Top Ten Tuesday: Recommended Reading
The weekly meme I can't resist, from The Broke and The Bookish.
Dear reader, you have brought my reading life to life. I used to be a solitary reader, going from one book to another in a desultory way. Maybe I read a book review in a magazine or a newspaper, or maybe I got a title from a book. But it was just me and the books. And then I met you. And you had opinions. Obsessions. Crazes even.
Book bloggers are an interesting lot. A community of people who may never have met (though there are lots of IRL get-togethers) having a conversation about books-and that conversation has deeply influenced my reading habits. (Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm had a good post about that recently).
So here are a few influencers, and the books they've influenced me to read (or put at the top of my list).
1. Judith at Reader in the Wilderness has pleasingly eclectic taste. She convinced me to read The Small Room by May Sarton, and I'm glad she did.
2. Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza has the most enticing header. Her equally enticing review of Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski convinced me to put this book at the top of my TBR pile.
3. Another persuasive review is Greg Zimmerman of The New Dork Review of Books. Greg's taste often coincides with my own, and his reviews are always witty-he strikes a perfect balance between nerdy and hip. His reviews of David Foster Wallace's work got me to read This is Water.
4. And Infinite Jest is on my Nook thanks to Greg.
5. You Think Too Much is a great name for a blog. Robyn writes reviews that are somehow just right-intelligent, but not pretentious, and often from a slightly different angle. Her deep and abiding love for Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow has convinced me to read this novel.
6. It's hard to say where exactly this came from: somewhere in all the posts about books from Persephone Press, I read a great review of The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett.I loved this little gem, and I know I would never have read it otherwise.
7. Another one that is simply in the air: The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King.
8. The Master and Margarita is at the top of my list, also due to repeated rave reviews in the blogosphere.
9. Brenna at Literary Musings is another book blogger whose taste I trust. That's why I plan to read Norwegian Wood this month.
10. And if Norwegian Wood is not enough, Haruki Murakami fanatics in the blogosphere have caused me to also purchase The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.
Has this happened to you? What book have you read (or plan to read) based on a recommendation?