Our heavily funded research department uncovered some pretty interesting facts. Over the past 8-ish months we’ve highlighted a total of 110 different books during these always memorable Tuesdays. The leader board includes: Harry Potter series (17 times), Gone with the Wind (15 times), To Kill a Mockingbird (14 times), Pride and Prejudice (11 times), and I Capture the Castle (11 times). We were just as surprised to find that The Eyre Affair wasn’t closer to the top???
Anyway, below are some of the books we’ve ignored in the past that maybe shouldn’t have been...
- A Pale View of Hills (Kazuo Ishiguro) – This novel stands as our (Evan’s) most recent read. Ishiguro is a master of revealing the plot in slow and small doses and we literally didn’t put the pieces together until the final page. No, this wasn’t on account of our dimness, but Ishiguro’s writing....
- Something Wicked this Way Comes (Ray Bradbury) – Seriously good Ray Bradbury, or should we say Wicked Good Ray Bradbury (phrase best used in conjunction with a heavy Boston accent). With characters like Monsieur Guillotine and Mr. Electrico this novel is well worth your time.
- Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren) – We must highlight this novel for no other reason than our 6 year old son laughed hysterically when Pippi had to self-punish herself for not going to bed on time. Great children’s novel!
- I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be your Class President (Josh Lieb) – Not quite sure how this book didn’t make it onto some kind of past 10 ten list. Quite funny and only mildly depressing.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon) – This is another very original book with plenty to offer a perspective reader (a little heavy on the language for those who might need to cover their literary ears).
- The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) – For anyone interested in the classics, this is one of the best mysteries for your money. Plenty of intrigue with a very interesting narrative and some great bad guys thrown in for good measure.
- A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle) – Whenever we think of this book it brings a good-humored smile to our face. Chances are it will do the same thing to your face.
- The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) – The high quality of this book is no secret, or at least if shouldn’t bee.
Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!