Top Ten Books I Look Forward to Reading

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This Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish have designated Top Ten Tuesday as a choose-your-own-topic kind of day. For those just joining us, TTT is a blogging meme of book top ten lists hosted by TBATB each Tuesday. And I’m in the mood to look forward, to a point at which I’m done with comps and dissertating and can read something new. So this week, the Monster brings you the Top 10 Books I’m Excited to Read After Comps.

1. Sandman, Neil Gaiman. I’ve been meaning to read these for, quite literally, years. I feel my geek cred suffers by not having read them, and, well, I just love Gaiman anyway.
2. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. I’ve heard very, very good things about the book, which is still pretty new.
3.ย A Song of Ice and Fire. I read the first one ages ago, but I didn’t have time to finish them, as I was in the midst of classes and school. And I still have this thing about reading a series before the author is finished—especially when it takes 5+ years to get another book out.
4. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt. I keep hearing about this book, and I can’t wait to read it.
5. The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman et. al. Another series that I just haven’t had time for all of yet, and I love the show, so I can’t wait to see what the comics are actually like.
6. Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins. I love Tom Robbins, and I’ve read most of his work. I haven’t however, gotten to read this one, and it’s one I’ve heard very good things about.
7. She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, Jennifer Finney Boylan. The story of James, now Jennifer, as she transitions. A memoir…And I love memoirs.
8. Maus, Art Spiegleman. I’ve heard so many good things about these books, and I’m glad that someone recommended them to me. I’m interested to see how the format works with the story.
9. Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It, David M. Ewalt. This just sounds like a fun read, and especially given the heaviness of some of the other things on the list, it’ll be a nice change of pace. Geek studies, for the win!
10. Everything by Helen Oyeyemi. After hearing her speak about fairy tales, I just can’t wait.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to both of those. I am, sadly, behind on my graphic novel and comic book knowledge.

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  1. I read Masters of Doom, a book about the creation of Doom and Quake (a great read) and they creators talked about the importance od D+D in their development as game designers so based on that I now have Of Dice and Men in my to read list. I had to give up on Martin after reading the first four books. He seems to have a bad case of OCD and continually introduces new characters who’s stories don’t seem to go anywhere while the characters I have been invested in are ignored for long periods.

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    1. Oh, Masters of Doom sounds like a good read! I came across Of Dice and Men doing some research one day, and it’s something I can’t wait to get a chance to read.

      I enjoyed the first of the GoT books. At this point I’m mostly curious because of the show; I’d like to compare some of what happens.

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    1. Oh, I loved Sacre Bleu! Christopher Moore is perhaps my favorite humor writer right now. Lamb is one of my all-time favorite books, as is A Dirty Job.

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      1. I’ve read most of what Robbins has written, but no, haven’t gotten to Skinny Legs and All or B is for Beer yet. Looking forward to them both.

        Jitterbug Perfume is the best I’ve read so far, though I also love Still Life with Woodpecker—it’s pretty close to being the best.

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        1. Haven’t read a ton of his stuff, but I liked Jitterbug Perfume, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

          Skinny Legs and All was my introduction to him, and it’s on my top 20 late 20th Century American novels, at the very least.

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        2. Still Life with Woodpecker is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. It was the first Robbins I read, and there were sentences that just took my breath away. I picked it up the same summer I picked up Christopher Moore’s Lamb. That was a good summer of reading.

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  2. I’m on a Donna Tartt roll. I’m currently reading “The Little Friend”. “The Goldfinch” will be my next read of hers but probably not my next book. I also want to read “Sandman” – have heard good things.

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    1. I do love the show, and that’s one of the main reasons I want to read the graphic novels–even though I know they’re quite different.

      And Boy, Snow, Bird was the book I heard her discussing as she was talking about the power of fairy tales. I went and looked her up, as I’d not heard of her work before, and I can’t wait to dive into it.

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