It’s Top Ten Tuesday, the book meme hosted by the fantastic Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree!
I decided to go way, way back into the annals of my Goodreads and Amazon lists and discover what I’ve added so long ago that I can’t remember why or how the book entered my field of vision. I picked out a few that I may have forgotten about over time, but still want to read.
- Carrie by Stephen King
Although my stance on the “King” of horror is decidedly ambivalent (please, someone punch me for that pun), I do enjoy a lot of his earlier works that I’ve read, such as Misery, Firestarter, and IT. Because I can never be effulgent about King, I will simply state that should the book fall into my hands, I wouldn’t mind reading it.
- 30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to go to There by William Irwin and J. Jeremy Wisnewski
I want to go to this book while I’m workin’ on my night cheese and take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant.
- The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson wrote a claustrophobic, apocalyptic novel about a bunch of weirdos cloistered inside a house like a doomsday cult, and I haven’t read it!?!
- Anything by Haruki Murakami
First, because I need to do a better job at reading diverse books, and second, because I want to buy a ticket on the Murakami train.
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Ditto on the read more diverse books. I also learned in Shirley Jackson’s new biography by Ruth Franklin that Ellison was a close friend of Jackson and her husband and collaborated with them during the writing of this book. An important work in the advent of the Civil Rights Movement.
- The Sweet Hereafter by Russel Banks
I watched the film “The Sweet Hereafter” several years ago and it wrecked me. Simply devastating. I’m interested to see how the book and film (directed in a highly stylized manner by Atom Egoyan) differ.
- When the Mississippi Ran Backwards by Jay Feldman
This book has it all: murder, intrigue, an earthquake, Thomas Jefferson, and the nastiest river you ever accidentally fell into. Seeing as how I spent a good portion of my life living just north of the New Madrid Fault line (pronounced “MAD-rid,” not “MUH-drid”), this looks like a fascinating slice of history.
- Columbine by Dave Cullen
Man, I sure ask Santa for some depressing stuff. I think I’ve been avoiding this read because it will be difficult. The legacy of Columbine is rooted in the minds of anyone who remembers that afternoon when the tragedy played out in real time over televisions.
- Open City by Teju Cole
Diverse books! This book is on my Amazon wish list at least twice as well as my Goodreads and Litsy #TBR shelves. Obviously, the universe wants me to read this.
- Hex by Thomas Heuvelt
Dear Santa: If I don’t get this book soon, I’m breaking up with you.