December 28, 2010

The Start of the Lists

I love this time of year in the blogging world - so many people putting together so many lists for me to drool over and get more reading ideas. One list that I always look forward to reading is the one one of my favourite journalists, Leigh Sales, on the ABC website recommending her top reads for the year.
Leigh's top 5 fiction reads for this year were:

1. The World Beneath - Cate Kennedy. I loved this one too - my review is here.
2. Brooklyn - Colm Toibin - another one I loved when I read it last year.
3. A Gate at the Stairs - Lorrie Moore - I can't say I have heard anything about this one before now - has anyone read it??
4. The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachmann. Loved this one too!
5. Solar - Ian McEwan - I have started my Ian McEwan phase this year so this one might need to be next on my list from him.


Carol said...

I too loved Brooklyn.
I have just received his new offering The Empty Family for Christmas.


Unknown said...

It looks as though Leigh and I have a very different taste in books. Brooklyn was too slow for me, Solar was very annoying and Gate at the Stairs was like several well written short stories, but it got a bit preachy and the stories didn't combine to make a convincing novel. If you loved the others on her list then you might like GATS so this isn't very good advice. Try it and see!

I haven't read the others, but The Imperfectionists is on my list.

nat @book, line, and sinker said...

i haven't read any of the books on the list but did have a slow reading year when compared to past years. i'm with you, though--i love this time of the year on blogs. wrap-ups are so much fun! happy 2011!

Karen said...

Hi Dizzy - I will have to look out for that new one I think.

Hi Jackie - I'm not a fan of preachy books so I think I will stay away from Gate!

Hi Nat - Happy 2011 to you too! I hope this coming year is a good reading one for you!

Buried In Print said...

This list appeals to me. I'm one of those readers who really admired Lorrie Moore's novel. The others are on my TBR list. Hope you enjoy the ones that you try!