Here at Red Brick Reads we like to remind our readers that we know better than the big review sites that will purport to tell you what the best books of the year were. Sure, they have access to authors, writing staffs large enough to review all of the significant publications in a given year, the respect of most readers, and money. But we make up for all of that with jokes about Kanye West and the investigative ability to crack one of the biggest book conspiracies of the year.
May this list help guide your holiday shopping, even if you’re just buying books to read during your winter hibernation. If nothing else, maybe it will help you sound well-read at your spouse’s awful company Christmas party.
10) A good opening sentence is like a good punch in the face. The opening sentence of Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s Echo of the Boom is 20 perfect syllables.
They were all born after the fall of the wall but before the fall of the towers.
In my reading the cadence matches “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Even if you don’t stick around for 456 pages (you should) that first line will make your stomach drop enough to keep you reading through the first section.
I’m not far enough in the reading of Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s Echo of the Boom to say much about it except:
look at how beautiful it is.
I want to know everything about the talented people who did the design of this beautiful book so I can go and look at other beautiful things they have made. Go pick this book up if you like interesting books and/or beautiful things and we’ll chat about it soon.