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.