Top Ten Tuesday is a meme now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Books By Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read. I don’t participate in Top Ten Tuesday every week but I’m going to try to do so at least once a month.
I’m interpreting this week’s theme a bit loosely, because some of these authors aren’t technically full blown favorites of mine. I picked authors for which I had read at least one book and loved it – and then scoured their list of published titles to find my potential next great read.
It’s a pretty eclectic list and I even threw some nonfiction in there. It was fun to brainstorm which books to pick for this post and it definitely reminded me of a few titles I’ve been meaning to get to. Hopefully it’ll also provide good inspiration for your TBR!
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I’ve read almost all of Liane Moriarty’s novels – and even posted an Author Spotlight of her with reviews of six of her books ranked from my most to least favorite. She’s definitely a favorite author of mine when it comes to contemporary fiction. I’ve owned a paperback of What Alice Forgot for over a year now but haven’t gotten around to reading it. Thank you Top Ten Tuesday for reminding me of its existence!
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A little while back I posted a rave review of the audiobook version of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall – the first installment of a historical fiction series focused on the times of Henry VIII for which Bring Up The Bodies is Part 2. Wolf Hall was masterfully written and the amazing audiobook narration only added to the experience. I started listening to the audiobook for Bring Up The Bodies but the narrator unfortunately just didn’t compare. I did promise myself I would pick it up on ebook or hard copy but haven’t done so yet.
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
Considering how much I loved Anthony Doerr’s incomparable World War II novel All The Light We Cannot See, it’s pretty crazy that I hadn’t really looked into any of his other titles. The Shell Collector is a collection (get it?) of short stories and was actually Doerr’s debut work, so what better place to start. It also doesn’t hurt that it has stellar reviews on Goodreads. If you have other Doerr titles I should consider first, let me know in the comments.
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
What?!? A Terry Pratchett fan like me hasn’t read one of Pratchett’s Discworld novels? I’ts confession time. I actually only got to #23 in the series (Carpe Jugulum) before college hit and I forgot all about the Discworld for a bit. I’ve been meaning to re-read the entire series, which may or may not be too big of a task. At the very least, I want to eventually read the 20 or so (gulp) books in the series that I haven’t read yet, starting with The Fifth Elephant.
The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden
It’s been several months since I read the first book in this series – The Bear And The Nightingale – but I really enjoyed it. My LA based real-life book club picked it as one of our monthly reads and it was appreciated by members of pretty different ages and reading preferences. It’s similar to Naomi Novik’s recent release Spinning Silver (more on that below), with the same Russian-inspired setting and wintry feeling. I definitely want to pick up Book 2 in the series – The Girl In The Tower – soon.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I finished Naomi Novik’s newest release – Spinning Silver – just a few weeks ago. It was one of my Book Of The Month selections for August and, for a winter lover like me, it really hit the spot. My full review will be up on Thursday. Naomi Novik’s earlier novel, Uprooted, arguably is more popular and has received even more praise than Spinning Silver. How do I know? My boss recommended it to me and I’m pretty sure he’s not the target audience. I’m hoping to pick this one up soon, at least before the movie comes out!
The Mill On The Floss by George Eliot
George Eliot is one of my all time favorite writers, but nope, I actually haven’t read all of her classic novels. Middlemarch is one of my top ten fiction books of all time and I also loved Daniel Deronda, but I’ve never picked up her other titles. It’s kind of embarassing but easily remedied. Based on reviews and its premise, I think The Mill On The Floss would be the logical next step. Here’s hoping that I fall in love like I did with Middlemarch since it also has a captivating female heroine.
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear is firmly at the top of my list of favorite books about Scientology (for clarification, this a list of books that are critical about Scientology – no, I have not joined the cult). I had the pleasure of seeing Wright speak at the LA Times Book Festival and now have signed copies of Going Clear and The Looming Tower sitting on my shelf as a result. I hope to get to The Looming Tower soon.
Spook by Mary Roach
I’m the kind of weird person that likes to read books about death – but I can’t help it! Death is kind of fascinating at the same time that I hope it doesn’t reach me till I’m very old and asleep in my bed. Mary Roach’s book about death – Stiff – will be going on my death Book List once I get around to putting that together (it’s happening, deal with it). In the meantime, she has a wealth of other one-word named books to pick from and I’m going to stay on theme and go with Spook next.
God: A Human History by Reza Aslan
To end things on a grandiose note, I’ve been thinking about reading Reza Aslan’s ‘biography’ of God for a while now. His previous book – Zealot: The Life And Times Of Jesus Of Nazareth – would probably not be everyone’s cup of tea. I’m spiritual but not tied to a particular organized religion, so I appreciated it’s viewpoint on Jesus as a historical figure. I hope to get the same layman’s perspective, if you can call it that, from God: A Human History.
Have you read any of these books? Is there one you would recommend that I start with? Let me know in the comments!
For more recent posts on Novels And Nonfiction check out my list of October 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About, a review of historical nonfiction title The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist, my Minimalism Book List, and my review of the audiobook version of memoir Educated by Tara Westover.
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