Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About In A While
The Chronicles of Prydain – Lloyd Alexander
How I loved this series as a kid! I recently picked up a copy for myself at Book Outlet and hope to share it with my kids when they’re older. It may be a bit scary at the moment for under-fives.
The Dreamhunter duet – Elizabeth Knox
Two wonderful books (Dreamhunter and Dreamquake) set in a world where larger-than-life dreams are caught by the dream hunters and who relay them in what is a concert-like setting, a dream palace, the Rainbow Opera. And also a coming-of-age story.
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow – Wang Anyi (I wrote about this in 2013)
A gorgeous melancholic book set in 1940s Shanghai. It is as much a story about Shanghai as it is about Wang Qiyao, a pretty girl who becomes the mistress of a rich man.
An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination – Elizabeth McCracken
I read this in 2009, according to Goodreads. And I remember how sad it was, but how beautifully written it was. I will honestly say that I am not sure if I can read this today, after having kids (it is a story about losing a baby). But it was beautiful and sad and also incredibly strong.
Love and Capes – Thomas F Zahler
A charming comic book series that combines superheroes with rom-com.
Bitter in the Mouth – Monique Truong (my thoughts from 2014)
A fantastic novel about growing up in a small town in North Carolina in the 70s and and 80s but with a twist – Linda has synesthesia, she ‘tastes’ words.
“I was particularly fond of this thread: “walnut, elephant, candle, jogger.” These words brought forth the following in this satisfying order: ham steak, sugar-cured and pan-fried; sweet potatoes baked with lots of butter; 7UP (though more of the lime than the lemon, like when it’s icy cold); fresh strawberries, sweet and ripe.“
Inheritance – Balli Kaur Jaswal
I don’t know why I never wrote much about this, despite loving it. Jaswal has written from the perspective of a Sikh family in Singapore, that talks about so many topics that are typically taboo, like mental health issues and homosexuality.
The Company series (starting with In the Garden of Iden) – Kage Baker
I do talk about this sometimes, I think! But oh how I love this series by Kage Baker, who sadly passed away in 2010. It is science fiction and time travel and that may set some of you back but it is fun and funny and it has this wonderful headstrong main character in Mendoza
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Stories – Joan Aiken
Aiken is better known for her Wolves series that begins with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. But this one deserves equal love, it is eccentric and charming and just adorable. So much fun.
Red Sorghum – Mo Yan
Wow I read this in 2009, but the story still managed to stay with me, possibly because I also saw the film (gorgeous by the way).
Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them too? Do you have any read-alikes you can recommend?