Top Ten Favorite Books You've Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


This week's Top Ten from The Broke and the Bookish asks for my Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read During the Lifespan of my Blog. I’ve read some wonderful ones over the past 3 years, but here’s a few of my favorites (with links to the original review) not counting re-reads.

1) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

2)  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

3) Maus by Art Spiegelman

4) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

5) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

6) Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction and J.D. Salinger

7) I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

8) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

9) The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

10) A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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15 comments:

Katja Weinert said...

I capture the castle is so good, and I enjoyed the movie too. TFiOS is one I should start reading soon, I just know it'll be as good as everyone says.

Katja @ YA's the Word

Beth D. said...

There are three on your list I keep getting told I would like, and I can't believe I haven't picked up yet!

Beth ^_^
http://sweetbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

Mai Lene said...

I read a some pages in David Coperfield in tenth grade in my English book at school, but I've never read the whole book =)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Katja Weinert - I'm a bit partial to Green's work anyway, but TFiOS is excellent.

Beth - You should check them out!

Mai Lene - It's my favorite Dickens so far!

Nikki Steele said...

Such a great spread of different books! After your post and a commentor's, Capture the Castle seems like one that needs to go on my list. TFiOS is still on hold at the library -- dang it!

Carl V. said...

Those Nick Hornby books about books are wonderful, aren't they?

Just off the cuff I'd say that some of my favorites since I started blogging have been:

1. Time Traveler's Wife ~Audrey Niffenegger

2. The Silmarillion ~Tolkien

3. The Thirteeth Tale ~Diane Setterfield

4. The Way of Kings ~Brandon Sanderson

5. Old Man's War ~John Scalzi

6. Among Others ~Jo Walton

7. Dandelion Wine ~Ray Bradbury

8. The Graveyard Book ~Neil Gaiman

9. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian ~Robert E. Howard

10. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie ~Alan Bradley.

Dale said...

You have a great list! "David Copperfield" is one of my favorites (I'm reading "Hard Times" right now and liking it, not as much as DC, but liking it). I think "Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby is one of the funniest books I've read, but I haven't read "The Polysyllabic Spree". It's now on my list! I also have not read "The Sparrow" but I've read "Thread of Grace" by Russell and thought it was very good. I'm looking forward to reading "The Fault In Our Stars" soon.

Jeanne said...

So...I might have to give Hornby another try!

Care said...

What an interesting mix! I really want to read The Sparrow...

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Nikki - Capture the Castle is just lovely!

Carl - Wonderful list! I've read five of the books on it and I loved all of them!

Dale - I loved Juliet, Naked! I haven't read anything else by Russell yet, but I plan to.

Jeanne - I don't know what you've already read of his, but I would recommend this one and High Fidelity.

Care - It's a tiny bit like Cloud Atlas, but much more readable.

Carl V. said...

I've sadly only read one on your list.

Jenners said...

At least this is a question that is somewhat reasonable. I think it would be hard to pick it for all time.

Jenners said...

Oh … and I must read that Hornby book. I remember putting it on the list to read at some point but it feel off my radar for some reason.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Carl - I don't know which book you've already read, but I think you would like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Sparrow.

Jenners - The Hornby book is a fun one for book lovers!

Carl V. said...

Oops, guess I could have said. It was The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. Excellent book.