This week The Broke and the Bookish ask us for our top ten most recent top-scoring reads. I'm putting my own little spin on this and am doing five of my most recent top picks and then five that I'm planning to read soon* that I have super high hopes for:
1. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff- Fine, I still have a hundred pages left, but I'm a complete Groff fan girl after her other two books and 2/3s of this one. Her plot, characters, and writing are the whole damn package.
2. The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon- Ruth is my hero, what can I say? We jive on a lot of things politically and in terms of feminism, but she's a cool lady as a whole. The book was well-done and was informative without being dry.
3. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- I don't read YA, but I like Alexie and I had a hunch that this would tug at the heart strings and tickle the funny bone. I was correct. Also, I read it in an afternoon, so now I understand why those who stick to this genre are able to read like five million books a year.
4. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff- Well, well, well, here she is again. When I think about contemporary literary fiction, this instantly pops into mind.
5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin- I love teaching this book, as it incites a great deal of discussion with my students. I also really appreciated reading it as a mom, this time around. While I'm not about to walk into the sea, I do understand Edna's feeling of suffocation at times.
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6. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri- A memoir by one of the most talented writers of our time.
7. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Mara- Too many bloggers and critics I trust have loved this book for me to think I'd feel any different.
8. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann- The man is a God.
9. This is the Story of Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett- I love everything I've read by her, and the idea of short stories in her voice seems perfect.
10. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez- I know this will be amazing, since it's effing Marquez, I just haven't gotten to it.
*soon is completely fluid, when it comes to my reading sequence