At the beginning of the year I promised myself that I would only read 40 books in 2014. Well, that didn’t work! I’m over 70 and counting. In the midst of all those books, I read some truly great books.
Cutting for Stone – I know this book is older, but I finally read it this year. The dramatic story of an Indian twin and orphan in Ethiopia, living through all the upheaval there and later in America. The writing was outstanding.
419 – A little known Canadian book, this is the story of the family of a man who was sucked into an online scam, losing all this money and dying in questionable circumstances. It was the backstory of the scammer in Africa that even more compelling.
The Buddha in the Attic – A slim volume, this book breaks all the rules, with no single point of view and yet portraying the lives of mail order brides from Japan and the lives they led in the San Francisco area.
The Orenda – A disorienting book switching perspectives between three very different characters in Quebec during the initial French settlement. This book helped me understand my country and see a story I had studied for years from a different point of view.
Eleanor & Park – This book lived up to its hype, drawing me in to the drama of the lives of the characters. It’s not just teenage drama, it’s human drama.
The Best Laid Plans/The High Road – It turns out there is a genre called Canadian political humour. I’m so glad I found it. These two Terrry Fallis books are funny and immensely enjoyable.