Inspired by @ListPrompts. Can I just add that this is not right and selecting ten only is evil.
  1. A Man Of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg
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    A 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.
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
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    All other fantasies should bow down to this book and its sequels.
  3. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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    I 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).
  4. Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr
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    Another 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:
  5. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
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    Internationally, 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:
  6. The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
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    It 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:
  7. 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen
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    Well, 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:
  8. Railsea by China Miéville
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    There was something so gripping about this; and the world building was incredible.
  9. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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    Found 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!
  10. The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
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    It's actually a play, but anyway. We studied this in Grade 11 and even visited the Owl House. It changed my life a little.