8 out of 10

8 out of 10 : Oooh, man, we’re getting hotter: these books are within a stone’s throw of flawless and fall well within the range of amazing.

de Botton, Alain: The Art of Travel

Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games

Díaz, Junot: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Doerr, Anthony: The Shell Collector

Kingsolver, Barbara: The Bean Trees

du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca

McCarthy, Cormac: All The Pretty Horses

Ostler, Nicholas: Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Obrecht, Téa: The Tiger’s Wife

Pinker, Stephen: The Stuff of Thought

Thompson, Craig: Blankets

Thompson, Craig: Habibi

Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Silmarillion

Winchester, Simon: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief

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