Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Top Ten Books I'm Dying to Read

Hello all, I'm back in the Top Ten Tuesday business after a week or two of going on hiatus. (For those of you who don't know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish—don't forget to put your own Top Ten Tuesday link over there!)

This week's Top Ten list: Book's I'm Dying to Read!

1. Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins: I have been wanting to read this since before it came out—I even had an ARC in my hands! I've heard such wonderful things about this and have been fortunate enough to talk with Perkins/listen to her at a reading. The problem was, and still is, finding the time now that school has started again. Perhaps I will be able to figure this out and use it for class!

2. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff: Another ARC I have that I haven't been able to find the time to pick up. This one sounds really awesome too—not too many books out there on changelings! The only other one I can think of is The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw, and this one sounds way creepier.

3. Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes: This came recommended to me, and it sounds like something I'd really enjoy, what with the Southwest setting and cultural aspects of the book. I have it out of the library right now, hope I can read it before it's due!

4. Little Bee by Chris Cleave: I feel like everyone is talking about this book. I've heard it's something I would love, and I see it everywhere. It sat on my nightstand for two weeks while I took it out of the library; unfortunately I had to return it before I could even crack it open.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen: This is the only Austen novel I have not read in its entirety, with the exception of Mansfield Park, something I got bored with halfway through and never picked up again. This is short and is purportedly one of her masterpieces.

6. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie: I read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and absolutely loved it, thus making me want to read more of Alexie's work. And why not go to his best-known book? I've had it sitting on my bookshelf since I got it for this past Christmas. I would really love to read this soon—maybe during Christmas break?

7. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: Gotta love me some dystopian lit. Especially one that enters the pro-life/pro-choice debate. I'm really interested to see how this one plays out.

8. Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli: My boyfriend let me borrow this about 2 months ago and I still haven't picked it up. I really want to! Just no time. As usual. But I think it would really help me sort some things out, or at least inspire me.

9. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley: This is a book that is currently 5 days overdue at the library, and another one I have yet to crack open. If only I didn't have to sleep.

10. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Who hasn't heard how amazing this book is? I feel like a sham for not having read it. It's another library book sitting on my floor. Oh goodness.

That's it! Those are the top 10 books I most want to read. If only I didn't have to go to school or work. Then everything would be perfect!


  1. The Book Thief is good, but I don't think it merits all the hype it got. It is however a book you will not forget and Leisel is one of my favorite characters. Hope you have a great day and here is my top ten!: http://everylastpage.blogspot.com/2010/09/top-ten-books-i-am-dying-to-read.html

  2. Tahleen, I think you would really enjoy the Alan Bradley and Marcus Zusak books! But DEFINITELY read The Book Thief. It's incredible!

  3. Unwind is the only one of those that I have read and really enjoyed it from what I remember.

    Great list though, have a bunch of those on my mental one!

  4. Nice list! I really feel like I need to read Sherman Alexie.

  5. I love, love, love Persuasion--more introspective, perhaps, than her other books.

  6. Oooh I cannot WAIT to read The Replacement. I am so jealous of your ARC that I may actually twitch or something. The rest of the list is nice, too, there's several on there I wouldn't mind reading. :)

    My list is here.

  7. I've read 3 of these - The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven, Bamboo People, and The Book Thief.

    They all merit reading and deserve every ounce of praise they get. You def need to get to those books!


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