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This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011
Cannot believe another year has come and gone! This year has been quite the year in reading; so many wonderful books read! In no particular order (and going more or less in order of when I read it this year):
01. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (review)
One of the first books I read this year, I was struck by how poignant this book was. It’s a great coming of age story in Gaiman style. It’s also one of those rare books that managed to get me rather choked up at the end (I even mentioned that in my review at the time, lol).
02. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (review)
I haven’t read any of Hemingway’s books (have to get around to his works one of these days) but I know bits and pieces of his life. McLain does an amazing job of portraying his early life through the eyes of his first wife.
03. George VI by Sarah Bradford
I watched The King’s Speech earlier this year and absolutely adored the movie so I started checking out books about George VI. I knew the basics of his life and how he became king after his brother abdicated but I never knew the actual extent of the obstacles he had to overcome and the amount of pressure he had to endure. Reading this book, I gained a sense of admiration for the man and how he was able to overcome many of the problems that faced throughout his life with a sense of determination and courage.
04. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (review)
I finally got around to reading this book after a friend had recommended the book to me a few years ago and after I had bought the book the previous year. I am struck by Nemirovsky’s prose, especially as this book was not the polished final copy. The characterisations and the experience of Occupied France was just astounding.
05. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (review)
Another one of those books I read this year that left me thinking, “Why didn’t I read this sooner?” I have to say, I enjoyed this novel more than War and Peace (which I read about three years ago) because of the internal characterisations. There’s just so much going on, you just want to analyse every single detail. Once again Tolstoy gives a masterful portrayal of Russian society in this period.
06. The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte (review)
One of my favourite reads this summer, I just could not put it down. It throws you straight into the action and leaves you wondering what exactly happened from there on out. I also enjoyed the intricate parallels to a chess game and other, slightly more obscure, classics.
07. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Probably the best science fiction novel I read this year, Leviathan Wakes was an enjoyable space opera, introducing you to an interesting, not-so-distant future complete with political intrigue, alien mysteries and good ol’ human conflict.
08. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (review)
This book piqued my curiosity with its initial premise; I don’t read a lot of novels set in a circus. But all of the praise that this book has garnered has been well-placed; what I think is my favourite part of this novel is the lush visuals that Morgenstern provides. I really wish there were tents like the ones she described in real life. I also enjoyed the way that the competition unfolded between Marco and Celia and their love story.
09. Juliet by Anne Fortier (review)
I read this book during my vacation back in October and absolutely loved it. Talking to a friend, I realised that it’s been marketed as a romance, but it’s more than that. I thought that Fortier’s presentation of the Romeo and Giuletta story with a historical basis was an interesting one. And yes, the romance was nice too =P
10. The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (review)
Another book was originally supposed to take this slot, but then I read The Silver Pigs and it instantly became a favourite of mine. Marcus Didius Falco has to be one of the best literary characters ever imagined; his narrative is reason alone to pick up this novel. The mystery and the presentation of Roman life under Emperor Vespasian was also interesting, but Falco’s approach to life and the mystery was just stellar.
– The Villa Triste by Lucinda Grindle (review)
– Venetia by Georgette Heyer (review)
– Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson (review)
– The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato (review)
– Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson