January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Here is something fun. The Broke and the Bookish have a weekly book meme called Top Ten Tuesday. This week's is supposed to be a freebie, but since it's my first one, I'll just do the one from last week.

So here is my list of Top Ten 2014 Books I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (in no particular order):

Hollow City

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs - This is the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The author and his friends scoured estate sales and yard sales and antique shops for bizarre black and white photos which he then incorporated into this great story about a boy who is looking into his grandfather's childhood with the peculiar children.

Boy Snow Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - This is a retelling of the Snow White fable. Plus, it's got a beautiful cover.

As You Wish

As You Wish by Cary Elwes - This is a memoir of the filming of The Princess Bride. I got this for my birthday and I need to read it soon. It looks like so much fun!

All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - A blind girl in Paris during World War II meets a boy who is forced to be a Hitler Youth. Bonus: another beautiful cover.

My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff - This is a memoir about a young woman's first year in the publishing industry. She just happens to work for J.D. Salinger's agent and begins some correspondence with him.

The Year of Reading Dangerously

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller - Oops! Another memoir. This one is about a man who finds his life is missing something. Books! He finds himself through reading the classics. I'm a sucker for books about books.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami - I like Murakami's work and this one is decidedly shorter than the last one I read.

The Stories Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - I've heard this novel is a love letter to book lovers. A.J. Fikry is a bookstore owner on an isolated island in Britain who is struggling with the death of his wife and the possible death of his bookstore. Until he receives a package that changes everything.

Jane Austen Cover to Cover

Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan - You've seen this one in my last post. This is a history of all the covers on Jane Austen's books over the centuries.

Kitty Genovese: the murder, the bystanders, and the crime that changed America

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, and the Crime That Changed America by Kevin Cook - I learned about the Kitty Genovese murder in college and was both horrified and fascinated by it. Kitty was murdered in a highly populated area where dozens of people heard her screams and none of them tried to help or even dialed 911. Their resons were myriad, and signalled a change in American society.

So those are the books that came out last year that are on my radar.