Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is books too good to review properly. I only have five to talk about this week, but let’s get into them.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
This is one of my top three favourite books of all-time and I’ve just never managed to put into words why I love it so much. There’s just something about this book that is extremely beautiful and heartbreaking and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a book to make you ugly sob.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
If you’ve been here before, you probably know that I love Agatha Christie. She’s one of my favourite authors and the one I’ve read the most amount of books from. This is among my favourites of hers—I can remember the moment all is revealed and how shocked I was by it.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
I always find it hard to talk about books like this one—it’s such a personal story and how do you talk about something like that? If you don’t know, this book details Didion’s grief after her husband’s very sudden passing alongside her daughter’s ill health. I read this not long after my mum’s passing and it really helped me with the grief and pain I was dealing with.
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Again, this is an extremely personal book but it’s also beautifully written and cuts you straight to the bone. It’s so hard to explain how incredible this book is. I would highly recommend it, but also want to throw out a big trigger warning for abusive relationships and a whole host of other things.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Bit of an unpopular opinion, but Persuasion is my favourite Austen. I can see a lot of myself in Anne Elliot and there’s just something about Wentworth that I love more than any of Austen’s other heroes, apart from Mr Tilney.
And that’s it for today. I’d love to hear whether you’ve read any of these and your thoughts on them!