- Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link. This is a wild collection of nine short stories that will wake up your imagination. One of my favorites is “The Faery Handbag,” in which a teenager’s grandmother carries a whole village in her purse.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen. This story speaks to me of second chances, which is what we all need during a reading slump.
- Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I’ve read this book many times. King Arthur tales seem to have a grip on our hearts and minds. This feminist retelling appeals to me more than some of the typical accounts.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This book never fails to kindle my imagination. When I start it, I have a hard time putting it down.
- The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. This series is so darned much fun. The leading character is a strong–if souless woman. She’s attacked by vampires, wooed by a werewolf, wears marvelous clothes and carries a most impressive parasol.
- Slouch Witch by Helen Harper. Ok, so, this is probably not of the same caliber as some of the others listed here, but it made me laugh. A lot. It’s a fun urban fantasy. The heroine is just about the laziest person alive–finally, an anti-heroine I can relate to!
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This is such a charming, but painful, expose on what it was like for Mr. Alexie to grow up torn between two worlds. The narrator’s voice is so frank and intimate–it’s impossible not to be drawn in.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. This is one of the most imaginative, high-adventure, coming-of-age adventure tales ever. What’s not to love?
- Georgette Heyer. There’s nothing more comforting to me than settling down with a charming regency romance–especially one that is meticulously researched and full of wit and charm. According to Abe Books, Georgette Heyer’s novels have out sold J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens and James Patterson throughout the company’s history. I’d recommend starting with The Grand Sophy.
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This is an epic historical romance. Great costumes, swoon-worthy heros…just what the reading slump doctor would order.
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.
This week’s topic is Ten Books to Pull You out of a Reading Slump