Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was originally supposed to be “Top Ten Authors I’d Like To See On A Reality Show,” but then some feedback about its difficulty made Jamie give us a Freebie Week, as well. Thank goodness, because–and I’m in no way judging anyone who enjoys them–I can’t stand those reality shows and I would be mortified to see any of my favorite authors participating in them (not only because some of them are dead). Just thinking about it makes me shudder.
So, since today is also a freebie, I thought I’d look back over all the books I’ve read so far this year and give props to my ten favorites. They are listed in the order I read them, and clicking on a linked book title will take you to my review of that book.
My favorite books so far this year:
- Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
- The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Bee-Loud Glade, by Steve Himmer
- The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard (review to come) — If you love Thoreau’s Walden, you’ll love Dillard’s Pilgrim. If you aren’t crazy about Walden (or if you’ve never read it), but enjoy nature writing, you’ll still love Pilgrim.
- In One Person, by John Irving
- House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski (review to come) — Super creepy. One of a kind. I’m having a hard time deciding how I’d like to review this one, but don’t take my silence as a bad thing. This book is excellent. Did I mention that it’s creepy?
- 11/22/63, by Stephen King (review to come) — I enjoy Stephen King’s science fiction/fantasy novels much more than his straight-up horror novels, and 11/22/63 is really good. In fact, I think I like this better than Under the Dome.
- All of Toni Morrison’s fiction + The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison — I know this is cheating, but I recently finished re-reading all of Toni Morrison’s fiction in anticipation of her new novel that was just published on May 8th, and I couldn’t leave any of those books off this list. Her new novel, Home, is also great. I will be writing up something about The Cambridge Companion sometime soon, but for now I will just say that if you love Toni Morrison, the companion is a must-have. It’s fantastic.
- Lizz Free or Die, by Lizz Winstead
If you had to list your favorites so far this year, what would your list look like? Share your favorites in a comment–I’d love to hear about them!