Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Recommendations


Today I'm taking part in Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and The Bookish. The task is to name the top ten books to recommend to readers. My list is a bit random with mystery, fiction, short stories, classics, and a couple of non-fiction selections included.

For the reader who has never read an Agatha Christie book, I'd recommend Death on the Nile. A cruise on the Nile with an interesting cast of characters, including a glamorous newlywed couple, and a murder solved by Hercule Poirot. What's not to like?

For the reader who has never read one of Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James murder mysteries, I'd recommend Dreaming of the Bones. Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James find themselves embroiled in solving the murder of Kincaid's ex-wife. There are many layers to this story, and something happens that forever changes Duncan Kincaid's life. 

For the reader who has never read a book by Daphne du Maurier, I'd recommend Rebecca, a classic tale of mystery, suspense, murder and love.

For the reader interested in any of Eudora Welty's short stories, I'd recommend A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, a solid collection that illustrates Welty's gift for storytelling, especially "Why I Live at the P.O."

For the reader who has never read anything by British writer Mary Wesley, I'd recommend The Chamomile Lawn. Five cousins holiday together in the summer of 1939. After that summer, things will never be the same. The story tells how World War II changes each of them in wartime England.

For the reader who is interested in a book by Edith Wharton, I'd recommend House of Mirth, about the beautiful but tragic Lily Bart, set against the backdrop of wealthy New York society during the Gilded Age.

For the reader who has never read a book by Virginia Woolf, I'd recommend To the Lighthouse, the story of the Ramsay family and their holidays spent at their vacation home on the Isle of Skye.

For the reader wanting to read the best book adapted to film--this would be a tie between To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Switching gears to non-fiction, for someone interested in a World War I memoir, I'd recommend Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. This is a powerful and compelling memoir about Brittain's experiences as a nurse during the war.

I love classic films and reading about early Hollywood. For someone interested in a book about women in the early days of Hollywood, I'd recommend Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp. This is an excellent book which chronicles the exciting life of screenwriter and Academy Award winner Frances Marion during a time when it was not uncommon for women to write and direct films. Marion was good friends with Mary Pickford and wrote screenplays for several of Pickford's films. 

What books do you recommend?

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