Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of a particular fondness towards lists. Each week, a new top ten question will be posted on the hosting blog for other blogs to join in with on their own blogs. All you need to do to join in is link back to the host somewhere on your post, and add your link to the linky list via the host.

This week's post is a freebie, so I've decided to post:

Top Ten Books I pleasantly surprised by

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: This was one that I read back in 2009 when I joined a book club, during my gap year between school and University. When it was pulled out as the next month's book, I was disappointed, but the point of going to the book club was to read books I wouldn't otherwise have read; to try new things. I'm glad I read this now - it's one of my all-time favourites!

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney: Another book club book that I was dreading reading, but ended up quite liking. I would say it's a four star read for me.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: I really don't like zombies, but when my good friend, Jenny (from Chocolate Chunky Munkie) read and loved it, she continually bugged me tried to persuade me to read it. I am glad that I read it and will be reading the others in the series. Probably another four star one for me.

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann: This was one that was sent around a book circle last year (if you're interested in finding out what the book circle is, feel free to email me and ask :P). It's classed as Christian fiction, so as an Atheist, I was a little wary. I did really enjoy it though. I didn't think the religious messages in it were too prominent and the plot and characters were so well-developed that it was a really exciting read! Another four star one!

Atonement by Ian McEwan: I spent years avoiding this novel (and all other books by the author), but I can't really explain why. I suppose they just didn't look like my kind of thing. I had to read this as an introductory novel when I started University though, and I quite enjoyed it. And this one is definitely better than the film!

Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton: Crime is not a genre I usually go for, let alone 'Cosy Crime' like ms. Beaton, but I actually really enjoyed this. It was light-hearted and fun. I'll definitely be reading more of hers in the future. This was also the first eBook I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart ;P

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: When I saw this one for the first time, I thought "a novel about the circus? How can that be entertaining?" Genuinely, that was what I thought. But I'd been given a copy, so I thought I'd give it a go, and I loved it! You may have noticed that it was in my top ten reads for 2011!

Life & Laughing by Michael McIntyre: It's not that I don't love Micheal, because I really do - he's my favourite comedian - I just don't usually get along with non-fiction of any kind. His autobiography was recommended to me by a close friend though, so trusting her opinions, I tried it out, and I adored it. He's had such an interesting and showbiz life! Definitely worth a read - whether you've heard of him or not!

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan: This is one I reviewed for Bloomsbury last week. When I saw that the press release information said that it was the link between poetry and fiction, I was a little dubious, but I always say I will give anything a go once, so I tried it, and I loved it, reading it in just two sittings! I really recommend getting hold of a copy of this. You can read my review HERE.

Fatherland by Robert Harris: I keep returning to these book club reads - this is another one! I thought it would be a really difficult, uninteresting and rather depressing read - what if Hitler had won? "What a depressing topic", I thought. This was anything but uninteresting, though! Another four star one for me. Give it a go!


Birgit said...

Ohhhh I love "The Forrest of Hands and Teeth" - I'm fairly knew to zombies myself, but this book convinced me to read more!!
And this is the second time someone piqued my curiosity with "Death of a Gossip" - seeing how much I love cozy mysteries I guess I'll have to get that one eventually!

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