Tuesday, 5 October 2010

My favourite books ever

Abarbanell, Stephan "Displaced"
Abdolah, Kader "The House of the Mosque"
Abulhawa, Susan "Mornings in Jenin"
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Americanah", "Half of a Yellow Sun"
Aitmatov, Chingiz "Jamilia" (classic)
Alcott, Louisa May "Little Women" Series (classic)
Aleichem, Sholem "Tevye the Dairyman" (classic)
Allende, Isabel "Island Beneath the Sea", "Maya's Notebook", The House of the Spirits" trilogy: "House of the Spirits", "Daughter of Fortune", "Portrait in Sepia"
Bernières, Louis de "Birds Without Wings"  
Borchert, Wolfgang "Das Gesamtwerk" (complete works) (classic)
Bradbury, Ray "Fahrenheit 451", "The Martian Chronicles"
Bristow, Gwen "Plantation Trilogy" (classic)
Brontë, Anne"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" (classic)
Brontë, Charlotte "Jane Eyre", "Villette" (classic)
Brumbeau, Jeff/de Marcken, Gail "The Quiltmaker’s Gift"
Buck, Pearl S. "The Good Earth", "The Mother",  "Peony" (classic)
Burton, Jessie "The Miniaturist
Bush, Catherine "Claire's Head"(about migraine)
Byatt, A.S. "Possession"
Coelho, Paulo "The Alchemist"
Dinesen, Isak/Blixen, Karen "Out of Africa"
Doerr, Anthony "All the Light We Cannot See"   
Forster, E.M. "A Passage to India" (classic)
Fredriksson, Marianne "Hanna's Daughters
García Marquez, Gabriel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (Nobel Prize 1982)
Grenville, Kate "The Secret River" (about the first "settlers" in Australia)
Hagena, Katharina "The Taste of Apple Seeds"
Hamill, Pete "Snow in August"
Hamilton, Jane "A Map of the World
Hansen, Dörte "This House is Mine""   
Hesse, Hermann "Siddhartha" (German Classic, Nobel Prize 1964)
Hislop, Victoria "Cartes Postales from Greece", "The Island", "The Last Dance", "The Return", "The Thread", "The Sunrise
Hornby, Nick "About a Boy"
Ingalls Wilder, Laura "Little House Books"
Ivey, Eowyn "To The Bright Edge of the World"
Kalisa, Karin "Sungs Laden" [Sung's Shop] - 2015
Karystiani, Ionna (Ιωάννα Καρυστιάνη) "The Jasmine Isle"
Kennedy, Emma "Shoes for Anthony" - 2015
Kertész, Imre "Fateless/Fatelessness" (Nobel Prize 2002)
Le Clézio, Jean-Marie Gustave "The African" (Nobel Prize 2008)
Lenz, Siegfried "Deutschstunde" (The German Lesson)
Lee, Harper "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Lippi, Rosina "Homestead"
Löwenstein, Anna "The Stone City"
Machfus, Nagib/Mahfouz, Naguib "Palace Walk", "Palace of Desire", "Sugar Street" (Nobel Prize 1988)
Mann, Thomas "Buddenbrooks", "The Magic Mountain" (German classic, Nobel Prize 1929)
Mistry, Rohinton "A Fine Balance", "Family Matters"   
Morrison, Toni "Beloved", "Love", "Home" (Nobel Prize 1993)
Nadolny, Sten "The Discovery of Slowness"
Naipaul, V.S. "A House for Mr. Biswas", "A Bend in the River" (Nobel Prize 2001)
Paton, Alan "Cry, the Beloved Country" (novel about South Africa)
Powers, Charles T. "In the Memory of the Forest"
Proulx, Annie "The Shipping News"
Rhue, Morton "The Wave"
Roberts, Gregory David "Shantaram"
Rosner, Elizabeth "The Speed of Light"
See, Lisa "Peony in Love"
Sendker, Jan-Philipp "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats"
Seth, Vikram "A Suitable Boy", "Two Lives"
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society"
Shakib, Siba "Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep", "Samira and Samir" (women's life in Afghanistan, first book more non-fiction)
Shields, Carol "The Stone Diaries"
Shriver, Lionel "We need to talk about Kevin"
Shute, Nevil "A Town Like Alice"
Smith, Betty "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (classic)
Smith, Zadie "On Beauty"
Soueif, Ahdaf "The Map of Love"
Spyri, Johanna "Heidi"
Steinbeck, John "East of Eden", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Of Mice and Men" (Nobel Prize 1962)
Stewart, Sheila "Ramlin Rose", "Lifting the Latch"
Stockett, Kathryn "The Help"
Stroyar, J.N. "The Children's War" and "A Change of Regime"
Stowe, Harriet Beecher "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" (classic)
Tademy, Lalita "Cane River", "Red River"
Talshir, Anat "If I Forget Thee
Tartt, Donna "The Goldfinch"
Taylor, Andrew "The Ashes of London"
Tellkamp, Uwe "The Tower" (about living in GDR)
Tolstoy, Leonid "Anna Karenina", "War and Peace"
Trojanow, Ilija "The Collector of Worlds"
Trollope, Anthony "Barchester Chronicles" (6 novels), "The Way We Live Now"(classic)
Tyler, Anne "A Spool of Blue Thread
Vargas Llosa, Mario "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" (Nobel Prize 2010)
Walker, Alice "The Color Purple"
Waltari, Mika "The Egyptian", "The Dark Angel" (Finnish author)
Young, William Paul "The Shack"

