20 August 2012

Another Top Ten Tuesday feat. My Favs

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by 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? 

11 comments:

  1. I've only been blogging for a couple of months, so I had to change my list for this week, but my fave book I've read during that time was definitely The Poisonwood Bible. What a gem that was, so rich in prose! I love the eclectic mix on your list, great choices!

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  2. I've been book blogging for about 3.5 years. My favorite book of all time also happens to be one I've read in the last 3 yrs. These is My Words by Nancy Turner. I wasn't reading a lot of adult fiction at the time but when this one came along I was just floored. I've never cried so much at the end of a book. I felt like part of the story. Best. Book. Ever.

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  3. interesting list and I haven't read any of those books. I'll check them out. I'm blogging since February this year so I haven't posted a lot of reviews.
    I like your mix anyway! :)

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

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  4. I LOVED 'Extremely Loud...' so much- it was number 1 on my list! I really want to read 'The Marriage Plot'- I have it on my bookshelf but haven't got round to it yet. I love the sound of the plot and the cover. Glad you liked it too!

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  5. I recently watched the movie Into the Wild and Yes, I cried. So sad. I really thought it would end differently and I had no idea (untill the end) that it really happened. Such a shock! Very sad. I watched Extremly Loud..in the theatre and wow, that movie was really good. As you can tell, I haven't read those books (Into the Wild and Extremly Close..), but maybe I should. Read out of my comfort zone a bit. ;) Great list.

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  6. Interesting to see Marriage Plot on your list as I've seen mixed reviews for it. I love Virgin Suicides & Middlesex but haven't had a chance to get to Marriage Plot yet, despite having a copy. Love Joyce Carol Oates too.

    My Top Ten

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  7. I need to read Will Grayson Will Grayson. And I haven't read Into the Wild, but I read Into Thin Air and really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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  8. Great list! I read Foer's other book, Everything is Illuminated, but I never wrote a review for it and it slipped my mind when I was putting my list together xD

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT =)

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  9. The film (from the trailer, anyway) for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is nothing like I imagined it at ALL. I've seen Jonathan Tropper's book around a lot and always thought about picking it up. I really like your list, lots of books to check out. :)

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  10. I've been blogging for a smidge over a year. I adore The Help.

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  11. This is a very original list. I've read Will Grayson WIll Grayson and loved it as well! I'll have to look into the rest of these more.

    Here's Mine

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