Top Ten Tuesday

TTT Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s topic is about books that I enjoyed but rarely talk about.

As you have probably noticed, I read a lot of books. Not all of them come up in conversation often, and I feel like they don’t get the attention they really deserve. So here’s my top ten books I enjoyed but don’t get to talk about very often:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I enjoyed this book when I read it in high school (even though it wasn’t on the curriculum), and I enjoyed it every other time I’ve read it since then. However, this one doesn’t come up very often. I’m about due to read it again to make sure I still enjoy it.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

This is another book that I haven’t read in forever, but I remember that I liked it a lot. It’s a story about the lives of women who are featured in the Bible and gives them more of a human feel.

The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch

I absolutely loved White Oleander, and when I came across this book in the library, I had to give it a shot. And I absolutely loved it! It’s set during the Russian Revolution and it’s heartbreaking, rich, inspiring, real, I could go on all day. But I won’t.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I read this one a long time ago, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s the story about a Greek-American named Callie who has a genetic issue that leads her to become Cal — but it also tells the family history. It’s fascinating!

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

This is a heavy read about two friends with eating disorders, one of whom succumbs to her illness. The aftermath affects the other girl deeply and it’s really interesting. Trigger warning for eating disorders and self-harm.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

I was assigned this book in graduate school, and it’s a true story. The author, a psychiatrist, starts the book with a memoir of his experiences in Auschwitz, and how he got through it. The second half discusses how his experiences led to the creation of a new form of therapy.

Night by Elie Wiesel

This is another Holocaust memoir, and it lays out the author’s experiences so clearly and unflinchingly. It’s not an easy read at all, but I personally feel that everyone should read it at least once in their life.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This book blew me away. It’s massive in scope, telling the story of two diverging branches of a family tree, ranging from Africa, through slavery, and into present day.

Remembrance by Rita Woods

I read this book and really enjoyed it. It’s a combination of historical fiction and fantasy, and while it was difficult at times, it was so interesting that I couldn’t put it down.

Sugar, Smoke, Song by Reema Rajbanshi

This was a really cool collection of short stories about a small ethnic group in Southeast Asia, and their experiences as immigrants. I loved the format and the stories.

What are some books that you enjoyed but rarely talk about?

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