If you ever wonder what book to read next, particularly over the Christmas holidays, here’s a selection of novels I’ve enjoyed over the past year or so that might inspire your next choice.
Thunder over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay – When an Afghan family return to their home country after years living in England, they face life under Taliban rule. The father hires a local girl to be his teenage daughter’s companion and the story follows the girls’ friendship through the perils of war.
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson – A tense thriller about a woman who suffers amnesia after a mystery accident. She wakes up every morning without any memory of the day before, let alone who her husband is, or anything about her past.
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this is a captivating portrait of life in North Korea under the rule of Kim Jong Il; a world of hunger, corruption, work camps, and kidnappings.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – Another Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner, it is a drama about Theo, a teenage boy, who finds himself alone in New York after an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum kills his mother. Taken in by a family friend, the story follows Theo’s friendships, obsessions, and criminal activities, which all revolve around The Goldfinch, an artwork he stole from the museum where his mother died.