Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie – which means we get to pick – which means you may be in trouble. I do appreciate That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting this and keeping it going. I have enjoyed writing my lists and reading others in the time I have been participating.
So I couldn’t think of what to write about, I was going through my Goodreads account, I have been on Goodreads for 7 years. So I took my read list from 2014 to 2021 and I made a list of 10 books I’d like to reread in 2022.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – “He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”
I have been talking about this one a lot, and have had it mentioned by some other readers. I think it is time to refresh my memory on Eleanor and Park.
One of my favorite lines comes from this book: “She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.“
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – “I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”
This was one of the first books I read in book club and then we went to watch the movie. While others did not like the book, I found it intriguing and it has been a while since I have visited it. I want to read it again, and then watch the movie again.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – “That was his dream, daring and magnificent: to go there, half across the world, and solve the mysteries for himself. It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?”
I want to get caught up in Lazlo Strange’s world again, I want to see the mysteries as he does, and help him solve them.
“Beautiful and full of monsters, she’d said. All the best stories are.“
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – “Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.“
You can’t get wrapped up in Lazlo’s world and not fall straight into Sarai’s story and wrapping it all up with a giant bow. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I was going to like these stories the first time I read them but I feel in love with the characters and got engrossed in their world.
“Skathis might have been an artist, but he’d been a vile one. Strange the dreamer was an artist, too, and he was the antidote to vile.“
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows – “Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”
Such a fun and quirky book, I remember laughing till my cheeks hurt while reading this. And right now, I think we could all use a little humor in our lives.
“Dearest Jane, Sorry I made you marry a horse. Your father-in-law is trying to kill me. Send help.”
The Chosen: 40 Days with Jesus by Amanda Jenkins, Kristen Hendricks, Dallas Jenkins – Each of the forty devotions in The Chosen contains a Scripture, a unique look into a Gospel story, suggestions for prayer, and questions that lead you further in your relationship with Christ. See Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him best, and explore the backstories of people like Mary Magdalene, Peter, Matthew, Nicodemus, and more.
This is a good companion to the show The Chosen, which I highly recommend.
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows – “For everyone who’s ever fallen for the wrong person, even though we agree that Mr. Darcy looks good on paper … and in a wet shirt. And for England (again). We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your literature.”
Just like My Lady Jane this books is fun and quirky, and will have you laughing from start to finish. There are a lot of good one-liners and gotchas, and while not the squeal to the first book it is part of series called The Lady Janies.
“There was a story there. She could feel it in her bones. Something that perhaps she could work into Very First Novel about Miss Jane Frere.”
Circe by Madeline Miller – “I thought: I cannot bear this world a moment longer. Then, child, make another.”
A twist on the story of Circe and Greek mythology, filled with a lot of adventure and understanding; and a woman who finds herself despite the world trying to push her down.
“The thought was this: that all my life had been murk and depths, but I was not a part of that dark water. I was a creature within it.”
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy J. Keller – Using the Bible as his guide, coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.
I learned a lot the first time I read this book, and I am hoping to relearn those things as well as new things in rereading it. This book can be applied to all relationships in your life, not just marriage.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – “We are all part of some great cycle, some pattern that it was only God’s purpose to understand.”
Another one read early on in my book club, and we again read it and then went to watch the movie. I remember this book being enthralling as well as heart wrenching. But it has been a long time since I read it, and I am looking forward to reading it again.
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”