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The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova
The Glass Palace
Amitav Ghosh
The Whispering Land
Gerald Durrell, Ralph Thompson
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Jonathan Weiner
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Charles Darwin, David Quammen
Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
Randy Olson
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Of Human Bondage
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

As I was explaining this to my boyfriend over dinner yesterday, the reason I would give The Cuckoo's Calling five stars is not just because of J.K. Rowling's impeccable writing (Robert Galbraith is her pseudonym) but because of one very specific reason: she understands dialogue like no one else. Especially dialogue over food or drinks. In so many books the characters go to a restaurant, order an elaborate dish and then exchange barely two sentences before it has apparently been eaten in an unrealistically short time. Same goes for movies where the characters order coffee and are never shown drinking it. That irks me to no end and I really appreciated the attention to detail in The Cuckoo's Calling. And, of course, it is also a very well crafted murder mystery.