Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, bloggers create top ten lists about reading, writing, blogging, and more! This week, bloggers have been encouraged to write about the best books they have read because of another blogger, in honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW).
It’s always wonderful to find reviewers and book lovers whose tastes are similar to your own. Not only do you have more to talk about, but inevitably they will open doors to new authors and even new genres.
I have countless recommendations from book bloggers that are high in my TBR stack, including the audio version of The Graveyard Book (recommended by Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves); American Wife (recommended by Carrie of Nomadreader); How I Became a Famous Novelist (recommended by Greg of The New Dork Review of Books); and Speak (recommended by countless readers and reviewers during last year’s Banned Books Week).
But I’ve managed to get to some of these recommendations; here’s what I thought.
10. Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers by Nancy Pearl
I first read about this book last fall, when I came across a great list of books for travelers (real and armchair) on NPR. I’m now a big Nancy Pearl fan, and I’ll be posting my review of this book soon!
9. Great House by Nicole Krauss
A friend and former coworker, Sarah Courteau, reviews books for such publications as The Washington Post and BN.com. She highly recommended Nicole Krauss’s Great House. Though I found the book’s plotlessness frustrating, Krauss’s characters are unique and unforgettable.
8. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
Though I had heard about this book prior to publication, it was Write Meg!’s review of it that made me push Fly Away Home to the top of my TBR stack. And I liked it, despite my unease about the ending.
7. You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
Another NPR recommendation! As I commented in my review, “In a world where much fear and pain remains hidden and unexpressed, there is magic in the slow unraveling of the inner lives of each character.” Soon after I reviewed this book, Carrie (Nomadreader) also had great things to say about it.
6. The Misanthrope’s Guide to Life: How to Methodically Disengage and Disassociate from Damn-near Everyone by Meghan Rowland and Chris Turner-Neal
I suppose it may be cheating to list a book recommended not only from bloggers who don’t focus on books, but also from bloggers who wrote the book in question. Oh, well. This handy guide for misanthropes everywhere is as hilarious as 2birds1blog, the authors’ launchpad into humor writing. I read this book very recently and haven’t had a chance to review it yet, but I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to recommend it to anyone who has a sense of humor and an aversion to people.
5. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Now we get into dangerous territory. The next few books were recommended by so many book bloggers, I’ve lost track of which one finally convinced me. I think this one was from Swapna at S. Krishna Reads. And I’m so glad she got through to me! Laura Lippman has become one of my favorite local(ish) authors. I was impressed with the quiet thrill of I’d Know You Anywhere, and her next novel, The Most Dangerous Thing, beckons to me from my bookshelf even now.
4. Push by Sapphire
It is impossible for me to count the number of people–bloggers and otherwise–who encouraged me to read this book. I distinctly remember Jen from Devourer of Books raving about it on Twitter upon the release of the movie Precious. I’m so glad I listened; despite the book’s graphic nature, it was a very thoughtful examination of incredibly painful issues.
3. Next to Love by Ellen Feldman
I was already planning to read and review Next to Love when I read a “Waiting on Wednesday” post by Carrie (Nomadreader) that really got me excited about it–and for good reason; I loved it! One of the best books I’ve read this year.
2. Room by Emma Donoghue
Room was another book that had the Twitterverse in a stir. I was aching to read it after countless glowing reviews–including another by S. Krishna Reads and, later, one from Jenn’s Bookshelves (plus many, many more!). Fortunately, I was not let down by all the hype; Room was my favorite book in 2010.
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What’s your next book recommendation?