Now here we are…..on the last day of 2014, and this would also be the last post of Book Kaleidoscope 2014, as well as my last post of year 2014. It has been another great year in term of reading, I have read 41 books; 19 of them are classics (less than 50%...but I’m going to catch up next year!). Most of them were great books, and it’s quite difficult to pick only 5 from these tough candidates. But at last I came to this…
#5 Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson
I enjoyed this book very much; it is light, memorable, and adventurous, but also touching. It taught me about love and loyalty, without patronizing.
#4 The Last of Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Its rich sentences might be slightly intriguing, but beyond that, this book is quite an epic. While reading it, I wished it never ends, so that I could spend more time with Uncas and his father.
#3 The Debacle by Emile Zola
This is Zola’s only historical fiction, and as always, he ‘painted’ the brutality of the war very vividly. His criticism of France’s incapability and the Emperor’s indecision struck deeply in mind—as is usual with Zola’s books.
#2 Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
This book’s emotion is so thick and intense, it felt like reading a personal diary of an intimate friend. And knowing his strength and weakness throughout this coming of age story, I can only love him, despite of his many flaws.
...and the winner is....
#1 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Reading this book was a blissful moment for me. The story is great, and Wharton’s beautiful but mind-blowing prose has made her another (female) ‘Zola’. She has become one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to read more of her books.
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