The Bookish and the Broke has a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday, in which participants list their top ten answers to the weekly theme. This week the theme is the Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011. Thank you for this great meme.
My choices are as follows:
1- Skippy Dies Paul Murray
So many good things were said about this book by different bloggers and I love an intriguing mystery.
2- A Place to Die Dorothy James
This is also a mystery written by my former professor who told me the last time I saw her she was going to do this. It also got good blogger reviews. And it was a Christmas present.
3- The Ninth War Jewell Parker Rhodes
Charlotte of Charlotte's Library wrote about this book and her post was too tempting to pass up.
4- Leviathan Scott Westerfeld
I never was really aware of Steampunk before, so I thought I would give this one a go.
5- The Sandman Book of Dreams Neil Gaiman
What list is complete without one of the masters?
6- The Wee Free Men Terry Pratchett
Another master, I can’t resist Pratchett any more than I can Gaiman.
7- The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Steward
I promised a ten year old I would read this, so we could discuss it. I try never to break a promise to a kid.
8- Speak Laurie Halse Anderson
Just because it was so controversial last year.
9- The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: five sisters, One Remarkable Family and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
I read an early review by a blogger on this and have enjoyed books about this region in the past. This one sound intriguing.
10- As Always, Julia: the Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto Julia Child
Not because I am a cook, or because I loved Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia but because I really have enjoyed everything I have ever tasted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It pays to live with a good cook.
These are in no particular order and number 9 won’t even be available until March 15th. I can honestly say that many of these books were chosen because of reviews I read on various blogs and in the NY Times Book Review. I have read other books recommended by fellow bloggers and have never been steered in the wrong direction yet. So keep up the good work!
There are other books I want to read, but these are first and foremost, except, of course, what I read for my blog.
I should also add that I have signed up for Comment Challenge 2011. This ides of this challenge is to leave 5 comments a day for 21 days, beginning on January 6th. It is hosted by Mother Reader and so far I have found many new and interesting blogs, as well as a few old favorites. Thank you, Mother Reader, for this great challenge.