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Ten On Tuesday

I’ve been reading. A lot. I’ve been reading some really great books, some good books, and 1 not very good book. My guess is that you all are having similar experiences and I really want to know what you’ve been reading because I don’t want to be missing out on reading something great. So, for Ten on Tuesday today, I have asked everyone to create a list of the 10 Last Books You Have Read. Here are mine:


  1. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Love it. It’s not The Red Tent but it’s a good story.
  2. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Best book I’ve read in ages. Seriously. Go read this right now.
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir. I had to skim this one because the science was just too much for me. But I was interested enough to want to know what happened. It would definitely appeal more to science fiction fans.
  4. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. This is like a mash-up of The Help, The Pecan Man and To Kill a Mockingbird. Pretty good and not at all what I expected.
  5. Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston. The things that stand out for me with regards to this book are all the things that are never said. I read it wishing people would speak up, say what they really felt, and then heal from their tragedies. I guess, much like real life, it’s not always linear progress.
  6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Very cute, quite entertaining and I’m starting The Rosie Effect next.
  7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I love it much more than Gone Girl!
  8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. You know, I really liked this one. A little bit gothic and dark but very entertaining and pretty well written.
  9. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. This was too long and I really didn’t care for the main character much. But it’s very well written and captures the feeling of real life, marriage, jobs and day-to-day living very well.
  10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I don’t know why this book is as popular as it is. I liked it well enough, I suppose, but I didn’t really care for any of the characters and I was often frustrated by their behavior.

And there you have it – the 10 books I have most recently finished. How about you? What have you been reading lately? If you wrote a blog post for today’s topic please add your link below. Click here to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email.

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  1. Your review of The Golem and the Jinni convinced me, and I’m glad you did. It’s amazing how this story and these characters have drawn me in. I’m about halfway through and I can tell already I’m going to be very sad for this one to end.

  2. That sound? That was the sound of my nightstand groaning at the thought of how many books will be piled on it after today’s posts. Always love recommended books from here.

  3. This will be another dangerous week, Carole! I can see my reading list growing all day long!!! 🙂

  4. I just put The Golem and the Jinni on reserve; boy do I always need a good book to read!

    My most recently read book: “On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes” by Alexandra Horowitz. She’s a great writer– check her out! My daughter lovers her book “Inside of a Dog”.

  5. I am heading to the library today – looking forward to picking up some new books. Thanks for giving me some ideas.

  6. There are only 2 on your list that I’ve read. The Rosie Project…thought it was really cute. And Gone Girl, which wasn’t really on the list but you mentioned. I really didn’t care for that. Rather dull in the beginning, twisted in the middle and I didn’t like the ending.
    It’s a good thing there are so many kinds of books…then there is something for everyone to like! 🙂

  7. My library has switched to a different network for their ebooks and audiobooks. This new one must save them a ton of money—they never have anything I request. I used to work in my LYS, and several of our customers felt the same way. It’s a poor excuse, but I’m not reading very much since I can’t download library books onto my Kindle. I love the convenience of being able to use the library while sitting on my couch in my jammies at three in the morning.

  8. Thanks for the suggestions. I’m putting them in my Goodreads account. Right now, I am on a Greg Iles kick. His Penn Cage series is good.

  9. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. Carole, I just love these book posts! It is such a great way to get exposed to lots of books that people like or don’t like and why. Thanks for doing this.

  10. I can say I’ve finished : Food , A love story by Jim Gaffigan while on a plane. The turbulence was bad, the book had me laughing anyhow!

    I loved the book: Rosie Project

    I loved: The Beast in the Garden, non fiction.

    I loved: Alex and ME: non fiction about the world’s most educated parrot and linguistics

  11. I’ve got most of your books on my TBR. And I listened to The Martian, and I’m glad I did–having someone else talk through the science and math was helpful.

  12. Great list! I think my book club is reading The Golem and the Jinni next month. I’m glad to see it recommended by a few people!

  13. Thanks for the great book list, Carole – I can never have enough of these and plan to read The Golem and the Jinni ASAP!
    Things have been very unsettled for the past few weeks, but I always read every night before I shut the light off! The last ten books I read are: (1) All the Light We Cannot See; (2) The Boys in the Boat; (3) The Light Between Oceans; (4) The Rosie Project; (5) The Rosie Effect; (6) The Boston Girl; (7) Still Alice; (8) We are Not Ourselves; (9) Lila; (10) The Nightingale. I enjoyed them all with the exception of Lila – I just couldn’t get into it.

  14. Bookriot raved about The Golem and the Ginni and I have it in my audible library…just need to make the time to listen to it. I sense that it’s a bit like Pete Hamill’s Snow in August, which is an all-time favorite of mine. I always get great recommendations from these posts – thank you for hosting it!

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