The year has flown by and there have been some unforgettable books along the way. Fiction and nonfiction, young adult books and picture books, a great wild mix of things. Here are my favorites, along with links to my reviews.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. The 2009 winner of the Man Booker prize. This is a fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell, his rise to prominence in the court of Henry the Eight and my introduction to Hilary Mantel. I went on to read A Place of Greater Safety, also a favorite for 2010.
The Negro Speaks of the River By Langston Hughes, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. A beautifully illustrated poem.
The World More Full Of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema. A novella that’s a fantasy, more a ghost story, chilling and very evocative.
The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon. A young adult novel about two brothers during the civil rights struggles in the 1960’s.
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon. A novel that has the philosopher Aristotle as its central character. I loved Lyon’s creativity and willingness to take risks with this book.
The City & The City by China Mieville. A science fiction/ police procedural/mystery/thriller unlike anything I’ve ever read. I am in awe of China Mieville’s intelligence.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell. A beautiful, historical mystery.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. A novel that weaves together history, politics and culture. I think I will reread The Poisonwood Bible in 2011.
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch. A book made up of many voices, each clear and distinct. I think Clinch is a consummate American novelist.
Room by Emma Donoghue. So many have read this book and been marked by it, there is little I can add.
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye. A first novel about family, memory and how we change and grow. I look forward to more from this author.
The Tiger by John Vaillant. On the trail of a Siberian tiger that has turned into a killer, Vaillant covers natural history, regional history and introduces the reader to the people that live in the remote area of eastern Russia.
Corrag by Susan Fletcher. A novel based on the massacre at Glencoe, Scotland that took place in 1692, wonderfully written.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. De Waal, having inherited a collection of small Japanese objects decides to uncover their history.
This is an odd, eclectic assortment. That is how I read and that is what I love.
Happy New Year everyone!