Ackroyd, Peter "Thames. Sacred River"
Alexijewitsch, Swetlana (Alexievich, Svetlana) "Second Hand Time. The Last of the Sovjets"
Barnes, Valerie "A Foreign Affair. A Passionate Life in Four Languages"
Bryson, Bill (any) (travel and other non-fiction)
Chang, Jung "Wild Swans" (auto/biography)
Dallaire, Roméo "Shake Hands with the Devil" (genocide in Rwanda)

Du Bois, W.E.B. "The Souls of Black Folk" (Life of African Americans in the early 1900s)
Emcke, Carolin "Von den Kriegen. Briefe an Freunde" (Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter) - 2004

Garfield, Simon "On the Map. Why the World Looks the Way it Does" (aka: "On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks")
Griffin, John Howard "Black like me" (white guy disguising as a black in the Southern US during the 50s)
Hanff, Helene "84 Charing Cross Road" and "The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
Ilibagiza, Immaculée with Erwin, Steve "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust"
Kerkeling, Hape "Der Junge muss an die frische Luft. Meine Kindheit und ich" [The boy needs some fresh air] - 2014
Kristof, Nicholas D. & Wudunn, Sheryl "Half the Sky. How to Change the World"
Levy, Andrew "A Brain Wider Than The Sky: A Migraine Diary" (about migraine)
Logue, Mark & Conradi, Peter "The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy"
MacGregor, Neil "Germany. Memories of a Nation" (Deutschland. Erinnerungen einer Nation) - 2014
Mandela, Nelson "Long Walk to Freedom" (auto/biography)
Massaquoi, Hans J. "Destined to Witness" (Biography, WWII)
Mortenson, Greg; Relin, David Oliver "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace...One School At A Time." (American builds schools in Pakistan)
Moyle, Franny "Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde"
O’Farrell, John "An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2,000 Years of Upper Calls Idiots in Charge"
Orth, Stephan "Couchsurfing in Russland. Wie ich fast zum Putin-Versteher wurde" [Couchsurfing in Russia. How I almost started to understand Putin]  - 2017
Perkins, Sue "Spectacles"
Precht, Richard David "Who Am I and If So How Many?: A Journey Through Your Mind"
Seth, Vikram "Two Lives" (biography)
Stewart, Chris "Driving Over Lemons" (An expat in Spain)
- "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"
Wiesel, Eli "Night" (biography, WWII, Nobel Prize)

If you are interested in the German titles of "my" books, find a list here.

My favourite books 2011 and 2012  

My favourite books 2013   
My favourite books 2014    
My favourite books 2015     
My favourite books 2016     
My favourite books 2017   


  1. That is exciting! Congratulations!

  2. This is an amazing list! There are many titles on here that I hope to get to one day.
    Happy Reading!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  3. Thank you, Rebecca. I always love it when someone likes my favourite books, it usually means we have a lot to talk about. Looking forward to your reviews of those books. You may always add your comments to mine, too.