Recently, a member of my book group called me a ‘book pusher’. I feigned disbelief – “I don’t push books onto people!” I exclaimed. But I do. I do it all the time. Once I’ve read a really good book, I want everyone around me to share the joy.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Read in 2012. Or, in other words, the Top Ten Books I’ve Been Pushing on People This Year.
1. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – my favourite book for the year.
2. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett – this book will never leave me.
3. The Forrests by Emily Perkins – unusual and very special.
4. Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klaussman – sublime… Where’s the gin?
5. The Dinner by Herman Koch – gripping (you might even read it in one sitting).
6. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper – Tropper at his best.
7. Love & Hunger by Charlotte Wood – because for me, food, writing and reading always collide.
8. Ru by Kim Thúy – unexpected, delicate, memorable.
9. Mateship With Birds by Carrie Tiffany – I’m still thinking about Little Hazel and her pony-dreams.
10. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter – you’ll cry.