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My Top 10 Favorite Recent Reads in Honor of World Book Day


It’s World Book Day (or at least according to the U.K.), the day many young children dress up as their favorite book characters and embrace their favorite books. Learn more about it on NPR. While, I won’t be dressing up like any book character, I have decided to honor the day with a a list of a few of my favorites. If you click the links, it will take you to Amazon where you can read the synopses.

My 10 Favorite Reads in recent years (in no particular order).
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel (Vintage International) by Murakami
Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
The Savage Detectives: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño
The History of Love: A Novel by Nicole Krauss
Black Box by Amos Oz
The Book Thief: Enhanced Movie Tie-in Edition by Markus Zusak
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Book 1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Of Love and Shadows: A Novel by Isabel Allende
The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick Rothfuss
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie

My 5 TBR books that I’m most looking forward to reading in the next year:

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St John Mandel
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra
The Bone Clocks: A Novel by David Mitchell

Which books make your lists?

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  1. imabookwormy #

    I hate having to list my top 10 books I mean how do you cut your list down? What about that whole series you adored do you name the first book or leave the series out? What about the books I love depending on my mood?

    OK enough whingeing for today only my top 10 books in no particular order are;

    Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
    The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
    Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
    Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood
    The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood
    East of Eden John Steinbeck
    The Green Mile Stephen King
    Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
    Lost in a Good Book Jasper Fforde
    Day of the Triffids John Wyndham

    And the 5 books I am most excited about reading again on how I feel today only are;

    Ghosts of Heaven Marcus Sedgwick
    The Miniaturist Jessie Burton
    Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey
    Stardust Neil Gaiman
    Will Grayson Will Grayson John Green and David Leuithan


    March 6, 2015
    • I couldn’t pick 10 of my all time favorites so I just listed 10 favorites that I’ve read in recent years so I guess I cheated a little.

      Surprisingly, there are a number of your favorites that I haven’t read. Day of the Triffids is on my TBR along with Gone with the Wind and the two Atwoods. LOVE Rebecca.

      I really liked stardust (one of my favorite of his books, although Neverwhere was my very favorite).


      March 7, 2015
  2. Lynsey #

    I’m a bit behind on reading your blog and just caught this post today. There are a few of Bookworm’s top 10 that are on my tbr so I am glad to know she considers them so highly. And Jen, I am planning on reading a few of the books that are on your tbr so will look forward to comparing thoughts. Waiting for me at the Library is All the Light we cannot See so i’ll be reading that shortly as well as A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Can’t wait!


    March 15, 2015

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