Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, brought to you by The Broke and Bookish, is “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.” Well, I think we can all agree that this one can practically write itself. But I bet it will be fun to see everyone’s picks. Here are ten I’d put in my cart with no hesitation.
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. I adored Brown Girl Dreaming. Must read this one.
- Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. I read his Angle of Repose years ago and loved it. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a long long time. Two bloggers I follow have written about it and rated it lately, and this put it back on my radar. Plus, Anne Bogel of the What Should I Read Next? podcast loves it too.
- The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward. I have a feeling that this book of essays on race will be one everyone should read.
- Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen. These are the only Austen works I’ve not read and I just need to do it already.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have NO IDEA why I haven’t read this yet. Ugh. There is no excuse.
- Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson. After reading a few of Jackson’s deliciously creepy novels, I really want to read her memoir of family life, which is supposed to be funny and charming.
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Trying to rectify the fact that I’ve never read any of the brilliant Baldwin’s novels.
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This doesn’t come out till September but I WANT it.
- Jazz by Toni Morrison. Working my way through Morrison is a life goal. This is next.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I will be buying this when it comes out in September. I love Whitehead’s range as a writer.
Well, that was fun – only now I want to get online and spend some money. Have you read any of these titles? What’s a book you’d buy immediately if you were given a bookstore gift card?