Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, hosted by The Broke and Bookish, is “Top Ten Books We Love But Don’t Feel Like We Talk About Enough.” We all have those books that are four or five-star reads that we read 15 or 20 years ago and you kind of forget about them. Or maybe you don’t talk about some of your favorite books because you love them so much that you just can’t bear to subject them to anyone else’s opinion. In any case, there are hidden gems in everyone’s bookcase or Goodreads shelves. Let’s see what we can dig up, shall we?
- The novels of Elinor Lipman. Of the eight novels of hers that I’ve read, I’ve given seven of them four stars. She writes charming, funny comedies of manners, light reading without being cloying or stupid. That’s so hard to do! If you’ve never read her before, I’d try The Inn at Lake Divine, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, or Isabel’s Bed a try.
- Morningside Heights by Cheryl Mendelson. Brainy, neurotic New Yorkers. Family saga. Loved it.
- The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. SO MANY PEOPLE HATE THIS BOOK, at least if you read the Goodreads reviews. But I love it. Another NYC family saga.
- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. This book has its funny moments, but it’s also very sad and weightier than it seems at first.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston. Breathtaking writing, full of life in all it’s sadness and joy and love and vibrancy. Just floored me.
- An American Childhood by Annie Dillard. A FANTASTIC memoir. It was so much better than I’d anticipated.
- Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. Another better-than-expected memoir. What a fascinating look at what it takes to become a high-powered chef, plus his unique childhood and cultural heritage, being Ethiopian by birth and being raised in Sweden. Incredibly well-written.
- Incidents in the Rue Laugier by Anita Brookner. I don’t talk about Anita Brookner enough. She’s just brilliant. Her books are so exquisite. Lots of interior “action” – characters’ thoughts, desires, motivations. And the novels are usually slim too. Sadly, she just passed away recently.But I still have quite a few of her novels to read. She’s written so many!
- Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene. Very odd, and very British. I really liked it.
- Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. Well-written, insightful, enjoyable, and page-turning. Yet another damn thing President Obama doesn’t get enough credit for.
So what have you read that you don’t talk about enough? I’d love to read about the hidden gems on your shelves!