|My best books of 2014
I read 15 books about Russia or by Russian authors, 16 books about Italy or by Italian authors. I read 33 non-fiction books and 21 of those were historical non-fiction, no surprise there!
And now for the good part, what were my best books of 2014?
First my top three in fiction:
- Twice born by Margaret Mazzantini here A beautiful love story of two people who really want a child, against the horrible events of the civil war in Bosnia
- The Mussolini canal by Antonio Pennacchi here An epic novel about an Italian family.
- The rise and fall of great powers by Tom Rachman here The beautifully written story of Tolly and the different important events in her life.
Non fiction: The best on fiction book was a book by a Dutch journalist about Anton Chekhov, and I love this book so much because it gave me Chekhov in my life. Without this book I would not have picked up his stories and I would not have fallen in love a little bit with Anton Chekhov.
But since there is no English translation of this book, I will give you my second best non-fiction book of 2014 and for me this was:
- The Bloomsbury cookbook by Jans Ondaatje Rolls, here. Part cookbook, artbook, biography and social history, this book has it all.
- The root of all evil by Roberto Costantini here The second part in the trilogy about Inspector Michele Balistreri and his troubled past.
Best Fantasy (okay, I admit, this was the only fantasy I read this year, but still!)
- The fool's assassin by Robin Hobb here A new part in the series of Fitz and the Fool and I loved it.
- Simply Italian by the Chiappa sisters, here