April 29, 2014

Ten Top, Five-Star Books On My Goodreads List

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! (It's funny how those Tuesdays just keep coming around, isn't it?) This week, in case you're in the market for your next good read, I thought I'd share with you a few of the books I have really enjoyed in years past. So I hopped on over to Goodreads and sorted the books on my "Read" list by rating. Then I just (pretty randomly) selected ten of the books I gave a 5-star rating. I read the books on the list below sometime in the last ten, maybe fifteen, years-- only one of them in the last year. Nevertheless, good reads.

Hopefully you'll find something on this list that you haven't yet read and peaks your interest. Hopefully I'm about to give you your next good read. :-)

So here they are, a random selection of ten of my 5-star-rated Goodreads books, in no particular order...

Ten Top, Five-Star Books On My Goodreads List
10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
9. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
8. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
7. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
6. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
2. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
1. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides

I had so many more 5-star books on the list. Books that I remember reading and feeling passionately about when I finished them. Books that I loved. Books that somehow found me at exactly the right moment in life and spoke to me.

Like, I remember reading the last pages of Thrity Umrigar's book The Weight of Heaven while sitting in our sunroom a few years ago and being so moved that I googled her, found her website, and sent her an email to tell her how much I loved her book (something I never do!). I was so geeked when she actually emailed me back to thank me for my kind words. Turns out she taught at a nearby university in Cleveland.

I remember reading Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone in one day...back when I was young and lived with my parents and could do things like give an entire day to a book! I remember being mesmerized by the characters in Chris Bohjalian's Trans-Sister Radio and John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany.

The list goes on and on. And I find myself sitting here at my kitchen counter feeling so grateful to all of the authors out there--the ones mentioned here and those not--for pouring their time and thought and heart and soul into these amazing stories that gave me so much.

If you'd like to see other books I've loved, please link-up with me on https://www.goodreads.com/. And please, please, please share with me some of the books that you have loved.

Until next time, happy reading!

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