Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 2 April, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 15 Comments

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: Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

Fun topic for this week’s TTT! Granted, a lot of the books I read are definitely more-than-one-day reads but there’s been a few that can definitely be read in a day =P In no particular order:

01. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson — This novel is so light, sweet and wonderful that it demands to be read all the way through. The movie adaptation was just as wonderful.

02. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson — I read this last summer and I just could not believe how quickly I breezed through it! It’s a very intense novel, I couldn’t put it down because I just needed to know what was going on with Christine, the main character.

03. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (review) — I forgot how slim this volume was when I re-read it last month, I managed to read the entire novel in one sitting. And yet Fitzgerald has managed to convey enough of the story without stretching it beyond 200 pages…

04. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (review) — I read this book a few summers ago and it was the perfect summer read. Written in epistolary style, it’s an absolutely charming story that makes you want to just sit put and read their story to the very end.

05. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — A very, very slim novel contemplating on the phenomenon where everyone knew that a crime was going to be committed and yet no stopped it from happening. Curious work.

06. Silk by Alessandro Baricco — I’m currently re-reading this book (albeit very slowly) in Italian. It’s a slim novel that reads like a fairy tale but the story has a mix of adventure and sensuality.

07. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling — I started re-reading the series sometime last year (finally got around to buying myself a copy of all the series) and I was surprised at how fast I went through the first volume.

08. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill — A haunting novel that’s relatively quick to read through. I am curious to know how the recent movie with Daniel Radcliffe fared…

09. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho — Still hands down my favourite book from him, the message of the story is just wonderful.

10. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (review) — I totally forgot about this book until Anne mentioned it but I pretty much read this book in a day. Gaiman does such a wonderful job of bringing in the fantastical element and weaving it into a story involving coming of age.

And that’s all I can think of for this week’s TTT…and just shy from completing my 10 too! Unfortunately the rest of my novels are definitely more than a day’s reading, lol. Might come back and update this post if I think of another book…Anyways, I hope you enjoyed that list! What’s on your TTT for this week?

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15 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I love the movie Miss Pettigrew so I should read the book. I considered adding The Alchemist to my list but I don’t think I actually read the book in one day.

  2. I’m planning on reading The Great Gatsby for the first time this year! I’ve heard it’s one of those books that manages to convey so much whilst being pretty tiny.

    • Li

      I hope you enjoy it! I did not get to appreciate the book as much the first time we read it because it was for my English class but I would have to agree that Fitzgerald managed to really tell the story in less than 200 pages…

    • Li

      Agreed! I also figured The Hunger Games would make it on a lot of people’s lists, but I haven’t read it myself so xD

    • Li

      I hope you get around to reading Miss Pettigrew sometime, the adaptation was pretty close but the book was wonderful in its own way too <3

      I know what you mean about The Great Gatsby, I was lukewarm about it the first time too because I also had to read it in high school. I decided to re-read it because of the adaptation that they’re filming at the moment and realised that there’s a lot more to it…

  3. Li, we seem to have so similar tastes!! I watched Miss Pettigrew movie and well, as you say, it was a light work. Amy Adams was just wonderful, so adorable!

    I picked up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society because of the title and I found myself crying (you already know why!) and completely moved. A wonderful summer reading.

    The Woman in Black took me two sittings during school time but I couldn’t put it down. It was haunting! Ok, I admit it is no masterpiece, but it is well-constructed, eerie and completely addictive!

    Owww I remember when I started reading Harry Potter. I used to read for several hours a day… now I can’t imagine being so into a book, unless during my summer vacations. The good ole times 🙂

    • Li

      Hehe, nice! What was a great bonus for me in watching Miss Pettigrew was seeing Ciaran Hinds in a romantic lead role…this was of course before I watched the 1995 adaptation of Persuasion, but he usually plays such serious roles! xD (i.e. Rome, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

      The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is definitely the perfect summer read. I was recommending that book to everyone afterwards! lol

      Agreed that The Woman in Black isn’t a masterpiece or classic to remember per se but agreed, it managed to hit home with the eerieness.

      Yay books! =D

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