Recently I was asked to list my top ten favorite books. I could easily have listed 100, but I did manage to limit myself to the following:
Mixed Marriage by Elizabeth Cadell – a laugh-out-loud story. Read about it here – http://www.emandyves.com/etcetera.html
I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani – Remember the flood of email scams from Nigeria? This book gives us a look at the other side – why Nigerians initiated the scams. Read more about it here – http://emandyves.com/etcetera.html
Alphabet by Kathy Page – Ms Page was a writer in residence in a prison in England and this book is a gritty tale of one young prisoner. The writing is exceptional.
A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron – Every single sentence carries so much meaning.
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – What happens when the Queen of England decides to borrow a book from the mobile library? So well written and lovely humor.
Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen by Glen Husar – My little blog story may do justice to this amazing YA novel – http://emandyves.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/a-books-surprise/
Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock – What fun to take letters out of envelops and enjoy such great art as you read. There’s a mystery here too.
The Forty Days of Musa Dagh by Franz Werfel – A heartbreaking story of war and the people who try so hard to survive it.
Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator In Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous – Wonderful satire of immigrants’ life in Italy. He’s written another called, I believe,The Bedbugs and the Pirate but it hasn’t been translated yet.
The Blue Castle by Lucy Maude Montgomery. – A gentle old fashioned love story. Colleen McCullough was accused of plagiarizing this book when she published The Ladies of Missalonghi.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – Intriguing look into the mind of a young man educated in the US on an international scholarship program.