Top Ten Tuesday: August 25

Original Top Ten Tuesday concept from The Broke and the Bookish.


I really, really like this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list. I’ve had daydreams about teaching classes revolving around my favorite books and topics, though I am not in any way cut out to be a teacher. Top Ten Books on My Syllabus If I Taught [SUBJECT] 101 is the generic prompt, and my subject of choice is “How to Write about Reading 101":


The History of Reading by Alberto Manguel


Great Books by David Denby


My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead


How to Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis


What We See When We Read by Daniel Mendelsund


A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz


Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman


On Writing by Stephen King


How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster


Madame Bovary’s Ovaries by David Barash


Some of these are bibliomemoir and some are more technical, but they've all given me new perspectives on what reading really is, how it works, and why we do it. Writing about reading is difficult- as everyone here knows, since we all do it here all the time- and these books have captured something about it that often gets lost in translation.