TBR Chronicles #12

A Pale View of Hills ishiguro

I recently finished The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro which I enjoyed so I’ve added to my TBR list his first novel A Pale View of Hills which I hope to be an equally good read filled with his beautiful writing and keen insights.

Originals How Non Conformists Move the World adam grant

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant was published this month and it looks to be a very interesting read.  Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favourite authors, wrote: “Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.”  Obviously, I am now sold on reading this book.

Wired to Create_ Unraveling the Mysteries - Scott Barry Kaufman

Another non fiction book which caught my eye is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire.  I have enjoyed reading about creativity recently and GoodReads describes the book as being “Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people.” I’m intrigued.

Among the Missing - Dan Chaon

I confess I haven’t read very many short story collections but this book comes recommended by Austin Kleon (author of Steal like an Artist & Show Your Work).  Among the Missing by Dan Chaon sounds very interesting and is highly rated on GoodReads as well as being  a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction in 2001 so I figured I’d give it a go.

The Man Without a Shadow_ A Novel - Joyce Carol Oates

The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates was published in January this year and as her latest novel I was naturally interested in it.  It turns out that this new novel is about a neuroscientist and an amnesiac who cannot remember anything beyond 70 seconds.  I’m quite excited to read this one.

The Dust of Promises by Ahlem Mosteghanemi

My final addition to February’s TBR is a fiction novel to be published in April.  The Dust of Promises by Ahlem Mosteghanemi and translated by Nancy Roberts has been earmarked as eligible for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.  Set in Algeria the GoodReads blurb describes it as “A poignant tale of secret lovers brought together and pulled apart as they navigate Algeria’s changing political landscape–from the heady, bright peaks of independence to the dark depths of corruption and disillusionment–this is a sweeping epic and an arresting ode to a once-great country.” 



Authors’ Top Ten Books

I found my way to toptenbooks and was happily surprised to find that J Peder Zane, editor of The Top Ten – Writers Pick their Favourite Books, has posted the top ten favourite books of a large selection of authors.  I particularly like to see what authors are reading and which books are their favourites.  This is a good way to find new authors to read.

For your enjoyment I have included only a small collection of authors’ favourite books – for the rest of the list go over to the toptenbooks website.  I found that some of my favourite books are on Jodi Picoult’s list; Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a book I treasure and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger is by far the most beautiful, realistic and well written love story.


Top Ten List for Michael Connelly

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Day of the Locusts by Nathanael West
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  5. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  7. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  9. The Public Burning by Robert Coover
  10. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain


Top Ten List for Alice Hoffman

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. The Stories of Grace Paley by Grace Paley
  9. Fahrenheit 451 by Raymond Bradbury
  10. Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm


Top Ten List for Stephen King

  1. The Golden Argosy by Van H. Cartmell & Charles Grayson, editors
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  4. McTeague by Frnk Norris
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  6. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  7. 1984 by George Orwell
  8. The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
  9. Light in August by William Faulkner
  10. Blood Merdian by Cormac McCarthy


Top Ten List for Joyce Carol Oates

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  4. The Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  5. The Stories of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka
  6. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  7. The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
  8. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
  9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


Top Ten List for Jodi Picoult

  1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  5. Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman
  6. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger
  8. The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


If you enjoyed these few lists then you might very well want to buy the book The Top Ten edited by J Peder Zane in which case follow the link: http://www.toptenbooks.net/buy.html