this post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday feature, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
For a while now I’ve been checking out the top then themes to see when I could participate, and this week there was finally a subject I felt comfortable listing! The order is based on… sort of a mix of my enjoyment of the author itself (not necessarily the book I’ve read), and the urgency to read more from them.
Honourable Mention: John Steinbeck. I liked East of Eden, but family dramas are not usually my cup of tea – in fact Steinbeck may be the only author that ever got me to enjoy the genre. So I’m a little scared of his books because they all sound a bit boring!
#10 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, La Sombra Del Viento [ The Shadow of the Wind ]
I’ve read this book so many years ago I can’t even recall what it was about exactly. I know how I was very impressed with Zafón‘s novel at the time and so I’m actually thinking of revisiting the novel before moving on. Next: El Juego del Ángel [ The Angel’s Game ]
Brontë is a very peculiar situation for me. I found Jane Eyre to be a fantastic book, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and adequately obsessed over it for a long period of time; but I can’t find another Brontë novel that I’m dying to read. Next: probably Villette
This is shamefully the only portguese author in here, and it’s shameful because the reason for that is that I haven’t read many portuguese authors. From all that I’ve read only one book from, Espanca is the one that I want to read more from. Interestingly enough, Máscaras is a book of short stories and Espanca is better known for her poetry. I’ve talked on our podcast about one of the short stories, O Sobrenatural, the one that truly got to me. Next: Sonetos
This is just like Brontë, possibly worse. I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being, I honestly don’t know what to read next, but I need to read something. Next: HELP
Okay so technically when I wrote this post I had not yet finished the book, but I knew I needed to read more from Reid; and now that I am done with it, the feeling remains. I’ve just begun reading Friends without Benefits (the second book in the Knitting in the City series), so I don’t know if I’ll like it as much as Neanderthal, but I can tell you that the latter is worth a read.
If you’re looking for a smart and funny (I honestly laughed out loud several times) romance novel that doesn’t go where you’re expecting (at least in the first two-thirds of it), that has a quirky female lead, and just a bit of darkness to it, this is your book. Next: Friends Without Benefits
Of all the ten authors that are featured in this list, Stephen King is the only one that I like despite having tried to read a second book of his and failing to finish. That book was Lisey’s Story, and I simply lost all interest in it halfway through it, three or four summers ago.
Misery, however, had me hooked. I distinctly recall being pleased by how gross (that mouth-to-mouth breathing description has stayed with me since) and how scary it was, something I had never felt while reading a book. So I want more, because fear is something no other author ever gave me again. Next: The Shining
Isherwood moved me deeply with his beautiful, poignant writing in A Single Man, and I’m just itching to get more of his writing style and sensitivity. Next: The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin
Though Delta of Venus is the only book from Anaïs Nin that I’ve finished, when I was done with it I wasn’t very keen on reading Little Birds or any other erotica novels for which Nin is famous (though I understand and can appreciate the genre). Nonetheless, I couldn’t shake the feeling that she was a beautiful writer of prose, and a great character builder. I got this impression from passages like this one, from The Hungarian Adventurer short story:
When he needed money he married a rich woman, plundered her and left for another country. Most of the time the women did not rebel or complain to the police. The few weeks or months they had enjoyed him as a husband left a sensation that was stronger than the shock of losing their money. For a moment they had known what it was to live with strong wings, to fly above the heads of mediocrity.
So I started Henry and June, which is gathered from passages of Nin’s real life journals, and my feeling was right. Her writing is wonderful, and her thoughts are so captivating. I could only find one volume of her journals, but hope someday I will get to read them all. Next: finish Henry and June
I guess the only surprise here is that I haven’t read more books from Ellis! American Psycho is the coolest book ever ever ever, which is a bit scary because it won’t be easy for other novels to live up to it. Next: either Less Than Zero or The Rules of Attraction
This is kind of like Shadow of the Wind, but the feeling of having loved it is much, much stronger. I honestly can’t really remember the plot, nor what happens at the end, not even the character’s names apart from Bunny. I remember it was dark, secretive, and extremely alluring. This book seduced my when I was eighteen and never allowed me to move on.
I’ve waited a long time for Tartt to write another novel that would spark my curiosity. Now there is The Goldfinch, highly praised, equally long. I’ve read the first chapter but put it down and decided not to buy it just yet. I’m thinking December will be a good time to read it, and until then I’ll be able to revisit The Secret History.
Next: The Goldfinch