Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That
I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely bloggers over at
The Broke and the Bookish

I thought this was going to be a difficult topic for me, because many of my favorite books were written more than ten years ago. I'm not the book blogger that has my hands on all the latest releases - or early releases! I often wait until a book's been vetted and has a good chance of standing the test of time. However, once I got started I realized it wasn't as challenging as I first thought. Keeping track of my recent reads on goodreads is coming in mighty handy!

Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi. (my review) I just love well written books that are multilayered and smartly deal with important issues. Yay feminism!

Feminism for Real, Edited by Jessica Yee. (my review) Actually, I hope people won't need to be reading this book in thirty years, but considering the chances are slim, I'm glad to know this little volume is out there, ready to inspire, educate, and challenge its readers.

A Happy Man, Hansjorg Schertenlieb. (my review) The hope for what life could be like, maybe, one day.

A Mercy, Toni Morrison. (my review) A beautifully written novel imagining the birthing pangs of this country, and the lives of some of those who suffered greatly as it was brought into being.

Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck. (my review). I love small books that pack a big punch, and there's so much to discuss in this book about place and time and war.

The Taste of Salt, Martha Southgate. (my review) An update on the everyday American family novel, with characters dealing with their problems and struggles.

The North of God, Steve Stern. (my review) Alternately hilarious and horrifying, it is a tribute to the power and limitation of storytelling.

Never Let Me Go, Kazou Ishiguro. It's like the Twilight Zone of Novels - you know something's not right, but it takes a while to figure out exactly what it is.
Calabash depicting Ezili Danto,
by Andre Pierre. Credit

The Salt Roads, Nalo Hopkinson. (my review) This novel consists of three main narratives that are connected via the experiences of the goddess Ezili. Each story line focuses on a black woman living in a different place and time. 

Out Stealing Horses, Per Peterson. Cold reaches of Norway, an old man returning to his family's summer house, mysterious abandonments to work through - my kind of book. Here's the NY Times review.


Tanya Patrice said...

I haven't read any of these but A Taste of Slat and Mr. Fox are 2 that I hope to get to. Awesome list.

MJ said...

@Tanya Patrice: Thanks! Mr. Fox, in particular, is really, really good! I hope you can get to these soon :-)