The marching orders from The Broke and the Bookish this week were to write a top ten list of the books I plan to read in 2013.
I refuse to write on this, as it always depresses me when I can’t follow my own rules. Ergo I have come up with my own: the top ten books on my bookshelf right now.
Here’s my bookshelf:
As you can see it has five shelves. Starting from the top I’ll pick two from each shelf and we’ll see what we get. Here we go:
10. Hunting Humans (Elliot Leyton): A terrifying analysis of the modern multiple murderer and serial killer. Right up my alley as a horror/crime author, but also amazingly written and by a fellow scholarly Newfoundlander to boot. That something from home is considered the world’s top must-read for homicide detectives is a very proud thing to me. I secretly hope Elliot Leyton reads my books someday.
9. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Roger Lancelyn Green): Arthurian legend is one of the playgrounds I’d love to play in, but feel unqualified to, especially the grail legend.
8. Standing Tall, A Daughters Gift (Jacqui Tam): This book just makes me cry. I love it, every minute of it, but it’s deeply saddening. It’s a must-read for anyone with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s.
7. The Divine Ryans (Wayne Johnston): A crazy coming-of-age take mixed with Greek legend mixed with a Newfoundland backdrop and Catholic guilt, tradition, and conspiracy. Um… awesome.
6. The Wealthy Barber (David Chilton): This book has the best financial advice I have ever gotten. Shame I suck at following it.
5. Stephen King Goes to the Movies! (Stephen King… Obviously.): All the best Stephen King shorts that were adapted into film under one roof, with notes by the man himself on the stories and the films? Epic.
4. X-Men / Spider-Man: Time’s Arrow Book One: The Past (DeFalco & Castro): Spider-Man and Bishop in the old west. It’s just too perfect not to work. I read this 100 times growing up, and I may yet read it again. It’s a great book.
3. Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast (Peter David): again, an emotionally crippling story centered around comic book characters dealing with the responsibility of parenthood, life, legacy, and science. There’s this scene where Bruce talks about how God gave him an amazing gift for science and he used it to make a bomb, and the the Hulk was his punishment… it’s just moving. It’s an amazing book. I’d recommend it to anyone.
2. Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King): My favorite of the traditional King collections.
1. X-Men: The X-Cutioner’s Song (Marvel): Ellen bought me this for my birthday. I had tried to collect all the chapters as a kid and couldn’t. Reading the whole thing, together, was just a scratch off my bucket list (so to speak). It was great.
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