1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: I had this on my list of most intimidating reads back in this post, and I am pleased that I finally got past my hesitation and read Les Mis.
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: A total tearjerker.
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: I started this shortly after grad school when I was working at Chapters book store. Seriously, how did it take me almost 10 years to pick it up again? So good!
4. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx: I loved how small-town Newfoundland came to life in this book.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: A favourite of bloggers and a moving read.
6. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: Time travel is always big on my interest list, but this book also brought the middle ages to life for me.
7. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra: Captivating book about several people experiencing the war in Chechnya.
8. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng: A beautiful book that looks at the baggage of the Japanese occupation in Malaysia.
9. A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova: A beautiful memoir of growing up in the later years of the USSR as an English language enthusiast.
11. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain: I can't tell you how many times I was tempted to fist-pump and yell out, "Finally somebody understands me!"