THE TOP TEN BOOKS OF ALL TIME, ACCORDING TO ME 📚
Inspired by @ListPrompts. Can I just add that this is not right and selecting ten only is evil.
- •A Man Of Good Hope by Jonny SteinbergA real-life epic, documenting the journey of a Somalian refugee all the way to Cape Town - "the Cape of Good Hope", and how he doesn't find it to fit that description after all. Probably the best book I have ever read, EVER.
- •Sabriel by Garth NixAll other fantasies should bow down to this book and its sequels.
- •Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine PatersonI distinctly remember reading this at the age of nine and bawling my eyes out. It is one of the few books I will re-read every so often (I am not a re-reader).
- •Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah BaehrAnother epic, following more than three generations of women in the Middle East. Besides the intrigue and excellent craftsmanship of the author, what I really love about this book is that it is not solely a suffering-narrative; while so many similar books like to focus on suffering in the Middle East. My review here: https://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/book-review-three-daughters/
- •Zoo City by Lauren BeukesInternationally, she is best known for Shining Girls and Broken Monsters; but this gritty African noir is my absolute favourite. She is a prodigy! My review here: https://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/book-review-zoo-city/
- •The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra NewmanIt saddens me that this book has been so poorly received. It is written in several dialects (yes, a little challenging) and I loved it. Somewhat similar to Cloud Atlas, I guess. My review here: https://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/book-review-the-country-of-ice-cream-star/
- •28: Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie NolenWell, this is the book that made me decide to go to med school, so that stands for something. It is a collection of 28 well-researched and heartbreaking stories of AIDS in various African countries. My review here: https://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/review-28-stories-of-aids-in-africa/
- •Railsea by China MiévilleThere was something so gripping about this; and the world building was incredible.
- •The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodFound a battered copy in the ship's library during Semester at Sea, and devoured it. Never realised feminist lit could be so fun to read before!
- •The Road to Mecca by Athol FugardIt's actually a play, but anyway. We studied this in Grade 11 and even visited the Owl House. It changed my life a little.