A large proportion of the books on this list come from my university course reading, one of the reasons I do appreciate my degree.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)
Taking place in Kerala, this is a beautifully written novel about family tragedy, cultural imperialism, and healing.
The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga (2008)
This is one of the funniest novels I read last year, and a sharply written critique of modern India.
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga (1988)
This is an enthralling novel told from the perspective of a young girl as she grows up and tries to reconcile the conflicting ideologies surrounding her.
Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto (2012)
This is a strange and compelling novel about lionesses who are killing women in a small village, and the hunter who is sent for to deal with them.
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (2015)
I loved this wistful and strange novel about dogs who are granted the power of human reasoning and language by Apollo and Hermes.
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)
The United States
I liked how dark and weird this novel was, as well as how you really have to think about some of the lines.
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende (2002)
I read this a good few years ago and remember really enjoying it at the time, I’d be curious to give it a reread.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
Italy and France
This book is a lot of fun, with pirates, revenge, wrongful imprisonment and random tangents that make no sense until 200 pages later.
The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault (1966)
I love books about the theatre and all things to do with ancient Greece, so this novel was perfect for me, telling the story of a tragic actor in the 4th century BC who gets mixed up in politics.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (2014)
I wasn’t sure about this book initially, but as I got into it it grew on me.