Today’s task is to tell you what I read and what my favourite books are. Tricky as I could go on and on and on about this forever. I have way too many favourite books to name them all, so I’m going to pick the first three that come to my brain (too much work to do before I take leave to do as many as I would like!).
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
It was our setwork in Gr11 and I got this version, with the sleazy-romance-novel cover. My first thoughts were, of course, WTF. But as soon as I started reading it, I tumbled into the story and was totally hooked. The opening lines are still some of my favourite to ever be written:
My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.
The story centres on Tom, who has to head to the big city to deal with his twin sister’s, Savannah, latest suicide attempt. His mother, of course, is in the background causing drama and his relationship with his wife is close to breaking point. When he gets to New York he has to help his sister’s doctor, Lowenstein, understand what’s happened to Savannah, how her past has damaged her so badly. Astoundingly written, beautiful detail and a chilling plot.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Love, love, love this series. This book was definitely my favourite of the three. It’s the strongest in terms of plot, tension, character and development. As I’ve blogged about it before, I won’t go into the details of the plot again, but suffice to say it’s definitely one the best examples of YA fiction out there!
The Other Side of Silence by Andre Brink
I must say, I’ve always been a bit weary of Brink as an author. He comes across as a bit, well, dry. And not in a humour way, but like an arid desert being poured into your brain page after page. But this book, this book I more than liked. I loved it. The blurb below is from goodreads.com:
With years of abuse behind her and a bleak future ahead, a young German woman dreams of her country’s colony in South-West Africa. When she learns of the women being transported to the colony to attend to the needs of male settlers, Hanna X takes the leap.In Africa she is confronted with the harsh realities of colonial life. For resisting the advances of a German officer, she is banished to Frauenstein, a phantasmagoric outpost that is at once a “prison, nunnery, brothel, and shithouse.” When the drunken excesses of visiting soldiers threaten the young girl who has become her only companion, Hanna revolts.Mounting a ragtag army of women and native victims of brutality, she sets out on an epic journey to take on the German Reich. Combining the history of colonialism with the myths of Africa, this is an exquisitely written tale of suffering, violence, revenge, and, simply, love.
Moving, haunting, extraordinary in it’s portrayal of Hanna, especially coming from an old-school South African man. But every word, every shift, every moment was so real it’ll floor you with it’s wonder.