Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
We have arrived at this glorious moment friends, glad you’ve decided to celebrate my love for these reads in today’s blog post. Welcome!
Before we get to the list, I would like to tell you what constitutes as my “favourite” book.
Some of these books are pretty famous and I am so glad I finally got to experience them in their full glory, so without further ado let’s chime in.
( Not in any particular order they are all special)
(All book reviews will be linked)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Speculative
The premise of the book is very mysterious in the sense that the author doesn’t reveal the name of the place or the characters, we follow two of them a father and boy (nameless) as they navigate through a barren land on the aftermath of a disaster which almost wiped everything. The father decides that they have to go south on the beach for safety and we follow them, their thoughts, relationship and it is so quiet but a powerful one.
This was definitely a new peak in my reading experience, I don’t think I can articulate how the writing feels you have to read it to get it. Bleak, Isolating and depressing the plot takes the reader from this dead world through the perspective of a father and son as they try to survive one day at a time. The mystery of why this world is as it os takes the back seat as the reader familiarise themselves with the complex father-son relationship. One moving experience.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Genre: Historical Fiction, Family Saga, Canadian Lit
It opens with these simple, resonant words: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge.” They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister Laura’s death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura’s story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist.
Epic is the word I would use to describe this book, it spans generation and dives deep into the family dynamics. Rich in the way it’s written that the 600 pages seem effortless. The way the characters interacted with the surrounding and with each other was authentic bringing me to care about them and depiction of the Canadian history was so detailed, I literally felt like I was there. If you want an epic saga this one for you.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Genre: Sci-fi, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Runaway, one drowsy summer’s afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.
Over six decades, the consequences of a moment’s impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family’s survival . . .
This is my second favourite Mitchell book (Cloud Atlas go read it) Another year another Mitchell book that took my breath away and he is quickly becoming my favourite author. His command on creating lifelike characters with unique voices and social commentary in regards to humanity, connection, environmental issues is utterly brilliant. He has mastered his craft and it keeps getting better and better 😊
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Afro lit, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Feminist text
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
In my opinion, this should be required reading, this became an instant classic in my opinion. Filled with an exceptional discussion on literally every sociopolitical issue, empowering quotes, exploration of Africa culture and so much more depth that I can’t fathom. One of those books that will elevate your experience everytime you reread it.
I would highly recommend you go check out my Review because it’s my most read review of this year and lot’s of great conversation about the topics of this book was discussed.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
18th Century France, Grenouille is a man who has no human scent or body odour but is gifted with a very sharp sense of smell. He has the gift of recognizing and creating smells that would appeal to other people. He works as an apprentice perfumer and journeyed to explore all available human scents in Paris. He wanted to have a scent of his own. A scent that would give him the body odour that every person has that he did not have. It was his desire to be one of them that he makes concoctions of various perfumes to find a human scent that would make him smell like everyone else.
Speaking of Uniqueness I have never come across any character as unusual as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (the main character) Using the perspective of his nose we follow him from birth till the end in a slow, descriptive narrative that took my breath away (Pun intended) 18th Century France was beautiful, disturbing and utterly engrossing 🙌 I am counting down the days to when I revisit this book.
This year I was very picky when it came to my reading and these 5 books managed to impact me in a very personal way. What are some of your favourite books of 2017 or if you have a blog post of your favourite link down below I will check it out.
Thank you so much for visiting and Merry Christmas guys.