This week's topic at The Broke and the Bookish is the best books read so far this year. Here is my list:
1. Maus by Art Spiegelman: I mostly read this because I'm taking a course on graphic novels, but I loved it. There are so many layers here in Spiegelman's account of his father's experience of WWII and the Holocaust.
2. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope: To be honest, I didn't know if I would like this book about a man's excessive jealousy. I think if it were only about jealous Louis Trevelyan, I would have gotten tired of the book, but the sub-plots and cast of characters kept me engaged.
3. Breaking the Tongue by Vyvyane Loh: A novel about World War II in Singapore.
4. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden: I've been putting this on a lot of lists lately because it's just so good. It takes a new look on Canada's History and despite the violence, I loved this novel.
5. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden: Yeah, he's a new favourite of mine. This novel deals with two young Cree men and their experience as snipers in World War One.
6. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov: As a Russophile, I really should have read this ages ago, but I finally picked it up this year and loved it. Poor, lazy Oblomov!
7. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: Despite it's length, I plowed through this book quickly as I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read Bring Up the Bodies.
8. Villette by Charlotte Brontë: A young teacher moves to France to teach in a girls' school. I really enjoyed reading about her experiences and emotions.
9. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels: Bonus points for the fact that shortly after I read this book, he came and spoke at a library near me so I got my book signed!
10. Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay: There are so many things going on in this story: Intrigue, distrust, jealousy, love. I really enjoyed it.