Top Ten Tuesday : The Last Ten Books I’ve Added on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to all of us by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is about books you have recently added to your to-read list (not that anyone needs more books on that list, especially not me–now at 526 and that does not include the list I have going in the notebook in my desk…).

Very simply, I went to Goodreads and I’m listing off the last 10 books I added and what prompted me to do so when it seems to be the height of folly to add anything else to my list…

The links go back to the Goodreads pages, in case you want to add them to your own crazy lists.

  1. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride: Famous for her book/play A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (which I have not read), I came across this book in the NY Times Book Review section–most of these titles come from there. But I like the idea of a young woman coming to the big city to make a name for herself, which is lucky because that is the storyline of almost every book in the western world.
  2. Nine Island by Jane Alison: Because the description said it was darkly humorous and the narrator is working on translating Ovid–we read Metamorphoses in one of my college courses and it is amazing–so many of the stories we know and love trace back to these myths like Romeo & Juliet and My Fair Lady.
  3. Mister Monkey by Francine Prose: It follows the performers of an off-off-off broadway musical for children. There are monkeys involved. Need I say more?
  4. The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien: This is an older book (first published in the 1960s) and it was mentioned in an essay about books on female friendship. It’s set in Ireland and it follows two women–honestly I’m not sure how much I’ll like it–but I tend to give books a chance and if it turns out I’m not into it by the first twenty or so pages, I just turn it back into the library.
  5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: What happens when an aristocrat is subject to house arrest in 1920s era Russia? I can’t wait to find out.
  6. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple: I loved her book Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and I’m eager to read this one, which I’m sure will be very different but will hopefully have a similar spirit.
  7. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue: This is another book I’m not sure how much I’m going to like–it’s about a midwife who is witnessing a supposed miracle but ends up having to fight to save the child. I like intense books, but this one seems to be asking for a box of kleenex to go with it or alternately a flashlight to go to bed with–not sure which one.
  8. Little Nothing by Marisa Silver: Follows the story of a young woman who is a dwarf finding her way in a world that has shunned her because of the way her body looks.
  9. Time Travel: A History by James Gleick: About science fiction’s obsession with time travel–seems like it could be totally fascinating. I love this kind of thing.
  10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve heard such good things about this book, but I’ve never gotten around to reading it (or watching the film).

So those are the last ten books I’ve added to my list. I get a little Goodreads-happy around the end of the year when the come out with all the best-of-the-year list and I find so many more books to read. I will never finish all the books on my list, but I love knowing that there’s always something else to read and because of that there’s no reason to suffer through a book you don’t like.

Are any of these books on your list? What are you excited to read as the year winds down? Let me know in the comments.

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