As I bring my other blog, The Emerald City Book Review, to a close, I’ve just posted my seventh annual list of “Emerald City Gems” — my favorite reads from the past year.
For Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, here’s a selection of ten of my top favorites. What are yours?
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke marked the elusive author’s triumphant return to fiction with a strange, compelling and beautiful meditation on the spaces that separate and define us.
- Inferno by Catherine Cho was a stunningly written memoir about the author’s descent into postpartum psychosis, and her tentative recovery.
- The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier was a suspenseful and thought-provoking entertainment that played on questions of identity, ethics, and the ties of family.
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk was essential reading for anyone interested in the topic of trauma and recovery.
- I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong provided much-needed factual information about the world of microbes, as well as pointing out how much we still have to learn.
- Jill the Reckless by P.G. Wodehouse was a sparkling romantic comedy and a slyly humorous glimpse at the backstage Broadway the author knew so well.
- The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu was a spiritual and practical guide to the essential art of forgiveness.
- An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks was an eye-opening look at nine individuals with neurological and sensory differences, that may change the way you see the world.
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh was a melancholy masterpiece that explored the author’s love affair with a vanished England.
- The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brought the violent twentieth century history of Vietnam to life, through the story of a family and their ultimate path to healing.