5 star books:
1.) I Lost My Love in Baghdad I guess I liked this book because it is a romantic war story, and I like love stories.
2.) Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea This is an awesome book, probably the book of the year for me.
3.) Sacred Hunger
4.) Zeitoun (Vintage)
This one was a real page-turner. I highly recommend it to anybody.
5.) Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood I wasn’t a big fan of the sequel, but this book was a great read. It’s a cartoon, so it’s readable in a few hours.
4.5 star books:
1.) The Year of the Flood One of Margaret Atwood’s better books, in my opinion – well worth a read.
2.) Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home If you enjoyed Alive, it’s worth reading Nando Parrado’s description of surviving in the Andes.
3.) A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarns I haven’t knit anything from this book yet, but there are a number of appealing patterns, and it’s enjoyable to browse through.
4.) Minus 148 Degrees: The First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley If you enjoyed Into Thin Air, you’ll probably like this.
5.) Infidel This is far from a polished work of literature, but in my opinion, it’s a must-read.
6.) Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China A fantastic book if you’re even remotely interested in China, Chinese history, or communism.
7.) Shogun A page-turner.
9.) Cutting for Stone (Vintage) Completely implausible, but a good read nonetheless.
4 star books:
Guernica, Asta in the Wings, The Heretic’s Daughter, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, The Weight of Heaven, The Wings of the Sphinx, Star of the Sea, Swallows of Kabul, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Northern Clemency, Under The Dome, The Secret of Everything, A Gate at the Stairs, Your Best Birth, Mockingjay, Child 44, Seabiscuit.