Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic was too similar to one that I’ve done recently, so instead I’m going to tell you about our 10 +2 picks for book club this year. We meet once a month, so I’ve got 12 books for you today!
January was my month, and we read Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian. I’ve already talked about this one, so I’ll just get to the books I haven’t talked about. (But I loved it.)
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. This is another book I’ve already read. I’m in 2 books clubs and both groups picked this book. That should tell you something!
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. I read this about 7-8 years ago and I’m looking forward to reading it again. Great YA contemporary about family and loss.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I’m excited as I *still* haven’t read this one. I have it on audio though!
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. We’re doing it next month, but I haven’t started it yet. The story centers around Charlotte Bronte, but one of her modern relatives. I hear it’s good but not great. We’ll see.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I have one friend who loves self-help books, which I hate, but this one sounds more like psychology than self-help, so I’m keeping an open mind.
Fire of the Word by Carol Pratt Bradley. A historical fiction about the rise of the Protestant movement in England.
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner. About a family in 1918 Philadelphia. I don’t know much about this one.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved this. I’m looking forward to reading it again.
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee & David John. I had this one on my TBR already, so I’m excited to get to discuss it.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Supeytas. I already DNF’d this one last year and I’m *dreading* picking it up again. I doubt I’ll finish it. I’m going to count it as a win if I get a page further than last time. Heck, maybe just one page will be enough!
So that’s what we’ve got. I think it’s a good mix of fiction and some non-fiction, a little heavy on historical fiction and there’s never enough fantasy/sci fi for me. But except for the last book, they all sound like something I will at least like, if not love. I’m curious to see if any of you have read these books. If so, let me know what you thought. Happy reading!