Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve had a wonderful few weeks and are enjoying 2012.
I’ve already posted about my favourite books published in 2011, but last year I also read a lot of fantastic books published in previous years.
Here are the best:
My favorite reading experience of the year was my Gormenghast read-along. The first two books in the series were leagues above anything else I’ve read recently and it was wonderful to be able to share the reading experience with so many other readers.
I highly recommend these atmospheric books. They are packed with the most vivid characters you’ll ever come across and I’ll never forget reading about their adventures in that spooky, sprawling castle.
The Mountain People gives an insight into a society with a very different structure to our own. In times of trouble could we ever leave our closest family members to die? This is a shocking, but thought-provoking look at the way one African tribe copes with a famine.
This African classic shows how a traditional community was torn apart by the arrival of Europeans. It is one of those books that everyone should read.
You wouldn’t have thought a book about a child who tortures animals could be so good, but somehow Iain Banks manages to create something that is both enlightening and entertaining.
This book contains everything you’d ever want to know about whales. Nearly a year after reading this Hoare’s enthusiasm for his subject is still affecting me.
This isn’t an easy read, but I think it is worth the effort. The remote Icelandic community cope with many difficulties in ways I often found surprising. More people should read Laxness.
This book about how a small village is affected by the arrival of the plague is both gripping and devastating. It is historical fiction at its best.
Have I tempted you to read any of these books?
Do you love any of them as much as I do?