Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Books for a Rainy/Snowy/Blah Day
This week’s TTT is actually a freebie and I was mulling over for a while as to what to discuss for this week’s list. In the end, I chose this particular topic because it’s just so glum outside today (and feeling so-not-a-Canadian-winter at all). The following books are a selection of light-hearted with (I hope!) not-too-stressful plots to check out during days like those:
01. Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day — I read this book a year and some ago and it is just the most delightful story. It’s light-hearted, zany, hilarious and fun, the story taking place in the course of a day as Miss Pettigrew ends up embroiled in the complicated and busy life of Miss LaFosse. There was a movie adaptation that was made a few years ago starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, which was equally fun and lovely.
02. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (review) — I mentioned this book in a previous TTT but this book was just a wonderous read. Although written in correspondence-style, the authors really brought the characters to life, making the overall story completely memorable. It was like making a whole new batch of friends, really.
03. Georgette Heyer’s The Reluctant Widow (review) — It was difficult to choose just one book by Heyer because I’ve enjoyed all of her novels so far (and any/all of them are totally worth picking up during those blah days) but I chose The Reluctant Widow because it’s an interesting mix of mystery/Gothic satire/family insanity/romance. The characters were interesting and I found myself laughing out loud at a lot of the craziness that ensued through this novel (which, when you read the synopsis, you’d immediately realise that a lot of craziness with follow).
04. Marie Philipps’s Gods Behaving Badly — There’s a lot of books out there about the Greek gods in our day and age. I found this one particularly amusing because of Philipps’ ability of matching them up with the occupations out there today. There were some really funny moments in this novel, which is always a bonus.
05. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (review) — I chose NA over Austen’s other books because’s the plot is fairly straightforward and it’s fairly light-hearted. Catherine is a young, amusing and imaginative heroine (not to mention relatable with her love of reading) and Mr. Tilney is a kindly, charming and hilarious hero. I personally adored all of their scenes together. Plus, the ITV adaptation was all sorts of fun.
06. Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary — Another amusing book to dispel away the slumps. Yes, we’ve all experienced some of the troubles that Bridget Jones expressed throughout the book–whether it be weight issues or guy issues–but it’s always amusing to read the way she expresses these issues as they come. You really root for her, that everything will turn out well in the end. I also like the way the novel was set up: diary format, starting from January to December.
07. Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — If you’re going through a bad day, it certainly can’t be worse than Arthur Dent’s. If you think you’re the most miserable person in the universe, you haven’t met Marvin. I love Douglas Adams’s narrative and the amusing way he describes situations. A lot of it’s quotable, which is also fun.
08. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (review) — As I stated in my review/commentary, it feels like coming home. There’s just something so familiar and homely about Middle Earth; maybe that’s just me, but the adventure’s something you could curl up in your favourite seat and read about all afternoon.
09. Stephen Clarke’s A Year in the Merde (review) — It’s been a few years since I’ve read this book but I remember being amused by this book. For those who are into armchair travelling (the actual term always escapes me =x), this book is about a Englishman who finds himself across the Channel and living in France. It was amusing to read his escapades and struggles in adapting to the French lifestyle and is overall quite a light read.
10. Lindsey Davis’s The Silver Pigs (review) — Okay, it’s a murder mystery novel set in Ancient Rome but it’s still a great read during those blah and/or rainy days because of Marcus Didius Falco’s narrative. Really =D
And that’s my list for this week! What is your TTT for this week?