Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish hosts a meme inviting book bloggers to post a top ten; anyone can join in and if you don’t have your own blog you can always add your own list in the comments.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I don’t read a lot of YA novels but I keep hearing rave reviews of this one. I’m interested by books which explore mental health issues, and also by epistolary novels, because my new novel is a contemporary take on that form.
2. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
I used to be a bit of a self-help junkie. Those days are gone, but I still like the occasional fix and I really got a lot out of Rubin’s first book, so I’d like to read the follow-up.
3. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
I’m reading a library copy of this at the moment and my urge to underline is overwhelming – I definitely would like my own copy of this as it’s something I’m sure I’ll read again, not to mention lend to lots of people.
4. The Pursuit of Other Interests by Jim Kokoris
5. Love Slave by Jennifer Spiegel
I really want to read both of these and can’t get either at my local library so if Santa doesn’t deliver I’ll have to spend my pocket money on them.
6. My Heart is an Idiot by Davy Rothbart
I read one of Davy Rothbart’s essays in an edition of The Paris Review. It was exuberant and poignant and read like a great short story, so I definitely want more of this action.
7. Mary and O’Neil by Justin Cronin
Like Telegraph Avenue, I borrowed this from the library but I know I’m going to want to read it over and over, so I’ll need it on my shelves permanently.
8. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
After reading John Robbins’ Food Revolution a year or so ago I gave up eating things with faces, but lately I’ve been partaking of the flesh a little, and I need some ammunition to strengthen my resolve to be a better vegetarian.
9. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
10. Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
I’m going to be doing a personal challenge in 2013 to read some neglected contemporary classics. I’ve never read any Tom Wolfe which feels shameful, and though I loved Catcher in the Rye, I’ve never picked up any other Salinger books. So these two are at the top of my list.
What books do you hope to find in your Christmas stocking?