I read 77 books this year. Here are my favourites:
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Most surprising read of the year.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Book I should have read years ago and will definitely read again.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. One of my favourite books of all time. Full stop.
The Power by Naomi Alderman. Most empowering read of the year.
Next year for sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson. Lovely mediation on friendship.
Journey Prize 30. March was also the month I read and re-read all the Journey Prize stories (all 100 of them!) and the anthology contains the absolute very best of the pile. Shashi Bhat who won this year is a dream of a writer and she’s got a book in the works so BE EXCITED!
Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote. One of the two most delightful reads of the year.
Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar. Speaking of delightful, this coffee table book/ memoir/ survival guide fits the bill. HARD RECOMMEND.
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. I got this book by accident! I went to the library meaning to get a Penelope Fitzgerald and somehow ended up with one of my favourite books of the year.
Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore. Funniest read of the year.
Small Change by Elizabeth Hay. Chilling and insightful book about friendship.
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantell. Quite possibly the most skillfully written book of all time. As a reader, it is a feast. As a writer, it is a masterclass.
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim. The Time Traveller’s Wife BUT BETTER.
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Sharya. ME TOO, VIVEK. ME TOO.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. The platonic ideal of a beach read.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Dropping back into this post to add this book, my last read of the year, and one of the very, very best.