book love

original photo by Tinker*Tailer

I just spent an hour at the etsy forums, getting some book recommendations from other shopkeepers. since I'll have a full 8 hours crossing the Atlantic from here to Paris next week, I'll be needing something good to read to keep me occupied.
This got me thinking about books i love, and inspired me to write up a top 10 list here. It would be too hard to do a list of my top 10 books of all time, so I'm just going to do the 10 best books I've read within the past year.
So here goes:

10. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
9. Brandenburg Gate by Henry Porter
8. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
because I have a weakness for Brit(ish) Chick Lit
7. The Hills of Tuscany by Ferenc Mate
because I'll read any memoir ever written about living in Tuscany
6. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
thank you to Miho for sending me this and introducing me to a really fun and totally wacked out writer :)
5. A Year in the World by Frances Mayes
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
her last completed novel, and the only one I hadn't read yet -- it may be my new favorite.
2. Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


Zwalshon said...

What books did you decide on? And what's with the trip? I just took a bunch of books on tape out of the library, having just finished Life of Pi. 1) LAMB - Christopher Moore 2) Lunar Park - Brett Easton Ellis(read by James Van Der Beek) 3) Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster 4) Spook Country - William Gibson.


lilie said...

hey you. i haven't decided yet -- i have to see which ones are available at my library first. but i'm thinking about 1. julie and julia - julie powell 2. cat's cradle - k. vonnegut or 3. yes man - danny wallace.
i will check out your list while i'm at it.
the fam and i are flying to paris for 4 days, and then spending a week in tuscany at a rented villa. will have many much photos for flickr when i get back :)

Laini Taylor said...

Hey wow -- I'm just reading The Thirteenth Tale now and really liking it! Good list.

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