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Top Ten Books on my TBR List

Today’s topic over at The Broke and the Bookish is an easy one: the top ten books on the TBR (To Be Read) List.

I have more books on the list than I’ll ever read, but here’s ten, in no particular order:

  1. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert — I read about this book on another blog; it’s about Hawaii in the 1890’s.  Since Hawaii is one of my favorite places on earth, and I love a good historical novel, this seems like a good pick.
  2. Room by Emma Donoghue — Everyone’s read this one but me already.  I read the first chapter and it definitely caught my attention.
  3. The Lovers’ Dictionary by David Levithan — This was on Amazon’s “Best Books of 2011 So Far” List.  Cheesy title but very interesting sample chapter.  The book is about a relationship but written in the form of alphabetical dictionary entries.
  4. Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter   This is a fun urban fantasy series, and this book in particular has gotten rave reviews.
  5. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson — This book has been frequently recommended.  It’s a contemporary mystery/thriller/drama about a woman with no short term memory.  She wakes up in a strange place every day.  I think memory issues are fascinating.
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card — I discovered, much to my chagrin, that I haven’t actually read this favorite of science fiction readers.  I thought I had.  So now it’s coming with me to Eastern Europe.
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — This is one of those books everyone loves.  I hope it won’t be disappointing after I’ve put it off so long.
  8. Goliath by Scott Westerfeld — The third in his Leviathan series, coming out in late September.  I love everything Westerfeld writes.
  9. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie — Highly recommended by bloggers and my Dad.  What more can I say? I love a good Agatha Christie.
  10. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson.  This is the latest in Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series.  These are mysteries but very character-driven, and Atkinson’s writing really rises above the usual. I recommend Behind the Scenes at the Museum if you haven’t read anything by her.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Books on my TBR List

  1. It’s been a long time since I read Moloka’i (I was in fifth grade), but I remember it as one of my favorite historical novels, well-written and with a fascinating plot.

  2. I’ve read & loved The Book Thief (did come across a bad review of it this week lol) and Room. Roger Ackroyd is rated one of the very best of Christie’s work – which makes it spectacular.
    I haven’t read any Kate Atkinson but will definitely put that on my TBR list.

  3. I’ve been thinking about Moloka’i recently as I’ve dug at a leper hospital archaeological site, and the ongoing joke is that the next one will have to be Moloka’i. I didn’t know there was a book but I’d love to read it.

    Happy reading (and travelling!)

  4. Ender’s Game is quality science-fiction although my love for the series mostly stems from childhood nostalgia. I’m not so sure these books would hold up so well if I decided to dust them off the shelf and read them again.

    I took a detective fiction class years ago and we had to read “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” (which also happened to be my first exposure to Agatha Christie) and it was fantastic! I’d be interested on your thoughts concerning this novel for sure.

    You’ve got a real cool blog here and I’ll be sure to stop by more often. 🙂

  5. Room, Ender’s Game and The Book Thief must be read – I loved them all, almost equally. Room was one of the most gripping books I read last year, Ender’s Game is a sci-fi classic, and Book Thief is – wow!

    I probably should do this at some point, but my top ten keeps changing?!

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