Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new question or theme is presented. This is “Rewind Week” over at Top Ten Tuesday—you can go back and answer any previous question!
I decided to list ten random books from my actual TBR pile—not just books on my ever-growing TBR list, but books that I’ve actually purchased (some new, most used) but haven’t yet read. A couple of them have been sitting here for a year or longer and a few were just bought last week. They’re a mix of fiction and nonfiction and a variety of genres within those two categories.
Ready? Here they are—in no particular order:
1. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill
I loved the Little House books when I was a kid and read them over and over again. I’ve recently learned a little bit about the actual life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose—and I want to know more!
2. The Amateurs by David Halberstam
I recently read—and loved!—the book The Boys In The Boat, which was about the American rowing team that went to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. I knew absolutely nothing about rowing—or, as it’s more properly called, “crew”—before I read that book, but now I’m hooked. This nonfiction book tells the story of the rowing trials at Princeton in 1984—the winner goes on to represent the US in the 1984 Olympics. I’m really looking forward to comparing and contrasting this book with The Boys In The Boat.
3. Eating My Words: An Appetite For Life by Mimi Sheraton
I really enjoy reading about food and cooking. This memoir is written by a renowned restaurant reviewer for the New York Times, Food & Wine, and many other publications, and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in her world for awhile.
4. He’s Gone by Deb Caletti
This is a thriller about a woman who wakes up one Sunday to find that her husband is missing. As the police work to discover his whereabouts, she makes a series of discoveries about their relationship. I’ve never read anything by this author before–I saw this on display at a bookstore and thought it looked intriguing.
5. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
I feel like I’m one of the few people around who has never read this book. My mom read it long ago and absolutely loved it. I need to find the time to give it a try soon.
6. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
I’ve never read anything by Flannery O’Connor, one of the masters of the Southern short story, and I decided that I needed to do something about that.
7. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
I love reading books about books! In this short volume—less than 150 pages–Nick Hornby (author of About A Boy-a great, rather off-beat novel!) writes monthly essays about the books he buys and the books he reads. This quote from the book made me purchase it: “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.” I ask you–How can you not love that?
8. The Child That Books Built: A Life In Reading by Francis Spufford
This book is described as an extended love letter to children’s books. The author goes back to his first experiences with books such as Little House on the Prairie, The Wind in the Willows, and the Narnia Chronicles and describes how they helped to shape him into the man he is today.
9. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap
As I wrote above, I recently read The Boys In The Boat about the US rowing team that won the Gold Medal at the 1936 Olympics. That book made me very curious about those particular Olympic Games—and I’m hoping that this book will answer some of my questions.
10. This One Is Mine by Maria Semple
This was the first novel written by the author of Where’d You Go Bernadette, which was one of the best books I read last year. I’m not sure that anything is going to top Bernadette in my mind, but I’m willing to give this one a try!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What’s in your TBR pile right now? Please share!