…at the moment. I read around 40 books last year and I try to read more and more as I go so that quickly changes. These are my all-time favourite books that I always come back to and that never fail to amaze me.
1 Thriller? Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
He develops such a fascinating story and if you like conspiracy theories that is the one to go. Searching for symbols, looking for evidence in old documents – that’s what I love about it. Set in one of my favourite cities, Rome. (It was really hard for me to decide on this one, I love every single book he’s published…)
2 Political Thriller? The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
If you see them on a bookshelf they look huge. But if you start them, you really can’t put them down. The most gripping books I’ve ever read. Full of action and wit, of characters with flaws and brilliancy that are created by a genius himself. Swedish thrillers really are the best. Maybe those winters are too dark and too long…
3 Crime? Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Such a witty and intelligent read to find the depths of human thoughts and motives in a rather dusty old English college where nothing ever changes. Or does it? Also a storyline that is developed brilliantly. (Perfect book for autumn…)
4 Political Fiction? A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Probably the most touching book I’ve read in years. It made me cry and sit in shock, it also made me smile. A heartbreaking story about two women, about family and love, about the horrors of the Afghan war. I’m not crying, you are… It’s just rain, you know?
5 Fiction? Nighttrain to Lissabon by Pascal Mercier
A journey of an old language professor discovering a book by a Portugues doctor. A trip back in time and also into the middle of our thougths, our minds. And as I really love to learn languages: A very interesting process of how learning new words can change your world and your life dramatically. (The author is a philosoph that may explain a lot)
6 Classics? The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
I never quite liked the Lord of the Rings but recently discovered that I should have read them in original because the German translation was really bad. So I started with the Hobbit and I have to tell you that I absolutely loved it. It’s a fascinating world and he put so much effort, so much work into it, that you’d think it really didn’t only exist on the paper.
7 Comedy? The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
It’s hilarious. Not only the title. There were times when I had to stop reading and just laughed for ages. Such a sweet old man one would think but really this story develops in an unusual way. Where he has been in those hundred years – the perfect read for those rainy days to make your family concerned if everything is alright because you can’t stop giggling.
8 Fantasy? Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Obviously. We need no words for that. Always coming back to them especially around Christmas, that’s seems to be the perfect time for it.
9 Young Adult? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A really touching, sweet and incredibly sad read with wonderful lines and awesome dialogues. Also, I really liked Amsterdam when I was there, it’s just a beautiful city. (Also I’m a bit biased because I’m a huge fan of John and his work on Youtube. But he really is a great writer…)
10 Poetry? The Complete Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Her poetry creates so many images in my head, from nature to love and death she wrote so many beautiful lines that sing on and on. And I always want to say them aloud, taste those rhythms, they are perfect.
There you have it, these are my absolute favourites. I hope you enjoyed this little journey and got to know them and me a bit better. Please tell me about you favourite books and what I should read this year! Did you like this little book talk?
lots of love and keep reading!