March 22, 2016

Books I Haven't Mentioned Recently

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books I Love But Haven't Talked About For Awhile. I will be mining the depths of my Goodreads account to find books to tell you about.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - This is the first book in a series. I've read about half of the published books in the series. I really like them, but they come out faster than I can read them. Odd is a young guy with a strange ability. He sees dead people. He can't talk to them, because they don't talk. But they do try to communicate with him about the circumstances of their deaths.

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding - This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice told through Bridget's diary. It's so great, and Bridget is such an everywoman.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls - This is a memoir of the author's horrific childhood. Her parents were categorically unqualified to raise children. Her father was an alcoholic and a narcissist and maybe a sociopath. Her mother was depressed and codependent and a little psychotic.

Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago - I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was darkly comedic. Death in this small country is a woman. And she falls in love. She moons over this man and forgets to do her job. Nobody dies. For months. This is a problem.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King - I no longer have any desire to write a book. So all the tips King shares about his writing as a craft is merely entertainment for me, but no less fascinating than the rest of this memoir of his writing life.

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan - This is just a slice of life novel about a Red Lobster restaurant on its last night of business. There is a lot of behind the scenes drama in this seemingly quiet story.

Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking it In Hair Metal L.A. by Anne Thomas Soffee - I reread this book every so often. The author is just a few years older than me and shared my dream of making it in L.A. when hair metal was king. She actually got to L.A. right when the music scene was relocating to Seattle. I never got there.

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson - I might be the only person in the world that feels about this book the way I do. I love it. I reread it every other year or so. I've had it for almost 10 years. It's terribly out dated, now, but it was never really about the books for me. It was a look into the life of another reader. Gold!

Why We Read What We Read by Lisa Adams - This is so great for a statistics nerd like me. Basically they gave a ton of people questionnaires and interviews about reading. Each chapter is a break down of different findings. So exciting!

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett - This slim little book is so enchanting! It's a fictional account of what happens when the queen of England gets hooked on reading. I love it!

So that's ten books I don't think I've talked about recently. Tell me some books you think need more love.