The week for Top Ten Tuesday the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to think about books we love that maybe get short shrift on the blog or in real life. Sometimes the right discussion to include these great reads just never comes up. This fate usually befalls books I read at least a year ago, or even before I started the blog. So today these neglected titles get to be in the spotlight! They all come with a high recommendation from me. Give them some love!
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich: I've read every single one of the Plum books and I'll keep on reading 'til the end, even though the books are sometimes painfully tired and recycled these days (which, really, is to be expected after 26 novels about the same handful of characters). But the first 13 or so books are awesome! If you need something light and fun and want the perfect mix of mystery, humor and romance, the Plum books are a must-read!
The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness: Until the Red Rising books by Pierce Brown came along, Deborah Harkness's vampire/witch/magic/time travel trilogy had the honor of being my favorite. I was super-excited to hear last month that "A Discovery of Witches" is being turned into a TV show! ("A Discovery of Witches" review; "Shadow of Night" review)
My Life in France by Julia Child: Julia's autobiography -- half of the inspiration for the movie "Julie and Julia" -- is full of mouthwatering food and amazing descriptions of French life, plus the saga of cookbook writing and Julia and Paul's enduring relationship. (review)
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Wall: In this fact-based novel, Jeanette enthralls readers with the life story of her fascinating grandmother, Lily. (review)
The Passage by Justin Cronin: Zombie-vampires run the apocalypse in this amazing page-turner that was my favorite book of 2013! (I still need to read book 2, though. Shame on me.) Incidentally, "The Passage" was my first e-book! (review)
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert: I read this gripping and heartbreaking novel about the leper exile colony on the small Hawaiian island of Moloka'i when we lived in Hawaii and we actually got to take a mule ride down the cliffs to visit Kalaupapa. The experience was enhanced infinitely because I read this book first. (review)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: This was my first Kate Morton book and I absolutely adored it. Typical of Kate, it centers on long-buried secrets finally revealed, and it's a dual narrative split between present day and WWII England. (review)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty: This memoir -- about what on earth would possess a twentysomething girl to take a job in a crematory -- has continued to stick with me. It really opened my eyes about death practices in America, how much things have changed in the past 100 years, and how we're so very much more distanced from death than our ancestors. It also got me thinking about my own death and burial, and influenced me to decide I want some type of green burial -- an option I didn't even know existed before reading Caitlin's book. (review)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett: This was one of my pre-blog reads and it doesn't come up very often, but who didn't love "The Help"? What a great read, and an important one. (Plus I love Skeeter because she's a journalism grad like me!)
The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway: I'm desperately hoping for a sequel to this novel, which, as the cover proclaims, features romance and time travel to Georgian England. It's a totally under-recognized book and I urge any historical fiction fans to pick it up! (review)