Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one (or more) of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. All of us readers have those books that really started us on our way to becoming book lovers. It could be something we read as young children, or it could be a book we picked up in adulthood after years of a reading drought. Or, it could be an author or book that introduced us to a new favorite genre. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday puts a spotlight on those books and authors that we credit with our bookishness.
10 Best Books of the Year (So Far…)
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – definitely my favorite of the year! I have always been drawn to WWII, and specifically Holocaust, literature. There is something sadly riveting about it, and I am always struck, even with novels, by the lengths of depravity that human beings are capable of reaching. Zusak has written a book that will, in my opinion, be a staple in the literary canon, as it is certainly a worthy representative of quality literature in general, and of 20th century fiction in particular.
2. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – I am amazed at the fact that McCullers produced this when she was only 23 years old. She clearly had wisdom beyond her years, and deeply understood the nature of loneliness. This is an excellent book…dark and sad certainly, and McCullers has the ability to draw you in and make you feel like more than just an observer.
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell – A brilliantly written allegory that is a total and utter indictment of communism. Everyone should read it. EVERYONE! I’m sort of aghast at myself for not having read it until now, and I am m-a-n-y years removed from school.
4. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – I thoroughly enjoyed this book…much more, in fact, than I thought I would. Interestingly, in all my years of reading and through both B.A. and M.A. in English, I never heard the term “marriage plot.” I read a number of the novels referenced by this book, but I do not recall ever discussing the marriage plot, and how it is a prevalent literary convention in Victorian literature. Either I completely skirted any class that would have addressed it, or it wasn’t covered. I’m leaning toward the latter. At any rate, this is a worthy book, and while it is enjoyable on its own, it is better if you’ve read some Victorian lit.
5. Philippians – easily one of my favorite books of the Bible.
I don’t actually think anything else qualifies as the best of the year so far, so five it is.