Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Talked about Lately

 

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This week’s theme? Books I love but haven’t talked about in a while. Without further ado, a blast from my reading past…

10. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Because the heroine is a food writer whose pen name is Cranky Agnes. It’s wacky and slapstick and a whole lot of fun.

9. World War Z by Max Brooks. Because zombies might not be my thing, but speculative fiction about how the world would react to an apocalyptic event that is sharply insightful about our world and plays around with form IS. Side note: why didn’t they make the movie into an awesome found footage/faux-documentary?!

8. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Because Dracula is alive and well, and the only way to find him is to do historical research. Obviously.

7. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Because it’s smart and funny and amazingly observant. This is everything that I want YA and chick lit to be (but so rarely seem to find).

6. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. Because, let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for a good gimmick, and using the first person plural to tell the story of an imploding advertising agency is a fun gimmick! It also helps that I was the employee of a slowly but spectacularly imploding company when I read this.

5. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. Because you had no idea how much drama surrounds the history of tulips. And, it has provided me with countless obnoxious “Hey, did you know…” anecdotes to bug my family and friends with.

4. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. Because it’s one of the best steampunk romances I’ve ever read. Also, an awesome lady Detective Inspector!

3. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Because I don’t know of any other books that treat a difficult, prickly, middle-aged (and older) female protagonist with such respect and compassion. Check out the HBO miniseries too.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Because dangerous angels and friendly, gentle monsters. Plus it turned me into a flaily-handed squealing ball of goo.

1. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon. Because it captures the thrill and and confusion and excitement and fear of post-college life so damned well. Also, it really made me want to go to Pittsburgh.

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