As we’ve come to just over the half-way point of the year, I thought I would let you know what have been my most favourite reads of the year so far.
I’m fully expecting this list to change again by the end of the year as I’m planning on reading a lot more amazing books.
#1 I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle definitely deserves its place as #1 on my favourite books of the year so far list – and I only read it this month! It’s such a heartwarming tale, full of beautiful descriptions of the English countryside. I would recommend it to everyone.
#2 The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Not only is The Hobbit one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, but also one of my favourite books ever. You couldn’t read a more charming and exciting adventure story. I love that at its core it is pure escapism, but if you want to you can read deeper into the story and the nuances that J.R.R Tolkien was trying to tell.
#3 L’Étranger by Albert Camus
My second book I read in French this year and such a great, thought-provoking read! This book definitely explores the theme of existentialism so if that’s not your cup of tea then maybe give this book a skip. If it is then you can be sure of digging deep within yourself and questioning everything at least once during the book.
#4 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This is the first of Maya Angelou’s remarkably enaging, shocking and inspiring memoirs. It feels weird to say I enjoyed a book that explores the themes of rape, incest, violence and racism, but I do think it is a very important read that everyone should delve into.
#5 Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This was the first book I read in French this year and it was so enjoyable. It was really a great place to start with getting back into French as the sentence structures aren’t too complex and the vocabularly is quite basic. But this doesn’t mean thath the story is basic at all! It’s a beautiful, adventure tale full of amazing quotes and moments that will remain in your mind forever.
#6 The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
This was Dickens’ first ever book and you can already see perfectly the Dickensian spirit in this book through the names, characterisation, as well as the intricate and erudite descriptions. I liked that this book didn’t really resemble a novel, more a series of vignettes focusing on different characters and how they all intertwine in some way. I also don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud whilst reading Dickens, but I did with The Pickwick Papers!
#7 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
I might be cheating a little with this chocie as it’s technically three books however, I couldn’t choose just one out of the three and I feel like you can’t read them apart from each other. In fact, Tolkien didn’t want them to be chopped into three but instead read together. This book, like The Hobbit, is pure escapism and adventure. It really does take you to a different world and you begin to become invested in the characters’ journeys from the first chapter. These are definitely books for the reading bucket list!
#8 The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
I loved that this Poirot mystery didn’t have the typical set-up of a Christie novel. It is one of the most engrossing Poirot stories out there and, if I hadn’t have watched the BBC adaptation of the book, then I would have found it near-impossible to guess who was the murder; clues are thrown around, red herrings are everywhere…
#9 I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne du Maurier
My first Daphne du Maurier read and I was not disappointed. Everything I’d ever heard about du Maurier was present in this read: beautiful descriptions of landscape, beautiful writing… I find it interesting to read an authors first book and then gradually read through all their other works to see how their writing style has progressed. I started off on a high so I’m only expecting great things from Daphne du Maurier.
#10 The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers
This collection of short stories made it onto this list for the title story alone. The stories, though quite minimalistic, are full of life fuelled by McCullers beautiful descriptive writing and engaging way of writing dialogue. I found it very interesting that McCullers chooses to focus her writing on the complexities of isolation and small-town life.
What are your favourite books you’ve read this year?
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx