The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is
Top Ten Favorite Books You've Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog
Since starting my blog in 2008, I have had the opportunity to read a lot of books that I otherwise wouldn't have picked up (necessarily), and been encouraged to read some that had been on my list for quite awhile. Here are ten (links go to my reviews):
10. John Green and David Levithan, Will Grayson Will Grayson
This is one of the books that got me into reading young adult literature, and is still my favorite contemporary YA book.
9. Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
Would I have read this without the blog? Probably. It is one of my favorite reads so far this year, and is just the kind of thing I like in my literary fiction.
8. Joyce Carol Oates, A Widow's Tale: A Memoir
This was the first ebook I ever read. It is also one of the most compelling reads of the last couple of years for me, and the book that got me back into reading memoir, which is a genre that I can get really burnt out on.
7. Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You
This book is laugh out loud funny, and it made my top ten a couple of years ago. I am hoarding Tropper's other books on my shelves for a rainy day.
6. Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
One of my favorites of all time. If you haven't read it...do.
5. Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
I love Krakauer's style, but I think this is my favorite. It is a slight book, with a look of great material (and the movie is good too).
4. Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
This is, again, the type of thing I go for in literary fiction. The movie of this one was okay, but didn't live up to the wonderfulness of the book for me.
3. Benjamin Hale, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
This is not something I would have picked up necessarily if not for the blog. It was a very strange, but happy, surprise.
2. Anne Carson, The Autobiography of Red
Have I convinced you to read this yet? I sure blog about it enough.
1. Maira Kalman, And The Pursuit of Happiness
This book made me so happy, and I don't get to say that very often.
And my winner for best audiobook is....Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
How long have you been blogging? What books have you picked up and loved, which you may have otherwise ignored?