This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a fun one: Grab 10 titles randomly from your shelves, and share your thoughts if you’ve read them. I did a digital version of this, using a random number generator to pick 10 books from my LibraryThing catalog (the bigger the number, the longer I’ve owned the book). Here’s what it came up with, and I must say, it’s a pretty good representative snapshot of my library!
1. Francis Spufford, Light Perpetual (27) — I haven’t read this one yet, but I picked it up at a library sale after loving Spufford’s previous novel, Golden Hill.
2. Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia (612) — I absolutely adore this YA fantasy series set in a world similar to Ancient Greece. This is book #2, and it’s got action and violence and strategy and a really compelling romance. Can’t recommend it highly enough, but you should definitely read book #1, The Thief, first!
3. Robin LaFevers, Grave Mercy (224) — Historical fantasy set in medieval Brittany with killer nuns! What’s not to love?
4. Bud MacFarlane Jr., Pierced by a Sword (795) — This novel was super important for my faith and spiritual development; it’s not an exaggeration to say it changed my life. However, I haven’t read it in years, and I think it is maybe not actually a very good novel? It was just the right book at the right time for me.
5. Mary Balogh, A Counterfeit Proposal / The Notorious Rake (169) — I really like Mary Balogh’s historical romances, particularly her older titles. The Notorious Rake is a favorite; the hero is pretty terrible at first but has a great redemption arc, and the pragmatic, intelligent heroine is a delight.
6. Genevieve Cogman, The Masked City (273) — Haven’t read this one yet, but I bought it after enjoying book #1 in the series, The Invisible Library. Maybe next year I’ll finally get around to continuing with the series!
7. Darcie Wilde, A Useful Woman (164) — I remember liking this historical mystery set in Regency England. I plan to reread it this year and then continue with the series, which I think is up to five or six books now.
8. Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance / The League of Frightened Men (432) — This volume contains the first two Nero Wolfe mystery novels. So far I’ve only read Fer-de-Lance, but I liked it and have been meaning to continue with the series.
9. Susan Conroy, Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love and Secrets of Sanctity (866) — I think someone gave this to me as a gift, and I haven’t read it yet. In fact, it may not even be on my shelves anymore . . . I seem to recall lending it to someone and never getting it back!
10. Connie Willis, Crosstalk (315) — Connie Willis is probably my favorite sci-fi author. I’ve read this book about romance and telepathy twice so far, and I loved it both times!