Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Top Ten Tuesday - Debut Novels
A good topic this week brought to us by the Broke and the Bookish...though a tough one, as I don't really pay much attention of whether a book is a debut or not. No particular order here.
1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I haven't read about Bilbo's adventure since high school, which makes me sad.
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I adore Ms. Morrison's prose.
3. The Brass Cupcake by John D. MacDonald. I'm mostly a fan of his Travis McGee novels, and have had a hard time connecting with many of the standalones I've read...but this one certainly is an exception.
4. American Rust by Philipp Meyer. Yep, I still love this book...scroll down and you can read my review of it.
5. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I have seen this panned quite a bit in the blogosphere. It has been forever since I've read it, but it turned me into a Hemingway fan.
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson. It reads like a futuristic-ultra punk Chandler novel.
7. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. Easy Rawlins' desperation in holding on to that which is he is most proud - home ownership, makes him one of crime fiction's most empathetic characters.
8. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. The first book reviewed on this blog.
9. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safron Foer. I didn't love this book, but I saw so much promise in Foer that I do think it is a strong debut. The way Foer is able to weave humor into such dark subject matter without you wanting to punch him in the face is astounding. At some point I will work Foer's second book into my reading plans.
10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I jest.