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 a “free week” over at Top Ten Tuesday—each participant can choose ANY PROMPT to complete their entry! I decided to list ten random books from my TBR list. I selected these titles by looking at my “TBR” shelf in my Goodreads account–which currently contains about 200 titles–and choosing the first book from the first ten rows on this list. No cheating, I promise! The result is a pretty good reflection of my varied reading tastes—although I ‘m surprised that there are only two nonfiction titles on the list. Ready? Here we go!
JFK Jr., George & Me: A Memoir by Matt Berman I’ve always been fascinated by the Kennedys —in fact, I have an entire shelf of books devoted to members of this political family. This new book is a memoir written by the creative director who worked for JFK Jr at George magazine. I recently read an excerpt in Vanity Fair magazine and was hooked.
Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss I don’t know why I’ve never read this piece of historical fiction before—it came out in 2001. It’s based on the lives of two conjoined twins born in Taiwan in 1811, who eventually came to the US, married two sisters, and fathered a total of 21 children. I recently found a great used copy of this book and snapped it up. I enjoy historical fiction and I’m eager to start this book.
The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy I just finished Chestnut Street, the late Maeve Binchy’s last (and probably final) book. It made me remember how much I enjoy her work, and that since she was so prolific, there are so many of her novels that I’ve never read. I’m going to begin with this one.
What We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison I love reading about food and cooking—I think that our behavior and feelings towards food say a lot about our culture. This book looks at what people eat when no one else is present and how they feel about it. I think this will be a great addition to my collection of culinary memoirs and essays.
Lesson Plans by Suzanne Greenberg I always enjoy reading fiction set in schools—once a teacher, always a teacher! This novel is about homeschooling and the choices that parents make on behalf of their kids. I’m very intrigued by parents who choose to homeschool their children, and I’m looking forward to this debut novel.
Painted Cities by Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewskis I heard a radio interview with this local Chicago author a few weeks ago and immediately requested that my local library order this book of short stories—all of which take place in a particular neighborhood in Chicago.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman I’ve never read anything by Gaiman, but I keep reading quotes from him about literacy, libraries, and reading that seem to speak directly to me. I rarely read anything in the fantasy genre, but I’m going to try to branch out a bit with this book. (I also have The Ocean At The End Of The Lane on my TBR list)
The Arsonist by Sue Miller I haven’t read anything by Sue Miller in ages but I usually like her work. Her latest novel is due to be published in late June, and it’s the story of an arsonist who begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town.
Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman This novel is narrated through the fictional first-person voice of Mary Todd Lincoln. I’ve read a fair amount of nonfiction about Abraham Lincoln—particularly about his assassination—but I don’t know much about his wife other than that she was a rather eccentric First Lady who was committed to an asylum by her oldest son after she left the White House. This is a 600+ page novel and I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in life during the 1800s!
The Broken by Tamar Cohen I discovered this book from reading a review by Cleopatra Loves Books, one of my blogging buddies. She’s my source for recommendations for psychological suspense, and this sounds like a great one. It’s about two couples who are the best of friends—until one of the marriages ends. I’m not sure when this book is going to be released in the US, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy as soon as it’s available!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What’s on your TBR list these days? Please share!