Top Ten Tuesday is a meme I lovingly stole from Jamie, The Perpetual Page Turner and the group blog she contributes to, The Broke & The Bookish. She’s easily one of my favorite book bloggers that I’ve discovered through Twitter...and if you pop on over to her personal blog, she’s still running this huge giveaway in celebration of her 25th birthday, which was October 15th.
This week’s topic? Your Top Ten Fictional Crushes. I have Shakespeare’s Mercutio, Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar, maybe just maybe J.K. Rowling’s Oliver Wood…and that’s about it. I’ve been running through my Excel file master list of all the books I own (oh yeah…sorted by title, author, edition, and location because I have an overflowing bookcase plus 24 standard white banker’s boxes) and I’m stumped to come up with any more. But I did want to share with you what I’m reading (a preview of the reviews to come on the blog). And I’m using the alliteration days of the week as more of a jumping-off point than a hard-and-fast rule. So here we are…
The Top Ten Books I Can’t Wait To Read
In no particular order…
1. The Immortals (Taylor Jackson Series #5) by J.T. Ellison — I love her writing and I love this mystery series, which is why a bunch of her links appear over in my Blogroll. Her descriptions of Nashville make me yearn to visit there for myself someday soon. Possible review for Sequel Sunday?
2. Packing For Mars: The Curious Science Of Life In The Void by Mary Roach — I need to scrounge up the cash to buy this. Mary Roach is my #2 girl crush; I feel like I’ve failed because I had no idea this book was coming out! She’s the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers and Bonk: The Curious Coupling Of Science & Sex, both of which I wholeheartedly recommend if you enjoy comedy and are curious about the world around you. If I were ever to attempt the daunting project of listing my Top Ten Favorite Books, both of those would surely make the short list for consideration.
3. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger — In this graphic novel, a woman dreams of a mysterious library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Part of the Fearless Friday thing is reviewing genres of books outside of my comfort zone. My only references for graphic novels are Watchmen and the “Wonder Woman” series of comics. The same author wrote The Time Traveler’s Wife, which got solid reviews from friends of mine but sadly is sitting in my TBR pile. (I have a lead on some sci-fi books but I would love recommendations from religion, science, Greek/Roman etc mythologies, anime/manga, chick-lit, and romance genres. Or combinations of those. Why hello, vicarious love life.)
4. Black Frankenstein: The Making Of An American Metaphor by Elizabeth Young — She’s one of my favorite college professors and my #3 girl crush. Once I get around to reading her books, I’m sure she’ll move up. I went to a talk she gave on this book when it was in the first stage of revisions, and it was amazing. As a professor, she makes exquisite arguments in film (especially Alfred Hitchcock *swoon*), gender studies, African-American studies, and of course English lit. And, you know, helps make her students’ arguments stronger without dismissing the validity of anyone who disagrees with her interpretations. She gets that reading is an extremely personal experience. Here she explores the casting of blacks into the role of Frankenstein’s monster over time and through various mediums in America.
5. The Teammates: A Portrait Of Friendship by David Halberstam — My Twitter pal Libby Crews cannot stop raving about this book! I think I’ve acquired enough baseball (or specifically Red Sox) books to do an entire theme week when Spring Training starts up again in April. We’ll see if I can contain myself that long! This one is about Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio driving 1,300 miles to see their old Red Sox teammate Ted Williams as he lay dying in Florida. Friend Bobby Doerr is also featured, though he stayed home in Oregon to tend to his own dying wife. Guaranteed crying. But then again, since 2004, I seem to have that reaction to all things Red Sox-ian.
6. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray — A dark comic novel about the events leading up to the death of one ‘Skippy’ at a Scottish boys’ school. Several book bloggers I respect have raved about this book so I’m verrrrrry curious about it.
7. Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross — Same reason as above. In this one, Alice dies from suicide by lodging a peanut in her throat and dying by anaphylactic shock. Her husband is writing his own darkly violent novel as detectives investigate Alice’s death. Ultimately pitched as a story about the nature of love, à la Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. (And Hitchcock fangirling is a big part of my film geekery, in case you hadn’t guessed!)
8. Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know & Doesn’t by Stephen Prothero — Debunks myths, explains traditions and customs, and just generally gives you a solid foundation from which to speak about other religions. I’ve heard solid reviews and I thought I might want to read this as a refresher course before I delve into other books in the religious genre sitting in my TBR pile.
9. Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack On Christianity by S.E. Cupp — She’s a regular guest on RedEye. Confession: I haven’t read her earlier book Why You’re Wrong About The Right in full yet; I skipped to the interview with Curt Schilling! Haha. Oh, baseball. I was thinking I could review this in the same week as #8 for a nice comparison.
10. The Gardner Heist: The True Story Of The World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser — The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a pretty big deal in Boston. And in the art world generally. It’s a literally a woman’s home that after her death was turned into an art museum. It’s quirky and I haven’t been there in forever, which needs to change ASAP. I’m hoping the author’s probe into the 1990 crime is as retro-smooth as the old and new Ocean’s 11 movie franchise. Also, the author’s name is Ulrich, and that’s just an awesome name that cries out for attention.
FYI: I’m terrible at commenting on other people’s blogs. It’s doesn’t matter if I know them, if I love them, if we’re complete and utter strangers. I’m a notorious lurker and I’m trying to change that.
So, questions for you guys… What are you reading? What are you looking forward to reading? What book was so hideous if you saw someone holding it in a bookstore checkout line that you’d warn them off? What book did you love so much that you would talk to a stranger about it? What books that you’re read have failed to live up to the media hype? What books did you love as a kid?
Answer or don’t answer as many of the questions that strike your fancy. I want to get to know you all. Maybe I should ask regular questions like this to see who’s reading my blog. You adorable lurkers, you.
Oh, and most importantly: What books do you want me to read and review here? What bookish topics would you like to suggest? (ex. What recent books, in the past 10 years, are tomorrow’s classics?) It doesn’t necessarily have to correspond with any of my alliteration days of the week business. I can make it work like Tim Gunn, bitches.