Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 27 June, 2017 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: Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Pretty straightforward, lol. I can’t believe we’ve already halfway through the year–seems like yesterday we were just ringing in 2017. But then again time has been feeling kind of wonky for me lately xD Anywho, I haven’t been reading as much this year compared to previous years but nonetheless I’ve read some

In no particular order:

  1. The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (review) — I read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (review) a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it but this book was beyond precious, I love it even more! Which is surprising in that I didn’t expect to love LOVE it the way I do…It’s a quiet novel but it’s powerful in its look at life and imminent death and love and just the sum of human experience and relationships. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend checking it out.
  2. In Search of Duende by Federico Garcia Lorca (review) — It’s no secret that I love Federico Garcia Lorca’s works so when I saw that his essays were compiled in this book, I just had to check it out. It’s an illuminating book discussing that mysterious concept of duende and its relation to Spanish character and culture. Totally up my alley of academic interests, but also informs some of his own works too.
  3. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy (review) — After years of eyeing this book I finally read it and it did not disappoint! There are so many wonderful quotations, I could just fill my quotes book with them! But its look at love and time and experiences is quite marvelous too…I sense an early theme running here of the books I love this year 😛
  4. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (review) — Another book I only got around to reading now, lol. Again, totally up there in my alley of interests in that it looks at the subject of what it’s like to be a creative under the Stalinist era, the lengths you go to survive to appease the government you’re under and what happens to your artistic integrity in the process. Soviet identity, Russian identity, what is art?…As I mentioned in my book review, where was this book when I was writing my thesis? lol. Brilliant book.
  5. Only Beloved by Mary Balogh (review) — Okay, I’ve been picking and choosing my way through the Survivors’ Club series but I had to pick this book up as it sort of book-ends the other book of hers that I read. Not only is Mary Balogh’s writing wonderful to read, but the story of George and Dora reminds me of Persuasion (review) *happy sigh*
  6. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (review) — I love her comics, period. If you haven’t checked out her stuff before, you’re in for a treat–and now she’s compiled them in two books!
  7. Of Yesteryear by Lauren Eden (review) — I love the book cover. I also love her poetry.
  8. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson — My review of this novel won’t be going live until next month but it’s another one of those delightfully quiet reads that I’ve read this year, and perfect for the summer. I thought the characterisations of Sophia and her grandmother were especially well done.
  9. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (review) — A fantastic novella with interesting characters and the concept of the paranormal felt different somehow. I’m becoming quite the fan of Seanan McGuire’s works!
  10. The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh — Hmm, for some reason I thought I had reviewed this book but I guess I didn’t. Anyway this was 2016’s CBC Massey Lecture Series feature and it was an excellent book looking at where we are right now in history, the challenges we face moving forward. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for explanations about where we are right now.

And that’s my list for this week! What were some of the best books you’ve read so far this year? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! Happy Tuesday 🙂


15 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. The cover of Of Yesteryear grabbed me right away. And your review of the book has sold me on it. I will have to add it to my wish list. I really need to read more by Simon van Booy. I just love his writing style. Great list, Lianne. All of these sound so good!

  2. I love Sarah Andersen’s comics and I’ve been reading a few of Seanan McGuire’s books too. She does a lot of different things really well.

  3. I LOVE Mary Balogh! I also love that she does a pretty good job when it comes to writing about disability. I actually won Only Beloved in a giveaway, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. (I like to stockpile my romance – I tend to go months without reading any and then I’ll ready like 10 of them in a row haha. It’s how I deal with my stress!)

  4. The Summer Book! I had that out from the library the other day but had to return it before I could get to it. (I’m waiting for the weather to really peak, then I’d like to read it :P) Nice to see it in your top 10.

  5. All of these are unfamiliar to me, but how cool does “The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy” look?? I know… there I go again. Judging a book by its cover. 😉

    And I’m SO with you. WHERE has 2017 gone?? I say this every single year, but I think each year speeds by faster. *sigh*

    So glad to have you visit Finding Wonderland, Lianne! Thanks. 🙂

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