Reading incites many pleasures, including the opportunity to experience something outside your own knowledge and comfort zone. It is journeying to understand the world.
In 2019 it appears we have selected books that map unchartered topics: dystopian themes, satirical commentaries and plenty of US fiction, the latter of which we all confess to being less versed in.
But we are prepared to take the journey. Into the less understood, and the unparalleled. We’re along for the ride, as passive observers. Are we in need of escape, or searching for understanding in the corners of possibility? By the end of the year will we be as outspoken as the characters we’ve who filled our 12 months?
Whatever the case, we recognise that these books will provide insight into mindsets that not only abound now, but which have built the foundations on which modern day morals have come to see as the truth or at least the way forward.
Yes, forward. The only way to start a journey.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnston
Disgrace – J M Coetzee
Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward
The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
Less – Andrew Sean Greer
La Rose – Louise Erdrich
Dogside Story – Patricia Grace