I don't typically write year-end posts or make New Year's resolutions or Top 10 lists or anything like that. But for those of you who know me, you know I love to read. And to mark the end of my" read during my free time for pleasure and get lost in a book" period and enter my "read text books not so much for pleasure however useful they might be during my free time" period, I have decided to list some of the books I have read this year that I really enjoyed. I know that I am probably behind in most of these--remember, I live in Africa. But still, maybe you'll see one that piques your interest.
These are in the order I read them this year.
1. Country Driving -- A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler.
Narrative non-fiction at its best. This is the third book in a series about China. Perhaps I liked it even more because of all the memories of my time in China coming up as I read, but I still think anyone would find it interesting.
2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
A beautiful book about the relationships between hostages and their kidnappers. The book is a little slow. I didn't realize how much I was invested in it until the very end when I found myself weeping.
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I was hesitant to read this book just because of all the hype surrounding it. I usually find when a book is super popular I end up disappointed. But this was great. Not sappy at all.
4, 5, and 6. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Some people don't like this series assuming it's all about kids killing kids, but really it's about an oppressive government and the people who rise against it. I couldn't put them down.
7. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
This book is set at a mission hospital in Ethiopia. It is the story of the physicians who work there. I will say, this book might not be for everyone - the medical explanations are in great detail, often a little more than I would have wished.
8 and 9. Progeny (the Children of the White Lions) and Prophecy (the Children of the White Lions) by R.T. Kaelin
It's been a long time since I've read a fantasy series this good. It's creative and is even clean; I'm not a fan of graphic violence, even in battle scenes. The only downside is that I'll have to wait a long time to read the third one, as the second one only just came out.
10. Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
I love Agatha Christie; particularly Hercule Poirot stories. This one was a lot of fun to read (provided you think murder mysteries are fun).