#TopTenTuesday Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them To Me. Since pretty much every book I’ve read in the past few years, that is in my TBR pile or on my wishlist is the result of reading reviews by book bloggers whose opinions I rate, I could have constructed a list based on just those. In fact, several dozen lists.

However, I’ve decided to focus on my other main source of recommendations, namely books nominated for literary prizes. In particular The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, whose annual longlists have introduced me to many fabulous books and authors of which I might not otherwise have been aware. Here are just a few…

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker (Shortlist, 2017)
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift (Shortlist, 2017)
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Shortlist, 2017)
Grace by Paul Lynch (Shortlist, 2018)
The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath (Shortlist, 2018)


The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Winner, 2018)
The Wanderers by Tim Pears (Longlist, 2019)
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor (Shortlist, 2020)
The Offing by Benjamin Myers (Longlist, 2020)
The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey (Winner, 2020)

#TopTenTuesday Long Book Titles


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Super Long Book Titles. As is my custom, I decided to go off at a bit of a tangent so my list contains five book titles that suggest distance and five whose full titles may be longer than commonly thought.

A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey
Five Hundred Mile Walkies by Mark Wallington
The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson
From Here To Eternity by James Jones
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

  • The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account) by Charles Dickens
  • The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club by Charles Dickens
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
  • Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe