Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”
I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well. Things are settling into a strange routine in our home. The kids are adjusting to online school and the husband is getting used to all his classes being online. And I’m just working, lol 😅 But enough about the state of the world! I’m quite excited about this week’s TTT topic because I get to talk about some of my more neglected books. This week’s TTT is all about books you enjoyed, but rarely talk about. Time to bring them into the light!
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: This is probably my favorite classic that I’ve ever read. And yet I never talk about it! There was just something about this dark, strange tale that pulled me in and kept me interested. Unlike another Brontë sister’s book…
- Duma Key by Stephen King: I picked this up on a whim when I was browsing books at the library and ended up loving it. It’s not a Stephen King book you hear much about, but it’s so damn good! And it’s one of the few King books that actually scared me. It’s terrifying at points, but in the best of ways.
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: This is the book that showed me that non-fiction can be engaging and hilarious. It also made me want to go on all the hikes, lol! I love Bill Bryson’s tone and writing. He puts such a human touch to the most random of subjects and I absolutely love it!
- The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist: I rarely ever talk about this series, but I looooooove it. I randomly picked it up at the bookstore years ago and fell hard for it. Which kind of sucked because I could only find book two in store and ended up having to hunt the internet for books three and four. (Four was especially hard to find…) Anyways! It’s steampunky and weird and thrilling and I’m glad I picked it up.
- Artemis by Andy Weir: So most people know Any Weir for The Martian, which was the first book I read by him. I adore The Martian so much, so when I heard he wrote another space-y book, I had to read it. Though I don’t think Artemis holds as special a place in my heart, it was still an incredibly fun ride.
- Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire: I love most of the books in the Wicked series, but this is by far my favorite one. This was such an excellent sequel to Wicked! It’s just such a sad, heart-wrenching tale. Definitely worth the read!
- The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn: This is our second non-fiction on the list! Because I honestly never talk about non-fiction books 😅 This is such a disturbing book to read but it is so. good. I learned a ton about both Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. It’s terrifying how so many people could be brainwashed into worshiping a man like Jim Jones. Such an incredibly interesting, if horrifying, read.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: This was my first experience reading Colson Whitehead and, I have to say, I was bowled over. I really enjoyed the experience of this book, even though it dealt with quite a heavy topic. It was so well-written and thought-provoking. It hurt my heart, but gave me hope, as well. Such a great book!
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: I had no idea what to expect when I went into this book, but I ended up absolutely loving it. It’s a beautiful character study of, well, the “gentleman in Moscow”. You find yourself becoming so connected to the main character and wanting only the best for him. I became so wrapped up in his story and just loved the whole reading experience!
- Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell: I don’t even remember why I read this book but, damn, was it a fun read! An interesting take on The Three Musketeers that had a lot of intrigue. We all know I love some good political intrigue in a book! I really need to continue on with the series.
What are some books that you enjoy, but don’t talk about much? Did you do your own TTT? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!