You would think, since I am a librarian, that I read a lot. And these days you would be right – I’ve been reading up a storm. Or, at least, a storm for me. I think it’s partially because I love the Kindle app on my iPad but I think it’s mostly because of GoodReads. I get a daily email telling me what my friends are reading as well as their recommendations and reviews and this has really made a big difference in getting me excited about reading again. And so, today’s Ten On Tuesday topic is a list of the Last 10 Books I Have Read.
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This is really a short story but boy does it make an impression.
- Frances & Bernard by Carlene Bauer. It’s been a long time since I have read an epistolary novel and I must say I truly enjoyed this one.
- The Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. The Hannah Swenson mystery series are a guilty pleasure for me. Very simple but pretty entertaining and with recipes, too.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I enjoyed this very much. It’s long but the characters are like real people and the story is good. Not as good as The Little Friend . . . but worth reading.
- Wonder by R.J. Pallacio. This is a juvenile fiction title that, in the words of my friend and colleague, everyone should read. Everyone. It won’t take much time, I read it in a day, but it will change the way you look at the world.
- Visitation Street by Ivy Pochada. It took me a while to get into the story but once I did I was hooked and I couldn’t wait to find out what.really.happened.
- The Law of Similars by Chris Bohjalian. I am a huge fan of Bohjalian’s and somehow I missed this title when it first came out. It’s fairly similar to Midwives but that’s not a bad thing at all.
- The Man in the Window by Jon Cohen. This is a Nancy Pearl recommendation and I loved it. It actually prompted me to start a very small book club with a few close friends and I’m grateful for that.
- W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. Can you believe the alphabet mysteries aren’t done yet? I feel like I’ve been reading Kinsey Millhone stories my whole life. I’ll be said when she finally reaches Z.
- Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb. I got this free on Amazon and it was a good holiday story but nothing great. Certainly nothing like She’s Come Undone or I Know This Much is True.
Turns out, those are all the books I have read so far this year. I have to admit that I liked the way that worked out. If you wrote a post today then please add your link below and if you want to receive an email with the Ten On Tuesday topic every Monday, click here to sign up.
And my list grows ever longer …
Today’s topic will surely make my TBR list grow! Books are the best escape!
Reading is my favorite pastime! (Always has been; always will be.)
I love your book cart photo and your varied list. I really enjoyed The Goldfinch and The Secret History; now The Little Friend is on my list. Thanks!
Great topic that I can’t participate in BUT can add to my TBR list that some day I will get to!
Oh goodie! I need some new reading ideas. Can’t wait to peruse the thoughts of folks here. I was a little reading nerd from the time I learned how to read.
Thank you for the suggestions. I am a poor reader in my old age (which is why I didn’t participate this week). Considering my favorite place to visit (besides a yarn shop) is a bookstore, you would think I would have more books on my list! Wonder sounds like a must read for me, especially since it’s a quick one.
I LOVE this topic! I read all the time & it seems weird when I meet people who don’t read. I just can’t imagine what they do with their time.
I recently did an assessment, which tells you what your ideal career(s) would be. Librarian was one of mine. I’m still considering it…
I love Wally Lamb and Chris Bohjalian! So, I will have to put some of these books on my TBR list. Thanks, Carole.
oh my… my audiblewishlist is going to explode! think i might have to move into platinum membership 😉
thanks for great topic!
A crochet student just recommended The Goldfinch, too. My list is growing!
a few of those are on my to-read list (The Goldfinch and Frances and Bernard) and I’m going to add a few more. Great topic – thanks!
kathy b says
Last book: Dad is Fat. Hysterically funny.
Sent you list to my daughter..the book addict
kathy b says
I also admit to reading Janet ivonavich’s MANHUNT. Silly, bordering on stupid and yet I had to make myself finish it. It was sent to me in a swap
Here’s my list: http://knitfitter.blogspot.com/2014/03/ten-on-tuesday-books.html. Am I finally back to Ten on Tuesday? This was just the topic to draw me back in! I have to say, I’m a bit jealous of your job. Librarian was always my secret dream job because I feel so at home among books and at libraries and I love the order of it all (a peaceful refuge for a nerdy kid). Wish I had pursued it. I’d love to read more about what you do, and I always like when you make book suggestions. Thank you!
Great list! I’ve been doing a lot of book reviews this year (I always do a lot of reading) so this one was an easy yet fun prompt for me.
Of course, a “10 books on your TBR pile” prompt would also be easy, though limiting it to 10 would be quite hard! 🙂
I generally like Chris Bohjalian too and was not familiar with The Law of Similars. I’ve added it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 The Goldfinch is my Book Club’s selection for next month and I’m looking forward to that too.
I haven’t read The Yellow Wallpaper, but I did read this: http://the-toast.net/2013/08/07/texts-from-the-yellow-wallpaper/ and have wanted to read it ever since.
I’m about to read S is for Silence. I’m intentionally going slowly because I just don’t want the series to end. I’ll have to look at some of the others on your list and probably add a few to my TBR list.
Thank you for this topic. It is my favorite! I keep a written journal and a goodreads page is books I wish to read. There’s just SO MANY!!
Do you really like the blackberry murder book ? The reviews I have read aren’t that good. But I have though about getting it.
I’m always looking for book recommendations. I was so disappointed in Wishin’ and Hopin’ and I loved She’s Come Undone. As a mental health professional it was so accurate and he wrote convincingly from a woman’s point of view. At least you got yours for free?! I paid for it. Double disappointment.
I’ve been a bit of a slacker reading lately, but Wonder was AMAZING! Also of the same genre..Out Of My Mind.