Author: Tom Rachman
As someone who works in the newspaper industry, I felt rather at home with this book and would probably recommend it to my journalist friends. For folks outside of the newspaper industry, I imagine it would come off as a bit of a gloomy read. Not so much a cohesive novel as a series of vignettes from the perspective of various staffers at an English-language international newspaper in Rome.
Title: The Magician King
Author: Lev Grossman
This sequel to The Magicians is decidedly Narnia-esque and, in my opinion, a more thoroughly engrossing read than the first book. Every few chapters we get a flashback to the origin story of Julia, a childhood friend of protagonist Quentin and minor character from the first book who takes on a much larger role in this installment. The story is much more adventure-oriented this time around, and Quentin's lost-soul-child-of-privilege angst, while still present, seems to have toned down slightly.
Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Read this after I saw the movie and quite enjoyed it. Bittersweet love story of two friends over the course of a two decades.
Title: The Affinity Bridge
Author: George Mann
Steampunk adventure that I've been meaning to read for a while. Not a huge fan of Mann's writing here, but it's a fun, fast read with a likable pair of protagonists. Apparently it's the first in a series (the third book having come out just recently), and I intend to keep following the adventures of Sir Maurice Newbury, agent of the Crown, and his assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes.
Two or more rereads (I haven't kept track) brings the reread total up to at least 11.