This week its Top Ten Books Recommended at The Broke and the Bookish
Here are mine:
1) Pride and Prejudice – First read this book after the BBC mini-series came out and I loved it. When I hadn’t read it for over a decade, I fell in love with it again. Now that I am reading it once again, I am finally admiring Austen’s genius.
2) Jane Eyre – Read this book when I was in grade 8 and its one that I have loved and revisited since. And especially in my adult years, I have really come admire the book.
3) East of Eden – Read this book back when Oprah used this as one of her book selections a number of years ago and really enjoyed it. Read it again a few years later and really caught the nuances of the book and really appreciated its grandeur.
4) The Robber Bride – My first truly adult novel that I read when I was 15. This book allowed me to journey into a world that I had previously avoided and when I first read this book, I really couldn’t turn back. It was a turning point in my reading life.
5) Alias Grace – It was shortly after reading The Robber Bride that I read this book and was just mesmerized by Atwood’s storytelling. I suppose it didn’t hurt that it had a historical element and made me further intrigued about the story of Grace Marks.
6) The Root Cellar – This book has stayed with me for a long time, even though I haven’t read it in quite sometime. Just the notion of going back in time is romantic enough, but the fact that it goes to a period in which so much has been written about in American history intrigued me even more. I guess it started a love affair with the American Civil War that really hasn’t abated and only seems to continue.
7) A Handful of Time – As with The Root Cellar, it got me at a time when I was just coming out of reading books, such as The Babysitters Club, and even now as an adult reader, I found the book just as interesting as when I first read it as a tween. Loved the notion of going back to a different time, but this time to learn more about a mom the main character barely knew.
8) A Tale of Two Cities – While my grade 11 English classmates were rolling their eyes while reading this book, I was really enjoying it. I am so glad that my english teacher put this on the reading list.
9) Jacob Have I loved – Read this in grade 7 when I was looking for something to read in a brand-new school library and I wasn’t disappointed. Had the books I was looking for been available, I would have read that one instead, but because the school librarian had put the book in the collection, I was able to turn from the books that I was comfortable with to books that I would be challenged with.
10) All Quiet on the Western Front – I first read this book in my grade 12 English class and really didn’t see the point of the book, but my first History class that I took at the university level had this in the syllabus and I groaned at the thought. But once I was able to understand the historical context of the book, I enjoyed the book and respect the message that Remarque is trying to get across.
I apologize if I did the meme wrong; its my first one. Have a good day 🙂