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.
The Topic This Week Is: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About
1. A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
This is the first book in the Unbound series, and I absolutely loved it! It is a contemporary story that weaves in the story of Jane Eyre. Fabulous! I don’t talk about it much because not many people I know have read it.
2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight is one of those books that people either really love or really hate. There isn’t much in-between, and people are very judgy about this book.
I’m of the opinion that any book that can get millions of teenagers to read is worth a read and discussion. I loved it!
3. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Everyone knows Shakespeare, but how many people do you know that love and talk about Macbeth?
I love it, but I don’t talk about it a ton. If I were talking about Shakespeare, usually Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet comes up. But I’ve always enjoyed this story of blind ambition, manipulative witches, and the consuming power of guilt.
4. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Okay, this book is sad. It delves into topics like suicide, death, depression, and complicated family relationships.
It’s a heavy book, but it’s also powerful and poignant and a fascinating look at how different people deal with death and grief.
5. The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is my Queen. Well, her, Lizzo, and Sarah J. Maas.
I love this book. It is enlightening, spiritual, and empowering. However, I don’t talk about it a ton because it is such a personal book for me.
Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous female American poets, and I’ve been a fan since highschool.
Fun Fact: I actually used part of one of her poems for my senior quote in the yearbook.
I love this book because it includes letter penned by Dickinson, which I found fascinating! However, I don’t know many people who would find this as fascinating as I do.
7. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck is a phenomenal storyteller. Most people think of Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath when talking about Steinbeck, but my favorite Steinbeck story is The Pearl. It is a fascinating piece about discrimination, love, loss, and what is really important in life.
I’ve read and taught this at least twenty times, and each time it is as enjoyable and poignant as the last.
8. Wish You Well by David Baldacci
I have a soft spot in my heart for this book. This was a Reading Across Rhode Island book, and all of my students participated. They read the book and got to video conference with the author.
I even met David Baldacci! He is the first author I ever met, and he is a lovely man – very nice to my students and enthusiastic about reading and writing.
9. Tartuffe by Moliere
I don’t know many people who like to talk about seventeenth century political and religious satire. If they did, I would totally talk about Tartuffe. It’s a funny, smarty, and satirical play that offended many people (especially religious and political leaders).
Unfortunately, I’ve yet to meet a person who says, “You know what play I really like? Tartuffe.” If you’re out there, let me know. We could have a lively conversation!
10. The Book That Shall Not Be Mentioned by the Author I Don’t Support
I absolutely love this book. It is probably in my top 10 favorite books of all time.
However, I have refused to talk about the book and promote it because of the author’s anti LGBTQ stance. I won’t condone or support his beliefs in any way.
Well, there you have it. There are 10 books that I enjoyed but don’t talk about. I struggled a bit with this list, as I pretty much talk about almost every book I read. Have you read any of these? What did you think?
Which books made your list? Comment below!