Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year...
This week the good folk at Top Ten Tuesday have challenged us to list our top 10 reads so far this year.
The hard part, of course, is stopping at ten! And do I dare rate them from favourite to most bestest favourite?
Let's see what happens...
10. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
You haven't read any Moriarty yet?
What are you waiting for?
Moriarty is the perfect holiday read - lightly told yet intelligent.
You won't be disappointed!
9. The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader
Fabulous historical fiction set in a Medieval village.
Great new Australian author - UK and U.S. release due soon.
8. Ru by Kim Thuy
Vietnamese/Canadian writer - a fictionalised memoir of exquisite beauty.
Can't wait to read her latest book, Man.
7. The Incredible Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
A children's book that moved me to tears.
Beautifully illustrated too.
6. The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter
Gritty, tense and sexy verse novel from one of Australia's well-known poets.
5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A reread that has revealed so much more.
Scarlett is such a complex, fascinating protagonist.
Deeply flawed and not very likeable, but lots to admire.
Recent readalong discussions have centred around the overt racism expressed by Mitchell & whether this affects its ability to connect to future readers.
Or can modern readers filter Mitchell's southern romanticism and see it for what it really was, but still admire the craft involved in creating this epic story?
4. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
I loved the journey and can't wait for the reread that I feel this story demands.
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
More historical fiction, this time WWII.
Rich, epic and sensory.
Pulitzer Prize winner.
2. Germinal by Emile Zola
Riveting story telling, compelling drama, memorable characters.
A highlight in the Rougon-Macquart series.
1. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
One of the saddest books I've read for a while.
But so beautifully told - its authenticity and immediacy is what makes it so heart breaking.
I haven't stopped thinking about since & im looking forward to seeing the movie soon.
That ended up being a lot easier than I thought.
What is your favourite read this year so far?
This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and Bookish.