The image above seemed appropriate since most of my reading happens on public transport 😉
Without further ado and in no particular order, here are some of my favourites from this past year.
BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue
Find of the year! Happened to come across it on the bookshelf at our holiday cottage and loved it! Such an insightful depiction of life as an immigrant. Very moving and relatable for anyone who has lived cross-culturally.
LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson
What a fascinating exploration of the different paths each of our lives might take if circumstances were just slightly different or we took different decisions in seemingly insignificant situations. For example: the doctor makes it before the snowstorm hits and the baby lives. Or he gets stuck and the story ends on page one. And so it continues. Entertaining and thought-provoking!
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
Beautiful and enthralling. In the midst of the horrors of WW2, two lives inexorably drift towards each other (and not in a love story kind of way). A captivating story beautifully told.
BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
Another year, another book by Fredrik Backman. And again, he did not disappoint. A wonderful story of hope, restoration and the difference each one of us can make. In true Backman style, all of the characters are multi-faceted and as the story unfolds, we understand more of what has shaped them and why they react in certain ways.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWS by Thomas Hardy
When you read the book after watching the movie and still love both, that has got to be a good sign! Somehow this classic had eluded me until now but I’m glad I finally discovered it! Lots of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes you want to yell at the characters (which I reckon is a good thing) – highly recommend it!
GLOBAL HUMILITY by Andy McCullough
You might have noticed that I read A LOT more fiction than non-fiction. However, each year there seems to be one non-fiction book that leaves a lasting impression. This is the one for 2019. It makes for challenging and at times uncomfortable reading but each topic is so worth wrestling with. Would be great to discuss as a team as well.
So there you have it – some of my 2019 highlights! And let me tell you, my reading for 2020 is off to a good start already 🙂
Any recommendations of things to read this year?