Coming up with a list of favourite books is super hard, but I’ve tried. These are some of my best loved:
Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree/Shokoofeh Azar
Set in Iran after the Islamic revolution, the novel is at times confronting. The book is written in the classical style of Persian fables and this makes the challenging scenes somehow easier to bear. I’m so glad I picked up this book.
The Remains of the Day/Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my all time favourite authors and The Remains of the Day is beautiful book. Stevens is a dignified, stubborn narrator who has trouble expressing emotion and cannot relinquish his role as a butler (even momentarily) in order to live his own life – your heart will break for him. This book reminds you of the importance of seizing opportunities and living life.
The Constant Princess/Philippa Gregory
I enjoyed this series immensely. “The Constant Princess” is the prequel to the better known “The Other Boleyn Girl” and follows the early life of Katherine of Aragon, the fierce Spanish Infanta and wife of a notorious Henry VIII. There are fifteen Plantagenet and Tudor novels in this series, I’ve read them all and went on to watch the Showtime TV series “The Tudors” for those who like to read the book first and watch the TV/film adaptation afterwards!
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius/Dave Eggers
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. It chronicles his stewardship of his younger brother Christopher “Toph” Eggers following the cancer-related deaths of his parents. I read this book as a teenager and so many years later, it’s still a favourite. A funny, sad and beautiful read.
You either love it or hate it. I loved it – the story, the human relationships, and the remarkable and memorable characters – all of it. When I finished this book, I felt so sad to leave the characters behind, they really become a part of your world while you’re reading the 900 or so pages.