Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!


December 4: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

I love, love, love this week’s TTT. In fact, I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me a whole library, the British one would be enough. Here are some books I’m dying to read (wink, wink Mr. Books & Reviews).

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Everyone was hooked on this one over the summer, especially some crime fiction publishers I really trust so I decided I had to read it. Then, last week it was announced that Reese Witherspoon, one of my favourite actors, will be producing it and it seems it’s going to be big: Witherspoon and Flynn did a photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter. Can’t wait.

2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Tie-in edition)

I’ve heard wonderful things about the movie and I’ve been procastinating reading the great Russian authors for too long now. I don’t know anything about the story except that there is adultery and a flawed, complex female main character. If you know me, you know I’m in.

3. The Plantation Mistress by Catherine Clinton

A great professor lent me this book some years ago and I loved it so much I only read a few pages a week, it was one of those non-fiction books that you don’t want to end. Taking into account my interest on women’s studies and the Southern states, this makes the perfect reading.

4. A Room with a View by E.M Forster

Some months ago I read and fell in love with Howards End, plus reading the book called for watching the movie which I enjoyed too. Now it’s time to read more Forster and watch more Emma Thompson.

5. Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood

Atwood is, along with Atkinson, THE writer: that author that, no matter what she writes, you know you’ll love it all. Your friends are tired of hearing you recommend her and you always buy one of her books as presents for other people, because let’s face it, they need to read her. That’s Atwood for me and in this novel with a love triangle, things are sure to get interesting.

6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I only heard of Plath in my senior year and since then I can’t wait to read her (and watch the movie with Gwyneth Platrow and Daniel Craig). Some of my favourite bloggers love her as well.

7. A Literature of their Own by Elaine Showalter

One of the good things about non-fiction women’s studies’ books is that in a few chapters you are given some titles and authors you have never ever heard of but you know you need to read. This is one of those books that make you love books even more (if that’s possible).

8. One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

More Southern non-fictin, this time from one of the greatest authors: Eudora Welty. I admire her style and her symbolism, so I can’t wait to read how she started to write and how she made it in the publishing world being both a woman and a Southerner.

9. Save me the Watlz by Zelda Fitzgerald

When I read The Great Gatsby I fell in love with Daisy. She had the only kind of power women were allowed at that time, her body was the only tool she had and she knew it. Talk about manipulation! Then I somehow Zelda was Daisy and when I finally saw Midnight in Paris (which I highly recommend to anyone who likes 20th century literature) I knew I needed to read her. Plus, rumor has it there was some kind of plagiarism between Save me the Watlz and one of Fitzgerald’s works. We’ll see.

10. Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D James

The first book I read by P.D James was Death Comes to Pemberley last November but it was love at first sight: I knew I would like the book and I wasn’t wrong. As a crime-fiction fan (and maybe, future writer) this sounds a great guide to both the genre and the writing.

Now, that was a quick list to write!



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