I have committed to read 50 books this year and, with all that has been happening (this is where you imagine I live a hectic, exciting and adventurous life), I am surprised I am more than halfway through the challenge.
Since the start of the year, I have read 39 books and while I have already forgotten some of them, there are a few that I enjoyed reading very much and a few that made such an indelible impression on me.
By the way, I love getting good book recommendations so feel free to tell me in the comments about any good books you have read or send me a recommendation on Goodreads .
These are my five favourites:
The first thing that got me about this book was the title. I like titles that seem promising and I considered this to be such. I must admit that A.J. Fikry was a bit hard to love in the initial stages of reading but as the book progressed he became one of my favourite characters. I cannot say much more without spoilers and I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you. It is a book full of surprises and it is guaranteed to bring about a plethora of emotions. Perfect ingredients for a good book. I think this is actually my favourite book so far this year.
“The words you can’t find, you borrow.
We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone.
My life is in these books, he wants to tell her. Read these and know my heart.
We are not quite novels.
The analogy he is looking for is almost there.
We are not quite short stories. At this point, his life is seeming closest to that.
In the end, we are collected works.”
This book is a tearjerker.
The book started with a father telling his children, Abdullah and Pari, a folk tale. I have never heard a folk tale that I didn’t find intriguing and with a folk tale at the start of the book, I was reeled in. Fortunately, I was not disappointed with what I was reeled into. The story is mostly based in Kabul, Afghanistan and as much I have read so many books I think this was the first time ever that I had read a book set in Afghanistan. It was an amazing story and it brought such insight into life as it was in Afghanistan and this was a new culture for me. This book brought me a lot of heartache and I felt the pain of the characters. Real tearjerker.I didn’t really like how things turned out in the end with Pari and Abdullah but considering reality and the twist and turns of the story, it could have been much worse.
“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.”
“Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues,My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.“
This book indeed raised a lot of important ethical questions. Dear Anna, my favourite character, is more or less forced to sacrifice herself for her sister. When she questions and protests, who can really blame her?
This book was not only a story for me but it made me question my own life and the decisions I have made or have been forced to make for the benefit of others. As an older sister and first child, I have been placed in a role where certain things are expected. Maybe that is why this book resonated with me so much.
Still, it is an amazing story.
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect,” she says. “You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
These were birthday gifts!🙂
First, let me declare that I am a proud Jamaican.
Second, let me also say that the first fact did not at all influence this book being a part of this list. (Well, maybe just a little bit.)
The Stud and The Stud II tells the story of Jerome, a star football player and his exploits in satisfying his insatiable sexual appetite. These books actually made me laugh out loud while reading them and each character and their intertwined dramas was very, very intriguing. I guess it can be classified as erotic but that didn’t get to me at all. The author lets Jerome off too easily, though and some aspects of the story are obviously just a story – too coincidental, too ironic. Nonetheless, once you look past a few typos and the overuse of ellipses (one of my pet peeves), they were thoroughly enjoyable books.
I think the movies I have watched have put a blinder on me as it relates to American History. When I think of segregation, poverty, slavery and all the bad things of the America of old, I think of the Black people being marginalized. Like “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng, this book allowed me to see a different perspective as it relates to life in America for persons of different races. The focus of this book is on the Chinese and Japanese in America and the struggles they faced in the 1940s. It is also a beautiful love story of love that transcends races and who doesn’t like a good love story?
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sea Breeze Chronicles
I read the first of this set of books in one sitting. Any book that makes me do that must definitely be a good read. The Sea Breeze Chronicles are a set of about eight books, each sharing the story of one of a group of friends and their love interests. My favourites were Jax and Sadie’s story and Dwayne’s story. These are light, fun, simple reads. Perfect for the beach or for a long trip.