Sightlines, by Kathleen Jamie. I am absolutely entranced.
The Secret River (re-read for teaching)
Potiki, Patricia Grace (re-read for teaching)
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (re-read for teaching) Interesting how different the experience of reading this is now I have children.
The Bees, Carol Ann Duffy
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini. So many people had recommended this. The first half felt quite tinny after The Inheritance of Loss, but I did get into it in the end.
The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai. Found this hard going but utterly haunting.
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert – adored this one.
Mr Pip, Lloyd Jones – enjoyed this but wasn’t sure about the end – wasn’t quite convinced. Decided not to add it to my curriculum, though it would be interesting to see what my students think of it.
The Strays, Emily Bitto – loved this. Actually, it’s been a very good year for reading so far – I’ve loved all of these.
The Buried Giant, Kasuo Ishuguro
Lila, Marilynne Robsinson
Daughters of the Storm, Kim Wilkins
Dear Life, Alice Munro