Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Books I'm Dying to Read
I like lists. So, this meme over at The Broke and the Bookish is something I look forward to. This week's list is Top Ten Books I'm Dying to Read. Now c'mon, if I was really dying to read them, they would probably already have been read, no? Unless, of course, we're talking about books with upcoming releases, and (with few exceptions) I'm just not enough of a fan boy to follow books soon to be released. Anway, here's some books I look forward to reading at some point --
1. The Financial Lives of Poets - Jess Walter
2. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Flynn's debut novel "Sharp Objects" was a surprising 'hit' with both the masses and me. Flynn basically writes about women being a bunch of evil bitches, which sounds really shallow and silly, but it's actually kind of refreshing. Flynn goes beyond femme fatales and manipulative women and tells stories of women doing the kinds of things we generally expect only out of men...actually Flynn's women are even worse. Anyone who has spent any time in the high school cafeteria knows where these characters come from and why they ring true. It's not only the men who are pigs.
3. Redemption Street - Reed Farrell Coleman
4. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
I've read Morrison's debut "The Bluest Eye", and I have her so-called masterpiece "Beloved" at home. I enjoyed "...Eye" more than I thought I would. "Solomon", not "Beloved", is the book Harold Bloom claims is Morrison's opus, and Bloom's opinions have served me well in the past.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
This book was on my prior Top Ten list of books I haven't read. This makes me wonder why these two lists aren't more similar? Hmm...
6. The Postman Always Rings Twice
This is the classic noir novel. No clue why I have yet to read it. The Italian neo-realist film Ossessione is one of the best pictures I've ever seen. It was based on the novel, and is superior to the American noir film that carries the Cain title.
7. Barabbas - Par Lagerkvist
This one is on the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and came up on a random number search of that list, and I became intrigued by it's story of the man pardoned to "make room" for Christ's crucifixion. I like intelligent biblical stories, and this appears to be one. Lagerkvist is a nobel laureate.
I've never read Coelho. I've heard him referred to as simplistic. I find beauty in the simple. Plus, I picked this book up at the Big Ass Book Sale, and on the cover it says it's a Novel of Redemption. I like redemptive stories. Win?
9. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
I have to confess to having picked this book up more than once, and being turned off by Stephenson's writing style. I'm not even much of a sci-fi guy, but I do LOVE Gibson's Neuromancer and people are always telling me how great this cyberpunk novel is...so I want to read it and I want to like it. Unfortunately, that can be a bad combination. High expectations and all...
10. I don't know. You tell me. What book should I be dying to read?