What a glorious year it was. One of the best i can remember in every way. In terms of quality, quantity and variety.
I really have to start with Elena Ferrante’s books which have been added to my all time favourite books. A masterpiece book series.
Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up had a profound effect on me which helped me de-clutter my life significantly. It’s a book i keep going back to and read a chapter here and there.
I also managed to re-read a book which once again met my very high expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Two remarkable books on the Congo, King Leopold’s Ghost and Dancing in the Glory of Monsters.
The Signature of all Things was probably the surprise of the year. I picked it up after reading James Harris’ “review“. Alma Whittaker was a wonderful character.
The complete list of books read below.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hoschild
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, by Jason Stearns
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, by Hampton Sides
Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Empire, by Peter B. Doran
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy, by Irvin D. Yalom
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (this was a re-read)
The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Story of The Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante
The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Gift of Rain, by Tan Twan Eng
The Big Nowhere, by James Ellroy
The Ace of Skulls, by Chris Wooding
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome, by Robert Harris
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai