This may be my favourite Top Ten Tuesday yet. Here are my picks - in no particular order except for number 1.
1. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides. This is one of my favourite books - it is just amazing. I would swoon for this book it is that great. Not only is this marvellously written, it is just such a great story that I am envious that I did not come up with it. This is why Eugenides is one of the great modern writers. This story is so multi-layered that you have to read it with someone so that it can be fully appreciated.
2. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier. This is a lovely book when it comes to the suspense of whether or not the first Mrs de Winter is still alive or not. Definitely a book to be enjoyed with others.
3. All the Harry Potter Books - J.K. Rowling. One has to share the wonders of the Harry Potter universe. And when you have someone that is witnessing it with you it makes it so much greater - than when you are reading alone.
4. Life - Keith Richards - This book is just so much. It has a lot to offer and gives you much to take in at the same time. Having someone that learns as much from this bio as you do can only make you enjoy it more - and let me tell you there are some amazing facts to be gleaned from this one.
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera. This book is very layered - and has so much to consider. You need to read it with a group in order to solve the question that Tomas poses. Einmal ist keinmal. Es muss sein. These are things that one ponders throughout - having others to offer their stance can only improve the reading experience.
6. The Southern Vampire Mystery Books - Charlaine Harris. These books are delectable - just absolutely wonderful. And again - sharing these books with others can only increase your enjoyment of them.
7. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell. Rhett Butler... What more can I say - a lot actually but Rhett Butler, my goodness you can fall in love with him!! This book is marvellous - fiction mixed in with fact just makes it unputdownable. The descriptions and the emotions are so real and then there is Scarlet O'Hara... this book is one I would want to read over and over... well except for the last page...
8. The Orchid House - Lucinda Riley. My review on this one will be out next month so do keep an eye out. The Orchid House - is just an amazing book - with a multi-layered storyline that is just a bit too much at times, but that you just have to go back to to find out how it ends. There are so many climaxes in this book, and so many romances - you have to have someone to talk with about it or you would burst!
9. The Color Purple - Alice Walker. Everytime I read this book it just becomes more amazing. You remember that it is a great book - but exactly how great it is almost starts to fade in your mind - but then its like an explosion of fireworks in your mind - when you read this book. It is so powerful that it would make a wonderful book club pick.
10. The Reader - Bernhardt Schlink. As avid readers we all know how greatly the ability to read has changed our lives. Imagine not being able to read but loving stories - from this stand point you almost understand Hanna better. This would definitely make for good discussions at any book club meetings.
These are my picks. What are yours? I would love to know :)