My top 5 books in 2017

Am I too late to write a post about my top 5 books in 2017? 
I can't hear you so I'll just go ahead!

Without further ado, here are the books I loved last year:

1) The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Very simplistically, it could be described as a rag to riches story with the Indian caste system thrown in. Absolutely fascinating. I couldn't put it down. 

2) Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
This should really be in joint first place. Adoring sister helps obese brother get back on the right track. I drank every word of this book only to find myself chocking at the end. Only McEwan's Atonement has had this effect on me so far and that's another book I love!

3) Gloria by Kerry Young
This was a book group read and I spent the first 50 pages wondering how on earth I would be able to read the Jamaican dialect it was written in. I just wanted to correct grammar and spelling - and I'm not even an English native speaker. And then it happened: Gloria, her sister, the girls across the road, Pao... they all became real and I just wanted to keep reading to know what would happend to them. A captivating read.

4) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is another book I struggled to get into as I thought that the initial chapters alternating between the stories of Marie-Laure in France and Werner in Germany were too short. I kept finding myself snatched away from the narration as soon as I was getting into it. Like it happened with Gloria, however, I soon became interested in learning how the war would affect their lives and how their paths might cross. Such a hopeful book.

5) Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories by R. K. Narayan
This book was gifted to me before my honeymoon in India so I was particularly interested in it. As soon as I began reading, my heart was captured. This collection of short stories is exquisite and written in such beautiful English that it almost doesn't matter what the stories narrate. Except that the content, the settings and the characters that populate them are captivating too. It is in fifth place only because I prefer full-length novel to short stories.


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