Lost of great books this year. Here area few of the novels that really stuck with me.
Euphoria – Lily King – A novel loosely based on the life of Margaret Mead. The writing was vivid and the characters were very real. It took a while to shake this one out of my head.
The Martian – Andy Weir – Speaking of vivid.. Growing potatoes in your own poop! I’m not a real fan of fantasy/science fiction, but this book was on so many ‘best’ list. It belonged there. It didn’t hurt that by the time I read it, I knew Matt Damon was starring in the movie, so I pictured him throughout the book.
Requiem – Frances Itani – A slow burn of a story of Japanese internment camps in Canada and the grown man reflecting on his life.
Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay – Set in a CBC radio studio in the Canadian north, this is another slow build, but wow. I felt like I was part of the team by the time the book was over. A truly Canadian tale of finding yourself on an epic canoe trip. A universal tale of loving someone while knowing they don’t love you back in the same way. Not all tied up in a nice bow. The best fiction I read this year.
The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman – This is one everyone will have heard of. A childless couple finds a baby washed up on the shores of their remote lighthouse. An answer to their prayers until years later they discover the mother who lost that child. Do you tear apart a family to re-unite a family that barely knew each other?