The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are most enjoying this month, just in time to for you to add them to your Christmas List.
"This story of an American translator, Emma, trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of "her author" in Rio is fast paced and gripping, I read it in a weekend! However it was the masterly crafted language, warmth and insightful examination of both Emma's personal motives and the ethics of translation that really got me. A great read that makes you think." - Miranda Roszkowski
"This came out in 2015 and was recommended by several friends, but I only finally got round to picking it up before this year's NaWriNoMo to try and help with motivation. I once more failed at the first hurdle with NaWriNoMo but was really glad I picked this up, lots of practical advice as well as inspiration on novel writing from a wide range of perspectives." - Katherine Vik
"I finally got around to reading War & Peace (an hour a day on my commute.) Thought I might skip some of the war bits but no - I'm loving the war as much as the peace. Tolstoy, you were a clever bastard and your wife was a saint - but your characters are jaw-droppingly real and rounded and flawed! 30% left to enjoy over Xmas." - Stella Klein
"2016: 'The app is Tinder, selfie has been declared the word of the year, and a study has come out showing that our language is more self-centred than ever before', but is this really the most narcissistic era that the human kind has ever experienced? Kristin Dombek explores the question in her book: 'The Selfishness of Others. An Essay on the fear of Narcissism'." - Paola Moretti