Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Here’s how it works: Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic for each Tuesday. If you check this link, you’ll find she’s assigned topics for several future weeks so you can plan ahead. She adds, “create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list . . . Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you!”
Each week Jana posts a Linky on her blog where you can (if you want) share a link to your post and check out other bloggers’ posts.
This week’s suggested topic for Top Ten Tuesday is: Cozy Reads (Share books that give off a cozy vibe, whether through atmosphere, setting, or some other factor.)
I can’t remember the last cozy book I read. Therefore, I’m doubling up here on a topic that’s going on over on Mastodon for readers and book bloggers to get to know each other. Here’s my list of 7 books to introduce myself.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is the book I reread whenever I need to restore my faith in humanity.
2. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (scroll down to #2)
I remember this (read in about 8th or 9th grade) as the first book in which I recognized the power of well written fiction.
3. Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
This deep novel reminded me of the difference between philosophizing about life and actually living it.
4. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (scroll down to #4)
A poignant novel that came out during my older adulthood, when I could appreciate it’s long-life perspective.
5. Possession by A.S. Byatt
Another complex novel that satisfyingly rewards a close, careful reading.
6. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
This is one of the first memoirs I read when I began studying life stories. It’s a powerful story of a woman discovering her place in the world.
7. Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark
Published this past summer (2022), this piercingly insightful novel narrates the lives of two women, life-long friends, well into their 80s.
© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown