Top Ten Tuesday

03 Apr

As hosted by The Broke and Bookish

Truth be told, I’m not a very fast reader… These are a list of books I can read in one sitting and become very grumpy when forced to leave to do things like go to university or make more tea.

1) Wicca/ Sweep Series – Cate Tiernan.
This was my favourite book series back when I was in school. It’s a YA series set in theUS. There is a lot of magic, romance and snappy dialogue in it. Plus the heroine isn’t a pushover.

2) Bodas de Sangre – Federico García Lorca.
OK, so it’s not a book but a play… it’s also a brilliant read with passion and heartbreak flying off the page. ‘No quiero contigo cama ni cena y no hay minutodel día que estar contigo no quiera’.

3) American Gods – Neil Gaiman.
Shhh, I’ve not read this one yet, but it’s on my kindle and its siren-song is growing stronger with every heartbeat…

4) Our Lady of Darkness – Peter Tremayne.
Let’s face it; nothing beats historical fiction that’s written by an expert in a) that period and b) human nature. The Sister Fidelma Series (which is the one this book comes from) gives us a brilliant insight into 7th centuryIreland whilst delivering the sort of story anyone who isn’t so interested in the ‘historical’ part of ‘historical fiction’ will be glued to.

5) The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende.
Parts of it are very hard to read without weeping but it’s still my favourite of all the adult Magical Realism novels I’ve read. And it’s set in Chile.

6) Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare.
My wonderful friend who’s recommended most of my favourite sci-fi and fantasy novels gave me this for my 21st birthday. I read it in a day and… darn, I want to read it again.

7) I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith.
Forget 101 Dalmations, it’s all about I Capture the Castle. Really.

8) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime – Mark Haddon
Another book I can’t put down as soon as I’ve started reading it. The story was as close to perfect as they get.

9) L’Amant – Margaret Duras.
I’m going to have to read this in a day for class but I’m looking forward to it (we had to translate an extract into Spanish and it looked very well written).

10) Une Forme de Vie – Amélie Nothomb
To read a review, click here. I love love love her way of writing.


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7 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. L.S. Engler

    April 3, 2012 at 15:13

    I’ll admit, the only one of these I’ve read is American Gods, but American Gods is easily one of my favorite books. Enjoy it! It’s incredible, one of the few books that left me gobsmacked at page 13 and continued to take my breath away from there. I’ll have to try to get around to some of the others on this list! A Curious Incident…. has been on my TBR list for a while now.

    • wildnightin

      April 3, 2012 at 15:22

      I now have to start reading American Gods. I was put off a tiny bit by Gaiman’s comment at the start that all readers either fall in love with it or can’t stand it… Here’s to loving it 🙂
      A Curious Incident was really good. The main character amazed me.

      • L.S. Engler

        April 3, 2012 at 16:53

        Ha! A lot of Gaiman’s comments about his own stories tend to put me off a bit. I wanted to gag at the pretentiousness imbued in his introduction to Fragile Things, but, so help me, I still love the man and especially his imagination. Just got to shove aside what he says and just enjoy what he writes.

  2. Tanya Patrice

    April 3, 2012 at 16:17

    I’ve only read Clockwork Angels from this list – but ir rocked. I’ll have to check out the others on your list – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • wildnightin

      April 4, 2012 at 09:34

      It really did rock. 🙂 Have you read Clockwork Prince too? I just finished it the other day and can’t wait for the next book to come out.

  3. Jennifer (@feministfairy)

    April 3, 2012 at 16:38

    Very unique list! I’m intrigued by the Tiernan series now. I want to read American Gods as well. Thanks for visiting!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    • wildnightin

      April 4, 2012 at 09:33

      The Tiernan series was brilliant, although I last read it four years ago so I may just be idealising it. Thanks for visiting too. 🙂 Have a great week.


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