Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love but Don't Talk About Often

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

For this week's prompt I decided to talk about all the adult books that I love that don't really talk much about. I know for me since I've been blogging, I have focused way more on YA. I still periodically talk about some adult books that I love like Mistborn, Bitter Greens, and A Song of Ice and Fire but there is a host of other books that I don't talk about enough or often. Here's that list.

1.) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
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I read this book about a year ago and I don't think I really gave it it's due flailing. Seriously this book is amazing. If you're into the trend of fantasies set in the Middle East and inspired by mythology you must read this.

2.) The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
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This is such an interesting and creative mystery/thriller. I saw someone review it just yesterday and I was like, man I love that book and want other fans of mysteries to read it.

3.) Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
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Haha, another book I flailed about yesterday. I listened to the audio for this after not being able to connect with the e-book and it blew my mind. It's a really atmospheric Urban Fantasy kind of read an a brilliant audiobook.

4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
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I read this before blogging and think it is one of the most amazing and unique pieces of historical fiction I have ever read. It's set during and after WWII but it's about the golden ago of comic books and it's amazing and heartbreaking in the best possible.

5.) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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I consider this one of my favorite books. It is the reason I wanted to blog six years  ago when I was a bad blogger who never updated. But this was my first ever review. It's such a great and impactful and I really need a reread.

6.) The Historian by Esizabeth Kostova
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I also read this before blogging and it is one of if not my favorite book. I read it at a time I was obsessed with historical mysteries and it is a brilliant combination of those genres plus supernatural fantasy. It reread a few years ago and it still holds up.

7.) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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I read this book just before I started blogging and it affected me in a deeply and profound way. It is a book that has stuck with me ever since and I hope the story of friendship and connecting with the one person who can understand you. This book is beautiful and tragic and everyone should read it.

8.) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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I was late to the game for this book. I'm not sure what took me so long but I joined the party at all so there's that. This book is also beautiful and tragic. It's a great read for dystopia fans and has a fantastic unreliable narrator.

9.) The Joke by Milan Kundera
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I read a lot of Milan Kundera when I was in college. Because of this book which I was required to read for a class. Kundera is a great writer when it comes to the intertwining of human lives and this a brilliant social commentary and look at the politics of the period.

10.) The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
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I love a lot of different fantasy series and this is one that I don't often talk about even though it's a great world and interesting plot. I also don't talk about these audiobooks even though they are fantastic and super atmospheric with a brilliant narrator.

Honorable Mention to Adult Books I Have Talked About A Little More:
11.) Uprooted by Naomi Novik - My Review
12.) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - My Review
13.) The Magicians by Lev Grossman - My Review
14.) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - My Review
15.) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - My Review

What books do you love and don't often talk about? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. YESS!! All the yes to The Historian and The Alchemist!! I want to get The Historian in English because I originially read it in Spanish...
    And I also completely agree with Menagerie... it is one brilliant book!
    Now I must add The Golem & The Jinni to the wish list!

  2. I added Menagerie to my list. I love circus books. I have The Handmaid's Tale in Kindle form, and I need to make time to read it. I'm struggling with dystopian right now. I'll get to it this year.

  3. ROFL -- I haven't read any of these, but I think my husband would love your list! He's enjoyed a few of them, and I remember him talking about how much he loved The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

  4. Gah! Your list is awesome sauce!! Please make me read The Golem and the Jinni!! So many good ones. I smacka myself for forgetting the alchemist! It's so good!

  5. I absolutely love The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Handmaid's Tale! Tow of my favorites and I recently read some books I HIGHLY recommend fans of both. RE: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, you must read The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows; RE: The Handmaid's Tale, you must read Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins!

  6. Nice picks for this week! I have read The Handmaid's Tale a enjoyed reading it a lot. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors.

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  7. Ooh nice list! I LOVED Menagerie! I pretty much love all Rachel's books to date!! And ooh I liked The Historian as well! That was before my TBR pile became out of control and though it wasn't my usual kind of read I did like the vampire part of the story, even if the history parts got a little overwhelming! Great picks!

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  8. I loved Attachments! That one should have been on my list this week too. My TTT

  9. Great list! The only one I've actually read it The Good Girl, but The Handmaid's Tale and The Alchemist are on my list to read!

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort