Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 26 March, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 32 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 I Recommend The Most

Modified this week’s topic a wee bit, lol. I could go on and on with my recommendations (featuring the usual suspects, a.k.a. my favourite books ever) but decided to list the 10 books that came to mind first and that I read somewhat recently ^_~ It’s quite an eclectic mix so hopefully something for everyone?

In no particular order:

  1. The Smart Ones by Jennifer Close — My review’s not up for this novel yet (watch this blog next week as I’ll be posting my review before the release date!) but I finished reading my galley copy of this novel and absolutely heart it! Definitely worth checking out if you’re into novels about family drama and living at home in your 20s and 30s.
  2. Q by Evan Mandery (review) — Readers of this blog know how much I heart this novel. I first read it last year and loved everything about it: the time travel elements, the reflections on life and the pop culture references.
  3. Nada by Carmen Laforet (review) — I was just talking about this book in last week’s Flashback Friday. It’s such a moody and introspective novel about growing up and family during the Franco regime, it’s absolutely brilliant.
  4. Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva — My favourite espionage/thriller/suspense series, hands down. They’re quick-paced and intriguing (to the point that I can never put it down long enough when the suspense really kicks in) with a cast of awesome characters. Cannot recommend his books enough =D
  5. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (review) — I cannot believe it took me so long to get around to this novel, it’s such a rich, generational story about this one family set in Hungary and France on the eve of the Second World War.
  6. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (review) — Catherynne Valente has a very distinct and unique imagination and voice in fantasy. This book is probably my favourite from her, it’s whimsical and magical and introspective at the same time.
  7. The Long Price quartet by Daniel Abraham — I read the quartet (at long last) in January (Shadow and Betrayal (review) and The Price of War (review)) and absolutely loved them. They’re so rich and multi-faceted, I’m surprised it isn’t more popular in the fantasy community. I highly recommend this quartet if you’re into fantasy.
  8. Redshirts by John Scalzi (review) — I read this book some time ago (my first Scalzi novel!) and absolutely loved it =) It’s such a riot, playing with the familiar tropes we know from science fiction but there’s also this awesome twist to the story which made things even more interesting. And it’s funny. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into science fiction.
  9. Stony River by Tricia Dower (review) — I read this book last year and it’s just a fantastic character drama set in a sleepy town during the 1950s where everyone is not what they appear to be…a tour de force in looking at various relationships and dysfunctional families.
  10. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell — The list couldn’t be complete without a classic thrown in there ^_~ Wives and Daughters is a wonderful story (despite it being incomplete; the BBC adaptation did a wonderful job in concluding it) that’s quiet and poignant. Molly Gibson is such a sweet character and I grew to just love the characters in their own way.

And that’s my list for this week! What books did you feature on your TTT? Please leave your link, I’d love to read it! Happy Tuesday =)

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32 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I have wanted to read “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” for awhile. You just resparked my interest by using the word “whimsical!”

  2. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t heard of most of these books! I’ll be heading over to goodreads to fix that momentarily….

    I’ve heard sooo many good things about The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making that I just have to read it soon, see what all the hype is about. I do love a good fantasy story.


  3. Ruby

    Wives and Daughters! I love that book, though I watched the BBC adaptation first. Elizabeth Gaskell is vastly under-appreciated, probably for two reasons: 1) some of her stuff can be a little “message-y” and 2) her love stories aren’t so much epic as quiet and, in that way, more realistic,

    • I can’t remember, I think I saw the BBC adaptation after I read the book (but saw the scene between Molly and Roger at the end first ;)). I heard that she can be a little message-y too, though moreso with her earlier works (which I haven’t gotten to yet). But yeah, her love stories can be pretty quiet but lovely all the same <3

  4. I’m excited to read The Smart Ones. I had mixed feelings about Girls in White Dresses, but I think The Smart Ones sounds great. Glad to hear you liked it!

    • Hope you enjoy all those titles when you get to them! I’m so happy they released The Long Price quartet in two omnibuses; it was such a bummer when I heard a few years ago that they wouldn’t release a mass paperback for the final installment of the series…

  5. I don’t know many of the books on your list, but they do sound really good :). And yay for including Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell! I haven’t read that one, but I’m familiar with North and South. Well I’m kind of cheating because I haven’t read the book- I only saw the BBC version with Richard Armitage.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • lol I think watching the BBC adaptation was how many people were introduced to Gaskell’s books (myself included; I can’t read Thornton’s lines without picturing Richard Armitage saying the words himself xD). Hope you enjoy the novels should you get to them…did you watch the adaptation for Wives and Daughters? I love that adaptation too 🙂

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