Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books for Adults

As a teen librarian (and former children's librarian) I don't tend to read many adult books. And I don't often read books that don't keep my attention. If I'm not into it in the first 10-20 pages, so long. Ain't nobody got time for that. There are way too many books on my too-read list to keep reading a book I don't like. So if I finish an adult book, it was (at least to me) worth reading, and I probably liked it.

So, here are ten of my favorite books for adults (not including classics...that's for another post entirely!)

 1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Starring a socially awkward geneticist who may have undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome and his unlikely love interest, a feisty, intelligent female bartender, these fast-paced novels combine humor, romance, and loads of charm.

 2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
3. Room by Emma Donoghue
A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager and has held her prisoner for seven years.

 4. The Three Sisters Island series (and pretty much all of the others)  by Nora Roberts
After a year on the run, Nell Channing feels that she can make a home for herself on Three Sisters Island and, aided by Mia, the proprietor of the Island's small book store and Ripley, the town's assistant sherriff, she finally dares to envision a brighter future.

5. The Parasol Protectorate series and The Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger
When Alexia, a soulless spinster with the ability to negate supernatural powers, accidentally kills a vampire, her life goes from bad to worse when Lord Maccon, a gorgeous werewolf, is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. (Review here)

 6. The Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown
The murder of a world-famous physicist raises fears that the Illuminati are operating again after centuries of silence, and religion professor Robert Langdon is called in to assist with the case.

 7. The Sookie Stackhouse novels (True Blood) by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.

 8. Degree of Guilt by Richard North Patterson
As the trial of a well-known TV journalist accused of murdering a world-famous novelist unfolds, the defendant's claim to innocence becomes increasingly undermined and the shocking truth is slowly revealed.

 9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.

10. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

BONUS - Nonfiction Titles! 

11. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

12. Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry
In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. 14 years later Sarah Koenig started investigating the case turning it into the Peadbody Award-winning podcast Serial with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case. 

1 comment:

  1. Love your lists! Thanks for posting! You make me want to read them all!


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