It is the end of Blogmas 2021 and I feel it is only right to end on a high note – with my favourite books of the year.
Now, there are only three that I rate high above the others, even those I rated 5 stars so hopefully, this post won’t be too long!
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Féret-Fleury
Translated fiction doesn’t always work for me, especially when it is French to English or vice versa (my degree kicks in and I want to reword everything), but this one captivated me from the very first page and refused to let me go. It highlighted the beauty and the love we get with books, especially that one book that captivates and means a lot to us, and how it can take just one person to give us the book of our dreams. It might seem a bit idyllic but I think all of us will relate to that feeling of being recommended one book that sweeps us off our feet and lets us escape for a number of hours. It also shows the negative side of this (not really facing reality) and I’ve come to appreciate that recently because I now recognise it’s something I do when life gets overwhelming. Anyway, as we’ve established, I loved this book and I now want to find the original French release!
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
I actually wrote about this book on my other blog, not so much a review but a kind of commentary on its personal impact on myself and my sister a few months ago when we both hit a really bad patch, and it’s still a book I think about, mainly because it is written so simply yet with a lot of heart and care. It’s just a really beautiful, timeless book and one that has touched and will continue to touch a lot of people of all ages with its messages of love, support, care and friendship. It’s definitely one I’ll re-read a lot or pick up for a couple of pages when I need it.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, translated by Geoffrey Trousellot.
There seems to be a pattern with all these books – they’re all very reflective. Before The Coffee Gets Cold encourages you to question what you’d do if you had the chance to turn back time and honestly, they’re thoughts that have dominated my mind a lot over the last couple of years. Would I change my degree? Would I stand up to certain people? Could I have done things differently?… Of course, the answer to all of them is ‘yes’ but then I’d lose everything I’m happy and proud to have and this book helped me to remember all that.
I think what hit me the most about this book, next to the different stories, is just how beautifully it is written, especially for a translated book. The prose is effortless and it certainly helped to convey every message and thought. I’m annoyed I’ve not managed to pick up the second book yet so maybe it’s one for the new year.
And at just three books, that’s my list done. It’s a lot shorter than most years but the power in these books hits differently. They’re ones I’m not going to stop thinking about for a while yet.
What are your favourite books of the year?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!