Guest Post: Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books on Camey's Summer TBR List

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish. Since I posted My Top Ten Books In My Backpack a couple of weeks ago, I asked my good friend, Camey, to write a guest post about her summer reading list.


I’m just going to start out by being vulnerable. (I’ve been working on that lately.)  Coming up with 10 books to read was a stretch. I’m currently working on my masters and could come up with a separate post called “Top 10 Leadership and Curriculum Books for the Summer”. Unfortunately, those will trump the below list, but I can dream, can’t I?

Great list, Camey! Thanks for posting!

The Classics Spin #3

From The Classics Club:

It’s time for another Classics Spin for any who are interested. What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, Aug 19, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list – in a separate post.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in August & September. (Details follow.) So, try to challenge yourself.

Below is my list.

  1. The Shining by Stephen King
  2. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
  3. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
  4. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  5. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  6. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  7. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  8. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  9. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
  10. They Shoot Horses Don't They by Horace McCoy
  11. The Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  12. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  13. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  14. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
  15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  16. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  17. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  18. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  19. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  20. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Why not add 20 from my Non-Fiction Challenge List, too?

  1. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
  2. Storm of Steel
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  5. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  6. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  7. The Best and the Brightest by David Halbersham
  8. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - by Dee Brown
  9. The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  10. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  11. A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  12. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L Shirer
  13. The Executioner's Song by Normal Mailer
  14. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  15. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
  16. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  17. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
  18. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  19. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  20. The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

A list about failing and not having the will to try. Awesome!

Top Ten Tuesday is an online meme created by The Broke and the Bookish – check out their blog for some great book reviews and recommendations! Today’s list is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimidated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc).

1. Moby Dick - I've tried to read Moby Dick and failed. I tried to listen to Moby Dick and failed. If I thought there was a decent screen adaptation of it I would watch it, but I'm afraid there isn't. The truth of the matter is, I only want to read it because I feel like I should.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - If I didn't know the ending, I might be more apt to pick it up.

3. Le Miserables by Victor Hugo - another book I started and stopped.

4. Blindness - Stream of conscious. Need I say more?

5. Cloud Atlas - Moves back and forth in time.

6. Love in the Time of Cholera - I'm not sure why this is intimidating, but it's been on my bookshelf for a few years and I keep passing it by.

6. Blood Meridian - I've heard how difficult McCarthy is to read too many times to not be intimidated.

7. Bleak House by Charles Dickens - long and about a legal case. I'm falling asleep typing that. Plus, the British mini-series from a few years back was awesome.

8. Vanity Fair - again, length.

9. Anything else by Faulkner - it was a struggle enough to get through The Sound and the Fury.

10. Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote - I really, really want to read this but geez. It's almost 3000 pages long. I probably should have started it when the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War started back in 2011. Now I'm mad I didn't think of that sooner.