September 22, 2014

Backlist Revival

Last week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) asked us to list the authors we'd only read once and would like to revisit. I'm a week late, but this is one list I really need to make!

1. Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot)
I think enough time has passed since I read this highly entertaining novel. Now to decide which of her new releases or backlist titles to read next. Any suggestions?

2. John Irving (A Prayer for Owen Meany)
I know, I know! I've read this book twice and loved it just as much the second time around. I've always wanted to try The Cider House Rules and think enough time has passed since I saw the movie.

3. Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone)
I seem to recall someone speaking highly of Verghese's memoir, The Tennis Partner, and have often thought about giving it a try. Cutting for Stone was one of my Top Ten reads in 2011.

4. William Landy (Defending Jacob)
I love a good mystery/thriller and am eager to see if Mission Flats is as entertaining as Defending Jacob.

5. Edward Rutherfurd (Sarum)
It's been almost 20 years since I read Sarum! Rutherfurd's novels are huge, so I really need to be in the mood for something that is going to take me well over a month to read. I have London on my shelf, so I'll probably give that a try.

6. Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain)
Another favorite read. I have the ARC of Stein's new novel on my nightstand, but what I'm really interested in trying is Raven Stole the Moon.

7. Carol Cassella (Oxygen)
I have Gemini on my nightstand and look forward to reading it later this fall.

8. Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave)
Infinite Sea came out this month and I can't wait to return to Cassie's story!!

9. Susan Hill (The Shadow in the Streets)
The Various Haunts of Men is the first in the Simon Serrailler crime novels by Susan Hill. I accidentally read the 5th in the series. Now to go back and start from the very beginning!

10. Wiley Cash (This Dark Road to Mercy)
I tried to listen to A Land More Kind Than Home, but couldn't get interested. However, I fell in love with This Dark Road to Mercy, so I plan to give Cash a second chance. I have the ARC of A Land More Kind Than Home and will give it another try. 

and one more for good measure...

11. Ann-Marie McDonald (The Way the Crow Flies)
I loved this novel, so why has it taken me over seven years to even remember that I wanted to read Fall on Your Knees?! 

See? Lists are a good thing. I can't wait to dive into some of these books this fall.

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  1. I want to read more Liane Moriarty too!

    1. I think I'll start with The Husband's Secret. It's gotten great reviews.

  2. I haven't read Liane Moriarty yet, but plan to get started on her latest book Big Little Lies this weekend on the train to NYC.

    Love John Irving and I've been meaning to check out Abraham Verghese's memoir.

    Sarum was a slog for me (although it was 20 years ago) and I've sworn off Rutherfurd... unless you end up loving London ;-)

    1. Oooh, you'll have to let me know how you like Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I think I'm going to try The Husband's Secret.

      Yes, Sarum was a bit of a slog for me, too. I read it while I was taking some classes at UNL (for fun) and I was pretty busy, so it took me about 6 (yes, SIX!) months to complete. I'm glad I read it though, since it really made my trip to England that much more fun.

  3. And why has it taken me seven years to read As the Crow Flies! I really loved Fall On Your Knees but of course can't remember too much about it now. It was very dark, though.

    I've been meaning to read Cider House Rules for YEARS. My high school boyfriend actually gifted me my copy (in high school). So loved Owen Meany.

    1. Oh, As the Crow Flies is really, really good. Dark and disturbing, but a great read. Get to it, woman!

      Hmmm, maybe we should have a buddy read with Cider House Rules later this winter. February? We could drink hot cider as we read. ;)

  4. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is the only one of hers that I've read, but it made me want to read more.

    1. Good to know, Janet. I'm going to read that one next!


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