Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish

They create a topic and we create a top ten list to accompany it.

This weeks top ten is

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR

So the thing is I don’t do well with TBR lists. I almost never know what I want to read next I just go with the flow. But these are books I have been wanting to read for so long. Well all of them except the 1st one on the list, it’s brand new.

10. Me and Mr. Darcy By Alexandra Potter

This one is on the list for Austen in August. Fingers crossed it will be good.

9. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln By Stephen L. Carter

This was also on my spring TBR list and it hasn’t happened yet. This book re-imagines Lincolns story if he survived the assassination attempt.  President Lincoln faces an impeachment trial and, is being defended by a young black woman. Yeah I know sounds amazing. The thing about Carter is he packs a ton on information into his books and you really have to pay attention or, you get lost.

8. Jubilee By Margaret Walker

This isn’t exactly light summer reading, it’s actually kind of heavy. This is the story of Margaret Walkers great-grandmother Vyry the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. It’s nearly 500 pages long so it’s quite an undertaking. I hope to get to it soon.

7. Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

This is a definite read this summer. I am scared of this book because it s so hyped in my mind. If I love it then great but, I am so scared it wont live up to the hype and then I will be sad.

6.  A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

I’ve seen the movie but never read the book. I missed out on a lot of these books that came out in the 70’s and 80’s because I was too young to really know about them. Then I ended up seeing all the movies and just forgetting about the books. I am trying to make up for lost book time now.

5. To Be Young, Gifted, And Black By Lorraine Hansberry

There is a movie about Lorraine in the works and I need to read this before that comes out.

4. Emma By Jane Austen

I started reading this about 2 years ago then I moved and lost the book in the process. I will probably read this for Austen in August.

3. 32 Candles By Ernessa T. Carter

On the surface it looks like chick-lit but I have heard it’s got more depth. I can’t find this in any book store near me so I am going to have to order it soon.

2. Half Of A Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is another one about to be made into a movie with Thandie Newton and, Chiwetel Ejiofor so of course I will be watching it. Even if it wasn’t going to be a movie I would want to read it. I have heard so many wonderful things about Adichie that I want to read all of her books.

1. Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove By Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

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OK I had to put the cover cuz it’s so awesome! I am beyond excited about this book. It comes out Tuesday 6/18  and it will literally be the first book I have ever purchased the day it came out.  I love Questlove, I love The Roots . This is Questlove talking about his life, celebrity’s he’s encountered, and general amazingness! I mean it’s Questlove what else would you expect?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish where we are given a topic and then we have to come up with a Top Ten list to go with it. Go over and see what everyone has to say this week.

So this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is

 Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

I broke this one up into categories because what I recommend has to do with what a person is looking for, as much as it has to do with me and my likes.

Series 

If you want  murder mysteries without all the violence,blood and gore

The Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny

This is not quite a cozy but you don’t have to worry about yucky stuff. This is definitely more cerebral I guess is the word than your average book like this. There is a lot going on beyond just the old someone dies and the police come in investigate and brilliantly figure it all out. Gamache is one of my favorite male characters ever, he is just so well written you can’t help but love him.

The Agatha Raisin Series by MC Beaton

This is  a cozy series. It’s fun, funny, sarcastic, and smart. Agatha is not the kind of person anyone would want as a friend in real life but somehow, Beaton makes her so darn likable.  The surrounding characters are also so well written that even though none of them would be particularly likable in real life you find yourself liking them as the series progresses.

Stand Alone books

If you want a creepy, crazy psychological book that messes with your mind

The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell

Well really any of Rendell’s stand alone books will really do it but, this one stands out for some reason. I got so creeped out by this one I thought about it for days afterward.

You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson

I have read a bunch of Patterson but, he got really repetitive, overly violent, and sexually graphic so I stopped. I haven’t read anything by him in about 2 or 3 years. However, this was a bit different from his others and really messed with my mind. I think I screamed out loud at the end.

If you want to uncover deep dark secrets 

The Killers Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Oh man I liked this book. It was so dark and twisted. When I read it I thought I figured out what the secret was but it was so much bigger than I imagined.

To The Power Of Three by Laura Lippman

This is about a group of friends who are all involved in this twisted tragedy. It takes most of the book to unravel it all. Just when I thought I had it figured out they would change the game on me.

If you want historical fiction

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

This was the first Carter book I read and it’s not for the faint of heart.  Carter packs a ton of information into this book and you really need to pay attention to understand what’s going on. It is set during the Harlem Renaissance and that just made the book come alive for me.

If you want to read about issues surrounding race  (non-fiction)

Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write About Race by Marita Golden

This is a book I read years ago when I was taking some sociology classes in college. It really held a lot of meaning for me at the time and I think it still does. The book tackles some serious issues but that’s the point I guess.

Don’t Play In The Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through The Color Complex by Marita Golden

Seriously go read something anything by Marita Golden she is amazing.

Alright that’s all I’ve got this week.

Until Next Time