It’s that time of the year, peeps! The time when I... - stuff your eyes with wonder

It’s that time of the year, peeps! The time when I check my Goodreads reading challenge and weep because I have failed miserably yet again :( Also, this has actually been the year in which I read the least amount of books .. double sad face :( :( But it’s not about the number of books but their quality, right? …right?

It’s been a weird year; it went by so fast yet each day seemed to move at a snail’s pace. Nothing extraordinarily good happened, nothing terribly sad either. Just pretty meh, I guess. But I digress (big time, ugh). Let’s talk books!

I read some pretty interesting ones this year, reread others I love and discovered some that have now become my favourites! In total, I read 20 books .. you can check them all out here. I’ll just mention the ones that I think you should totally read because they are lovely:

  • Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin. Just, ugh. Beautifully written story. I loved it. Broke my heart a little, but it was worth it.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. So, so good. A truly inspirational and touching story. Cannot believe it took me forever to read it, as it’s been sitting on my shelf for years.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, by G.G. Márquez. What a ride this book was. Lovely writing. Perhaps a bit too repetitive at times (and oh so creepy at others) but the last 20 pages or so are so, so good.
  • Blindness, by José Saramago. THIS.BOOK. Even though I had to put it down sometimes because the story was just too much to take in, I kept going back to it, devouring page after page until I was done. Then, I was flooded with a million questions, but I guess that was the whole point of the novel .. make you think. There’s a sequel I’m told, “Seeing”, which I’ll be definitely checking out next year.
  • Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler. This book was a thing of beauty. From the illustrations to the writing, I loved it all.
  • And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. I hit a major reading slump after “Blindness" and couldn’t settle on a new book to read. And that’s when my favourite queen of crime came to my rescue. I read this one some 10 odd years ago..? Yikes. But, yeah. It was a long overdue reread, and I think this time around I enjoyed it even more. Brilliant mystery.
  • La séptima década, by Ricardo Becher. Another reread, another absolute favourite. This is probably the most plotless book I’ve read, but I think that’s where its appeal lies. That and the fact that it has a very distinct Whitman/Bukowski/Kerouac feel to it which never fails to make me swoon. One of the very few books that hardly ever leaves its spot on my bedside table.

WOAH wall of text! Sorry about that, but I’m having book feels. I hope my half-assed blurbs convinced some of you to check these books out. They are good, I promise.

And here’s to a 2014 full of amazing reads! I wish you all the best :)

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