A fabulous blog entitled The Broke and The Bookish holds a weekly feature/web-meme/ link up entitled Top Ten Tuesday. Each week has a different theme where bloggers from around the world contribute their own top ten and are able to discuss each other’s choices. This week we’re looking at authors that we have only read one of their books would love to read more.
In The Miso Soup wasn’t a book I had heard much about before I read it but now I just can’t get it out of my head. The world that Murakami creates in this book sears with violence, sex, aggression and mystery. As much as I was disgusted by the main scene of violence, by this point I was so engaged with the characters and the concept behind the book that I could not put it down.
OK, he’s only had one novel published but it was so good- The Boy’s Own Guide to Being a Proper Jew. It was a great debut and if he continues to write like this I definitely want to read more. Keep them coming, Eli!
I need to read more about Lottie Biggs! Lottie Biggs is (Not) Mad was a YA book which was funny, engaging, didactic (but not too so) and just a great depiction of a teenager with mental health issues. Lottie’s depression and anxiety forms a major part of the book but is not shown to be all that she is. She is bright, funny, gobby and a bit of a brat at times but is so lovingly and beautifully written. I wish this was around when I was 13!
Bonk was a fantastic non-fiction read about sex- not salacious but full of facts that you never knew you needed to know. Scientific enough not to seem tacky but funny enough not to be boring for the lay person. The only reason I haven’t read more of her work is I just can’t decide which to read next- Stiff or Gulp? Any ideas?
My Mad Fat Teenage Diary is another book about a teenager with mental health difficulties, but this time the real life diary of Rae Earl. I loved this and now need to read the sequel and find out what happened to Rae as she went on to college.
The Bunker Diary just blew me away. I read it within a day but would not class it as an easy read due to the topic. A hard-hitting claustrophobic read. Who says YA is not intellectually stimulating?
I liked the concept of Boy Meets Boy but there was something in the delivery that didn’t quite work for me. I would like to read Two Boys Kissing to see how his style has developed (and because I am very intrigued by the idea of the Greek style chorus).
H G Wells
I have read The Time Machine and really enjoyed it. I have a copy of The War of the Worlds but have just never got around to reading it. I really should make the effort. (The only problem is that since I started watching Warehouse 13 I can’t think about HG Wells without seeing Jaime Murray!?! I have to keep reminding myself that he actually was a man in real life!!!)
I’ve read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and really want to continue to read the other books in this autobiographical series.
Occasionally I like to dip into a crime novel. I’ve read Roadside Crosses by Deaver and really enjoyed it so think he would be a good author to return to the next time I need a crime fix. (Also, my husband is a fan so there are lots of Deaver novels floating around the house meaning I wouldn’t need to buy them or trek out to the library).