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: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While
In short, an excuse to flail over books I love and really enjoyed reading (and perhaps was pushing every so often over the last few years). I could do that 😀 It’s a bit of a mix, hopefully you’ll find something of interest?
In no particular order:
- Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs — Actually, I haven’t gushed about this book yet because my review for it hasn’t gone live yet! (look for it first week of April 😉 ) Suffice to say it deserves all of the praise it’s been getting, all of the nominations it’s received and accolades it’s won because it is just such a poignant and thoughtful and moving read about life and living and what it means to be. I cannot recommend it enough.
- Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (review) — Have I gushed about this book recently? If not, here we go: it’s amazing and beautifully written and moving and it’s set in the Soviet Union and omg you should just read everythig by Anthony Marra *hugs the book tightly*
- Viola di Grado’s The Hollow Heart (review) — There is of course Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books (see author tag), Italy’s latest awesome literary export, but there’s also this book. The topic it ventures, the imagination that went into the after-effects and consequences of a particular event to its lead character are just astounding and moving. I cannot recommend it enough, again it was easily one of the best books I read last year.
- Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s The Scar (review) — A lovely reminder how there are standalone fantasy novels out there that self-contained, fleshed out in its worldbuilding and characters and story arcs, and just flat-out amazing. This book has all of them (plus an amazing book cover to boot!). If you’re into reading fantasy novels, this is definitely a novel to check out.
- Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (review) — Mansfield Park doesn’t get as much love as Jane Austen’s other books but it’s so worth checking out as the characterisations and the themes that it tackles are very interesting, very rich, the contrasts thought-provoking. It fascinated me so much that I commented about it again last year when I re-read the book.
- Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge (review) — Starting to dig a little further back into my blog here 😉 One of the best books I read in…2012. If you’re a reader of historical fiction particularly set during WW2, the thought may have crossed your mind at one time or another how perhaps the setting and genre might be a bit over-saturated (or maybe you haven’t gotten to that point–if not, good for you). I think this book is refreshing in the subgenre in how rich and inter-generational it was, how it covers an area of Europe during WW2 that I don’t often see, and it’s all-around a rivetting read.
- Sebastien Japrisot’s A Very Long Engagement (review) — You’ve probably encountered the movie starring Audrey Tautou at some point. It’s a beautiful movie–I’d say it’s fairly up there amongst my favourites–but the novel it was based on is much more amazing, the themes and characterisations much sharper, the language quirky yet revealing.
- Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (review) — Another French literary title! Again, I first encountered this story first through the movie adaptation starring Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet, and decided to check out the book. It’s a great book: the characters were wonderful, all struggling to belong and overcome their own troubles, it had me laughing at times and sad in other moments.
- John Williams’ Stoner (review) — I agree with the review blurb that said it was a forgotten American classic because it really touches on issues like what happens when you find yourself unfulfilled in your life. It’s a quiet novel but it left me with a lot of feels.
- Ivan Goncharov’s Oblamov (review) — And now for a little bit of Russian to wrap it all up 😉 There’s so much more to this novel than meets the eye: on the surface it’s pretty hilarious with the titular character being bombarded with visitors when all the while he just wants to stay in bed. But underneath it all is about a person–and a class, if you want to the thematic route–whose potential is unfulfilled and who gradually loses hope. Okay, that got serious (but what Russian novel doesn’t?) but I’d definitely cast it up there as a classic to check out if you’re looking to start reading Russian classics as it is fascinating.
And that’s my list for this week! Have you read any of the above titles? Been meaning to check out some of them? What books did you list this week? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