I couldn’t think of any books for the Top 5 Wednesday this week, so I
thought I’d do a list of my top six books of the year so far instead. So these
are my favourite books of the year, so far.
So I know that qualitatively this wasn’t the best book I’ve read so far.
It’s not… like a stunning piece of prose, but it is hilarious. It’s funny, it’s
informative, and he has the ability to interest me in things I really have no
interest in, like baseball. I know it’s a sport, and that people hit things,
that’s about it. There’s a lot of baseball in this book, and I loved it. Which
I feel like is a sign of a good storyteller. This is by Greg Proops, the comic
behind the podcast the Smartest Man in the World, he was. This book is
basically his podcast in book form. It was great. Purely for sentimental
reasons I think.
It’s so good. It’s so good. This is the first book in Brandon
Sanderson’s epic 10 (?) book fantasy series. It’s sort of… Advanced Fantasy, if
that makes sense. I don’t think it’s a good place to start if you’ve never read
Fantasy, you have to be able to let go of the fact that you won’t get anything,
but oh my god. The world is so huge and complex, and layered. The characters
are so fascinating, and amazing. I love them! I’m going to buy The Words of
Radiance as soon as I can.
I thought this was incredible. It’s my first Adichie book, and I need to
read more of hers. It was great. I thought Ifemelu was an incredible main
character. She was complex and flawed and incredible. I loved how it looked at
race in America. I obviously have no insight into that, but it was fascinating
to read about. I find human interaction really fascinating, as long as I don’t
have to do the interacting, but can creepily watch it from a distance (that
sentence went to a weird place). I loved
it. It’s so good.
Jane Eyre is incredible. Yeah, that summed that up. Jane Eyre is the
fictional biography of a woman named Jane Eyre. She becomes a governess to a
little girl named Adele, the ward of Edward Rochester, a rich, very decisive
man who gets whatever he wants. He wants Jane and he wants her and they decide
to marry, but Rochester has hidden his crazy wife in the attic so it’s a bit
problematic. It’s beautiful and feminist and badass and Jane is awesome.
This book was so uncomfortable. It was so hard to read and it was so
painful and it was great. The Bluest Eye is my first Toni Morrison and it made
me want to read more for sure. It’s about Pecola, who is 12 years old, and who
is raped by her father. The book goes back in time to see how Pecola’s parents
ended up the way they are, and where they came from. It was heart breaking and
painful and amazing. And Toni Morrison’s writing is gorgeous.
I feel like I’m using all the superlatives, but it’s so great. It’s so
great. It’s about a young woman named Holly Sykes, and it tells the story of
her life through the perspectives of other people in her lives. And it also
tells the story of these two races of people who are immortal and they’re in a
war, and Holly is at the centre of it. It’s incredible.