Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

The Topic today is 'books to read in a day'. I will try to go easy on the children's books and the graphic novels, both of which I could easily have chosen many options from.  Head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to link up and to see what everyone else is saying!

1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 525 pages
Although it looks huge, much of the book is illustrations. However, the written story is just as important, and is the perfect blending of the two media. If you've already read this, Selznick does have a newer book out, Thunderstruck, which is also excellent and along the same lines.

2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, 234 pages
She lives it in one day, surely you can read it in one day. I dare you to put this one down - it's too delightful!

3. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff, 97 pages
Letters written during the 1950s and 1960s between and American journalist and the British book store employees. Book lovers unite.

4. The Housekeeper and the Professor, 180 pages
Lots of math, but much more about family, and what it means to make a family.

5. Terry: Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope by Douglas Coupland, 176 pages
A collection of essays by Coupland, and picture collages, that tells the story of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope from the 1980s. Can't read it without crying.

6. Green Angel by Alice Hoffman, 116 pages
This was poetic and charming and reminded me a little bit of Weetzie Bat. The story of a young girl dealing with grief.

7. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
My children's book entry, but it is also perfect for Once Upon a Time as a folklore story. 

8. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, 137 pages
Hilarious essays about aging. Hilarious.

9. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel)
A memoir about life in Iran in 1980, the revolution, for a young girl. Many readers have their first introduction to graphic novels from this series of several books.

10. Henrietta's War by Joyce Dennys, 158 pages
Charming letters written to a soldier to keep his mind off the war and updated about life on the homefront during WW2. It's about the war, but also the plucking attitude needed by those in England.