The Broke and the Bookish, there is yet another great Top Ten this Tuesday. The topic this week is: Top Ten Books That Came Recommended
10. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: The blogosphere recommended this to me. I was just getting back into reading some YA, and I really loved this book. I picked it up because of all the comparisons being made to Battle Royale, which is my favorite Japanese horror movie.
9. T. R. Reid, The Healing of America: I have been interested in health care for a while, and my husband heard about this book on Book TV. I found it very informative and really enjoyed reading it.
8. Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter: I wouldn't have known about this fabulous collection of short stories if it hadn't been on the New York Times, ten best list. I get a lot of recommendations from the Book Review.
7. Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You: I got this recommendation from another bookish young lady that works at the coffee shop I always go to. It was a great recommendation and I definitely enjoyed it.
6. Zadie Smith, White Teeth: This was a recommendation from one of my best friends (and former roommate). It's her favorite book and now one of mine as well.
5. Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: This is a book that ended up on my M.A. exam list that probably wouldn't have been there if it weren't for the recommendation of a colleague and also one of my professors. It ended up being one of the things that I remember the most from that list.
4. Don DeLillo, White Noise: I consider this my favorite book. Originally it was a recommendation from my college roommate who was reading it for a class. I read it and then later read it again for the same class, which I took because I loved the book so much.
3. Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger: A professor I had in graduate school recommended that I read this for a paper I was writing on Virginia Woolf. I read it and it really influenced my thinking and I still refer to it all the time...plus, it really helped me write that paper.
2. Frank Norris, McTeague: Some of the best recommendations of my reading career come from syllabi in classes I've taken. This is a book I hadn't even heard of when I read it for class, and I'm glad that I did.
1. Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees: One of my dad's friend's wives bought be this as a gift. I have no recollection of why she was buying me a gift (high school graduation, maybe?). All I know is that I loved the book, and it lead me to an author who I still consider one of my favorites.