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Monday, March 21, 2016

TTT: Books I really love (but rarely gush about)

Broke and Bookish is the hosting site for Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I love, but you might not know it since I rarely gush about them.
I've hyperlinked my review, if I wrote one, so you can really catch the love!
1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Mariel Barbery
I was struck by the language used in this beautifully written and exquisitely translated book. I read it with a dictionary nearby and I still loved it.
2. The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
If you don't know how much I adore this book, it is only because I can't fit it onto every TTT list. This book is so-o funny. If you haven't read it, you are missing a great one.

3. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
OK, you probably do know how special I think this book is because I do mention it whenever I can.

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is the most geektastic book I've ever read. EVER!

5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Funny, funny, funny.

6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
My daughter and I quote from this book often. The plot is so zany and different, there is lots to love.

7. Couch by Benjamin Parzybok
Lord of the Rings except with a couch. Can you tell I like quirky books?

8. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolley
I used to mention this book quite often but haven't done so recently. This is a nearly perfect book.
9. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
"The novel is sinister, vivid, dreamlike, preposterous and, at the same time, creepily plausible." -NYT Review
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Crazy good yet I don't think I've mentioned it here on my blog that often.

25 comments:

  1. Anne, this is a great list! Sloan's book is one I have been really wanting to read along with The Book of Lost Things and The Elegance of a Hedgehog. You must read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Ready Player One. I listened to Cline's book, which I think is what sold me on it. And Adams is a favorite in our house.

    Thank you for visting my blog!

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    1. I can't believe I waited until my 50s to read so many of these books. Oh well, I am finally getting to good ones!

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  2. The only one of these I've read is Hitchhiker's Guide. LOVED that "trilogy" lol. I quote from it all the time. A bunch of these are on my TBR, hopefully I'll get to them soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

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  3. I loved Hitchiker's Guide! And Going Bovine is so high on my TBR yet you've made me want to read it even more!
    http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/top-ten-books-i-really-love-but-feel.html

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    1. I listened to the audiobook of Going Bovine and it was a completely magical experience. i can still picture where I was when I listened to the last disc. I was crying.

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  4. I love The Book Of Lost Things! Such a good book. :-)

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  5. The Hitchhiker's Guide is the only novel I've read from your list this week. :-) Nice picks for this week!

    Here's a link to my TTT for this week:
    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/03/ten-books-i-really-love-but-feel-like-i.html

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    1. What? Didn't you like Scorpio Races? I adored it.

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  7. Oh I really loved Going Bovine when I first read it. Quirky and fun! I haven't read much else on your list so I'll have to check them out. Anything you particularly recommend?

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  8. I love Scorpio Races and really want to read Going Bovine!

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  9. Great list! The Elegance of the Hedgehog was such a fascinating read. And yay for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ready Player One, Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, and The Book of Lost Things; all fantastic reads too =D

    My TTT

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    1. I know. The Elegance of the Hedgehog isn't for everyone but it was sure the book for me.

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  10. The Scorpio Races and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are a couple of my favorites, too. :)


    Check out my TTT.

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  11. HHGTTG is a classic!!! And I've heard great things about Ready Player One.

    My TTT.

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    1. I obviously really like snarky, funny books.

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  12. So glad to see the Scorpio Races on your list. I think it's a really special books as well.

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  13. This is a great list! I really need to get to The Elegance of the Hedgehog one of these days.

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  14. I also really loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog! Such a charming beautiful little book. IT would have made a good entry on my list as well. As a somewhat newer Maggie Stiefvater fan (because of her Raven Cycle books), I've had The Scorpio Races recommended many times and need to move that up the tbr list. Great list!

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    1. I love THE RAVEN CYCLE books, too. Stiefvater is an amazing author.

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  15. I want to read Ready Player One so bad! It seems like everyone loves it! I have it on hold at the library right now, so hopefully soon!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Oh, I'm jealous. You get to read READY PLAYER ONE for the first time!

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  16. I remember how much I complained at Book Club about having to read Couch and then how much I enjoyed it.:)I think I recommended Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore to you, and was so glad you liked it. The Elegance of the Hedgehog was lovely too. Such great books!

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    1. I remember the opposition to The Couch but we ended up both liking it so much. I have another friend at GK who is also a huge fan of it.

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  17. I liked A Confederacy of Dunces! An oldie but a goodie.

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