The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Susie made us cry and trust, in a ghost. In the beginning of the novel we already know that 14-year-old Susie Salmon is dead. She was brutally murdered on her way home from school. Thanks to Alice Sebold, Susie is one of the most captivating fictional characters in recent fiction. The hard to swallow book set in motion a revelation, something that hits home, comments on grief and acceptance, and reveals the strength of community and the wonder of the afterlife.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
227 days spent adrift in the Pacific Ocean has never been a better setting for a spiritual journey with a hyena, zebra, gorilla, and a tiger named Richard Parker. Yann Martel gave us this incredible novel at a great time, making us question our beliefs, how to deal with tragedy, the miraculous, and the terrifying.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
We all should feel first love again, even if we know it will end in heartbreak and sobbing. Sixteen-year-old Hazel is battling terminal cancer, when she meets Augustus in a support group. The two battle cancer with humour and pluck, making the most of what time they have left.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Do you remember what you wanted to be like when you grew up? This hilarious and smart novel explored the gaps between our childhood dreams of who we wanted to be, and who we became. It ultimately asks the question, who do you want to be now?
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Forget the movie, we should think of the book first when we hear this title. Centred around four characters in an abandoned Italian village during WWII, they are all incredibly diverse, all trying to unravel the mystery of a dying man. No plot summary can do justice to Ondaatje’s writing,