A Tuesday Top Ten meme from The Broke and The Bookish
This one's easy considering most of my book choices for the last couple of years have been on recommendations from other bloggers. Heh, I love this forum.
Okay, so here goes . . .
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Oh man. This book touched me in a way no other book has (except maybe To Kill a Mockingbird) I kept thinking, as I got further and further into the story, that this author *gets it*. He understands compassion and selfless action and lays it out in a story that had me in tears by the end. I probably would never have picked it up (I don't DO sad books, people!) but how could I resist after all the positive posts I read about this story.
2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - I thoroughly enjoyed this during last year's group read. I might have stumbled on this book on my own, but really, it was all those Gotta Read recommendations that put a copy in my hand.
3. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - I passed over this book my entire life because I thought it was a romance. Huh. You guys set me straight on that one. It is a fantastic, atmospheric, gothic, totally absorbing psychological thriller. Loved it!
4. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - This book always struck me as WAY too historical for my liking, almost textbook like. But, wow, on fellow blogger recommendations, it was such a cool read! It opened up the possibility of reading more of these ancient historical stories.
5. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho - I loved this but I probably wouldn't have found it at all had I not seen so many rave reviews.
6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I'm not much one for dystopian so I know I would have passed over this. The reviews, though, were all, There Is a Larger Message Here. There was, and I loved it.
7. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - I wasn't crazy about this one, but I was looking for something mysterious for the Victorian Challenge, so I went and shopped around in all the bookish blog places. I liked it enough to seek out more Collins.
8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - This one is in the same boat as Rebecca. I passed it up as too chick-lit. But! With such a presence on the book blog scene, I could hardly ignore it any longer. Fantastic read.
Previous Top Tens:
~Authors I'd Love to Meet
~Books I'm Glad Were Recommended to Me
~Favorite Places To Read
~Books That Should Be Made Into Movies
~Bookish Pet Peeves