Another year has gone by, with again not nearly enough time to be able to read everything I wanted to read (that 'to be read' pile keeps getting bigger and bigger!
). Told myself a the beginning of the year that it would be nice to finish about two novels a month. Well, seeing that I finished twenty and am reading in four at the moment, it's not too much of a cheat to say that I made it.
All in all, it was a year of pleasant surprises in which I discovered some very interesting new authors and read some more from those I liked already.
Best of the best:
1. The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini: Gripping novel about a man who goes back to his homeland of Afghanistan to rescue the son of his former best friend. Told against the backdrop of conflicting cultures and a war-torn country, it's impossible to forget after finishing. Loved A Thousand Splendid Suns
by the same author as well, but it's effect on me was slightly less intense than The Kite Runner
Neil Gaiman: Second novel of Gaiman I've read, and once again loved every minute of it! The guy is witty, has an unbelievable imagination, writes with great originality and humor and is a brilliant story teller! In this book, one night a man named Richard helps a wounded girl, one who is part of another world that is some sort of alternative, but overlapping reality. Being pulled into her world, Richard will have to survive long enough to get back to his, and our, reality. He's in for the wildest ride of his life!
3. Spot of Bother
Mark Haddon: Described it here before, this is an incredible story of a family in the build up to the daughter's second marriage. All the characters are both completely normal but at the same time disfunctional. It's a novel that manages to be both funny and painfully sad and knows how to balance them masterfully.
4. Sourcery Sir
(according to Lucien
) Terry Pratchett: What more can be said about the Discworld novels that hasn't been said before?
Wickedly funny, crazy, hilarious and simply irresistibly entertaining! I'm reading the novels in order and I think this one is my favourite Discworld novel so far. Can't wait for what else Pratchett has in store in the next novels!
5. The Eyre Affair
Jasper Fforde: Also already described here above: a high paced, funny and smart novel that every fan of the great art of literature will simply adore!
I ended 2008 with actually starting yet another novel: Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian
. I was at my parents home one evening and had forgotten all three of the books I was already reading at my apartment, so why not read a chapter or two of this book that I had bought a while ago, and then get back to it when I had finished all those other books. Bad idea, can't put it down now! We'll see what the rest of 2009 brings, but I wouldn't be surprised to see The Historian
in my top 5 of 2009 list! Wouldn't have known about this one without this place. Thanks for the tip Manorites!