This has been another very good year of reading for me in which I made a conscious effort to read a wide variety of novels and collections of stories by many different authors. My reading has been influenced by the many fine book sites which I monitor as well as various book reviews.
‘Every Man Dies Alone’ (‘Alone in Berlin’) by Hans Fallada – an utterly convincing depiction of the nightmare of the Nazi reign for average ordinary Berliners.
‘The Spare Room’ by Helen Garner – a book about the minor aggravations and the huge rewards of a really good friend during the toughest times in our lives.
‘The Secret Scripture’ by Sebastian Barry – A very traditional, but new, and powerful novel from and about Ireland.
‘Generosity’ by Richard Powers – an intelligent passionate novel about gene research and our quest for happiness.
‘Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It’ by Maile Meloy – Modern cutting edge stories about life in the United States today.
‘Snow’ by Orhan Pamuk – an involving novel of the situation in modern Turkey with the main character being Orhan Pamuk himself.
‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne du Maurier – A strong mystery-romance from this classic suspense writer.
‘How the Light Gets In’ by M. J. Hyland – the story of a female high school exchange student from Australia living in the home of Chicago suburbanites.
‘The Post-Office Girl’ by Stefan Zweig – A shattering story of a young woman in Austria during the 1920s.
‘What I Loved’ by Siri Hustvedt – A novel about two couples operating in the New York art world.