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Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share ten books too good to review properly this week (A topic suggested by Dedra at A Book Wanderer). That topic didn’t really speak to me, since it felt like I would just end up listing my favorite books again. I veered just a bit off topic and decided to list ten excellent books that I’ve never mentioned on my blog. I took a four-year break from 2016 to 2020 so there are plenty to choose from. I’ve covered some of those missing years on these posts: Ten Fiction Books I Never Reviewed and Ten Nonfiction Books I Never Reviewed. But here’s today’s batch!
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, translated by Henning Koch–Really, can you go wrong with Backman?
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan–I tend to like picaresque(ish) novels, no matter how improbable they might be, and this fit the bill.
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy #1) by Cormac McCarthy–I keep saying that I’m not really a fan of Westerns but I keep finding Westerns that I like. I guess I like the more literary branch of the genre. This is dark, befitting McCarthy’s reputation, but so good.
The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) by Daniel O’Malley, read by Susan Duerden–This fantasy novel is straight-up weird and the reader starts out even more lost than the main character. But it’s tons of fun to see everything come together and start to make sense.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, read by the author–If you need motivation to take on a creative project, Gilbert is here to cheer you on in your endeavors.
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana (Zippy #1) by Haven Kimmel, read by the author–I laughed until I cried in this childhood memoir. There’s some dysfunction in this family, but probably no more than most. As a storyteller at heart, it was nice to just to listen and appreciate someone’s funny stories.
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg–Speaking of storytellers…. I know there’s some controversy around Rick Bragg as a journalist, but I just have to love his books. I relate to them and love the way he represents Southerners with our warts, quirks, and good qualities.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams–How can you not want to hear this conversation? I loved the insight into the core beliefs of two such iconic men–and their playful banter.
Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina #1) by Robert Beatty, read by Cassandra Campbell–Heather mentioned the third book in this series last week and reminded me how much I enjoyed the first one. Serafina is a child growing up on the Biltmore Estate, where her dad works, in Asheville, NC. My permanent home is in Asheville and I’ve spent a lot of time visiting the Estate. I love reading books set in my area. This is a fun beginning to a series that I need to continue.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton #1) by R.L. LaFevers–Theodosia is another smart, likeable heroine but her adventures have an Egyptian theme. In fact, I read this when my husband and I were getting ready to go on vacation in Egypt in 2018. I’ve read the first two books and plan to continue the series.
That’s my list! Have you read any of these? Which books did/would you choose? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!