Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Books I’ve Read During The Lifespan Of My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog’. I have a 5/5 section so that great books are just a click away but here are my faves (since December last year… I’m new to this gig) –

1. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter – There are lots of thoughts on love throughout the book (and from many different points of view). Some are hardened, some romantic, some sentimental – all are truthful. Warning: have tissues at hand.

2. Mateship With Birds by Carrie Tiffany – If  writing style can be true to the Australian agricultural landscape, this is it – sparse, brittle, obvious. But look a little closer and you’ll find there’s much more to see. This book has been listed on the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist.

3. Delicacy by David Foenkinos – I loved this unusual love story from the very first page.

4. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett – Be aware that this is the saddest book I’ve ever read. There were points during the book that I couldn’t read through my tears. Hartnett writes lots of YA fiction (don’t miss Butterfly) – although this book was originally published for the YA market it is certainly one of those books that crosses lots of reading groups.

5. Just My Type – a book about fonts by Simon Garfield – if you only read one non-fiction book this year, pick this one. In telling the history of typesets and fonts, Garfield entertains with amazing stories – who knew that Eric Sans (of the modest and elegant Gill Sans) was a sexual deviant? And that the revered font, Doves, drowned (quite literally – the type set was thrown into the Thames as a result of a business dispute).

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I rarely get to re-read old favourites but I did make time for Gatsby earlier this year. Classic.

7. The Forrests by Emily Perkins – I think Perkins was robbed not being short-listed for this year’s Man Booker prize. Perkins has a distinct style. It’s magical and utterly absorbing. Lose yourself in this wonderful book.

8. The Art of Fielding by Char Harbach – If I recommend this book one more time it’s going to start looking like a sponsored blog… but seriously, read it (liking baseball is not a prerequisite).

9. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail – it’s a love story, it’s a fairytale. It finishes in a way so unexpected, you may just gasp (so don’t read the last page first!).

10. Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klaussman – a sublime summer story.

11 responses

  1. What an interesting list! I haven’t read any of these except The Great Gatsby. (I read that in high school, and I can’t bring myself to read it again, although I know I should.) I’m adding them to my TBR list.
    I’ve heard nothing but good about The Art of Fielding.

  2. Great list! I have Delicacy on my want-to-read pile, I hope to get around to it one of these days (and the French adaptation!).

    I recently re-read The Great Gatsby earlier this year (read it the first time during high school) and I really appreciated it the second time around.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier! =)

  3. Ooh, I’ve seen the font book in bookshops and have been intrigued by it, so I’m glad to see it’s worth a read. I appreciate the YA recommendation too as I don’t read much YA and find the whole genre overwhelming. Of A Boy sounds very good. Great list!

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