Hello readers! Today’s the first time I’ve taken part in the Top Ten Tuesday feature. This meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish and has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018.
Each week, list-loving participants create their top ten on a prearranged topic. To get involved simply click here and visit That Artsy Reader Girl’s website.
This Tuesday’s prompt is backlist books I want to read so I’ve chosen ten titles from my ever-expanding wish list.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman: This film features swashbuckling heroes, satire and (most importantly) Rodents-of-Unusual-Size. It’s based on a novel by William Goldman that I really need to read. Until embarrassingly recently, I believed this was an abridged version of a book by S. Morgenstern. A big thank you to the person who told me Morgenstern’s fictional, created by Goldman to embellish his story. You saved me from an embarrassing moment at the local library…
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Try not to shun me, I’m probably the only book blogger never to have read the March sisters’ adventures. This classic has been on my bucket list for years, I just need to get hold of a copy.
NW by Zadie Smith: NW has been on my TBR list since it came out and I finally manged to scoop up a copy this week. Zadie Smith’s writing is beautiful, experimental and intense. Read my full review by clicking here.
The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize back in 2006, this is the tale of a Scottish Minister who claims to converse with the devil.
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan: I’ve wanted to delve into Esi Edugyan’s novels for some time now and plan to start Half-Blood Blues in the next few days. This will be a treat as I won’t see her most recent title, Washington Black, any time soon; I’m still thirty-ninth on my local library’s waiting list!
Girl Reading by Katie Ward: An intriguing title, beautiful cover and a blurb promising an adventurous dash through history. I’ve wanted to pick up Girl Reading since it was published in 2011.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgahov: So many people have said this is an outstanding, life changing story. I’m sure they’re right and one of these days I’ll read it and find out!
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: My least favourite Austen novel, Mansfield Park, features the unfortunately-named Fanny Price and her awful, plantation-owning uncle and cousins. There’s an interesting story about the origins of the title, so I’m planning to pick it up again and see if I can spot the subtext.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: The author of And The Mountains Echoed and The Kite Runner has also written A Thousand Splendid Suns. I love his other books but, inexplicably, still haven’t read this one.
Regeneration by Pat Barker: I’ve wanted to pick up Regeneration for years and will start it this week to mark the Armistice Day Centenary. Set in 1917, it follows a psychiatrist’s attempts to help shell-shocked veterans of the trenches.
Are any of these books on your to-be-read list? Let me know below!