I thought it might be fun to keep a list of all the books I’ve read this year in order of how much I liked them, with a quick rating and a short comment.
So at the end of the year I should have my top…20 – if I have a good year.
So here goes:
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng Sublime and seductive 5 / 5
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, an intriguing excursion to the opium smoking heart of Bombay 5 / 5
Sylvia Rafael, Mossad Agentin (German) by Moti Kfir & Ram Oren Fascinating story, compelling writing 4 / 5
Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland Brilliantly told account of Black Saturday’s events 4 / 5
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Back yourself and believe in true love! Wonderful! 4 / 5
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Rivetting. Could not put it down! 4 / 5
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett (reread) Mesmerising and sad. Wonderful! 4 / 5
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Bloody, poetic, mesmerising. But not for everyone. 4 / 5
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Gripping story. 4 / 5
Stoner by John Williams Dull Story, beautifully written. 3 / 5
Testimony by Halina Wagowska Great yarn, inspiring! 3 / 5
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelmen Charming and quiet if overhyped. 3 / 5
You’ll be Sorry when I’m Dead by Marieke Hardy Playful and fun. 3 / 5