Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Top Ten- Tales from Book Purgatory
This week's Top Ten is a list of books that have been on your shelf since before you started blogging. Oh my! So many to choose from. But, I finally narrowed it down, and above you will find the ten books I chose. Here's a little about how they ended up in book purgatory.
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. After plowing through The Handmaid's Tale, Wilderness Tip and The Robber Bride, I started buying up anything of Atwood's that I came across. But, I got tangled up on The Blind Assassin and I think that made me a little gun shy about the rest of her canon. Although I've read Oryx and Crake and a couple others since, so I really need to give the rest a read!
Watership Down by Richard Adams. I've had this book for years, and just last month one of my friend's read it and was telling me all about it. I think it got pushed aside because I thought it was going to be too sad.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. Lot of people were talking about this one when I bought it a few years ago, but it just never made it off my to be read shelf. Now that I've read Lake of Dreams by the same author, it's got a better chance of being read.
Lisey's Story by Stephen King. Believe it or not, the only Stephen King book I've read is On Writing. My copy of Lisey's Story is one of those stout, little, mass market paperbacks, and I'm not even really sure what made me pick it up, but I really should read it.
The Namesake by Juhumpa Lahiri. Again, not sure how this one found it's way home with me. I'm guessing it was being talked about a lot, and I jumped on the bandwagon when I found a copy on a swap site or something.
Life of Pi by Yahn Martel. Another instance of buying something because it was popular...
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Recommended by my women's studies teacher in college. She has excellent taste in books so I really need to give this on a read!
Eva Luna by Isabele Allende. Isabele Allende is another one of those prolific authors who have yet to read something of theirs. I don't know if Eva Luna is the best choice, but I gotta start somewhere.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Another author whom I have never read. (I'm sensing a patter here.) I think this was resigned to the stack because I thought it may be too sad, but I should really read it and find out.
Hiroshima by John Hersey. Talk about depressing reads. But, I feel like this is another one of my gaps in history and culture. It's also super tiny.
Okay, so help me out. Have you read any of these? Which ones should I read right away and which onces can be made into doorstops? Also, is there a different book by one of these authors that you think I'd like better than the one I listed? Let me know! And then stop over at The Broke and the Bookish and check out everyone else's Top Ten Tuesday List!