Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Gardens

For That Artsy Reader Girls Top Ten Tuesday:

This week’s topic was:

April 19: Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

But I’m not big on bookish merchandise. If I’m going to spend money on bookish stuff, I’ll spend it on actual books, thank you! But since it’s spring, and it’s starting to get nice out, I decided to look at gardens. Even though I’m not a gardener (I don’t have the patience for it) I do love a story set in a garden. So here are some favorites:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is a classic garden. Mary goes to live with her uncle on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, but discovers a hidden, abandoned garden. By nurturing it back to life, Mary restores health, both physical and mental, to herself and everyone around her.

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Tom is staying with his aunt and uncle who live in the city with nowhere to play outdoors. But when the clock strikes 13 each night (yes, you read that right) Tom sneaks out of bed and goes to play in a garden that appears only then.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

I remember when I read this, it reminded me of The Secret Garden in a number of ways. That may have been intentional, because The Secret Garden author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, even makes a cameo appearance here.

Garden Spells- Sarah Addison Allen

Claire Waverly has a magical garden behind their North Carolina home, that is the work of generations of Waverly women. The fruits and flowers enhance the lives of those who know how to use them well.

Earthly Joys and Virgin Earth by Phillippa Gregory

These can be read as a duology or as stand alones. The first is about John Tradescant, a royal gardener in the early 17th century. The second follows his son, who travels to Virginia. Father and son have little in common other than a love of making things grow.

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

Eva Ward returns to her Cornwall to spread her sister’s ashes. She discovers that she can slip into the estate’s past. The rose garden serves as a kind of anchor for her travels.

Consider the Lily by Elizabeth Buchan

This is a book I read a lot time ago and liked a lot. It also had some Secret Garden vibes. Gardening once again is a metaphor for the life and health of the characters. I’d like to reread this at some point soon.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

This book consists of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan sitting in Khan’s garden, while Marco Polo describes all of his travels and the places that he’s been.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Don’t Remember Much

For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:

January 23: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

There are a lot of these. Including many whose names and authors I can’t remember! But these I do remember reading and liking:

51cmzm27jl-_ac_us218_1. Replay by Ken Grimwood– This was about a middle-aged man who dies and wakes up one morning and is 18 again. Then he dies again and the same thing happens. So he relives his life in many different ways. Don’t ask me about any of those ways though, because I don’t remember!

 

 

51kqcjspqwl-_ac_us218_2. City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling– I remember that is was about Manhattan when it was still the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.  There were a brother and a sister who somehow ended up as enemies and the feud extended through their descendants. Apparently, it’s the first in a trilogy about historical NYC. I can’t remember if I read the other books.

 

51ujrgneuml-_ac_us218_3. City of Light by Lauren Belfer– I remember how this book ended, though I won’t spoil it here. It’s about the headmistress at a school for girls in upstate NY. There’s a hydroelectric power plant near the school and when someone dies at the plant, it brings up secrets about the headmistress’ past.

 

 

41yuqyv000l-_ac_us218_4. The Circus of the Earth and the Air by Brooke Stevens– A man’s wife volunteers for a magic act at a circus. The magician makes her disappear, but she never reappears. He goes backstage after the show, to try to find her, and no one working at the circus seems to remember her taking part in the act. Don’t ask me what happened to the wife though, because I don’t remember!

 

510o1wih4jl-_ac_us218_5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood– I read this while I was on a Margaret Atwood kick, and while I liked it, it blends in with a lot of the other work I read at that time. But I want to revisit it because Atwood wrote two sequels to it that I’d like to read. It took place in a dystopian future (somewhat familiar ground for Atwood) and was about one of the last humans, Snowman and his involvement with the title characters.

 

41tu5mjgful-_ac_us218_6. Woman at the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy– The main character in this book is in a mental hospital because she thinks she can communicate with someone from the future. It turns out she’s very sane and she can really communicate with the future. I remember there was a point where if she makes one choice the world turns into a utopia. But if she makes the other choice it turns into a dystopia. But that’s about all I remember!

 

51h1fidmd9l-_ac_us218_7. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith– I was obsessed with this for a while when I was in middle school. It was actually two separate books then, and they were later published as a single volume. It was about a fantasy world where a young girl leads a rebellion against a corrupt king. I remember that it went into what happens after the rebellion which was one of the first times I can remember an author going past the “natural” ending point.

 

51jmlaov-el-_ac_us218_8. Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier– I love Juliet Marillier and I remember liking this book. I remember it was about a land that was under the rule of an evil king who had outlawed magic, but the heroine had something magical about her. I think I read this book at the same time that I was reading a lot of the genre and it gets mixed up with some others in my memory.

 

51ft9lt9c-l-_ac_us218_9. Consider the Lily by Elizabeth Buchan– This took place in an English country house between WWI and WWII. I think there was a love story. I remember that I found it reminiscent of The Secret Garden in some way, but I can’t remember how.

 

 

41q3nn-asxl-_ac_us218_10. Devil Water by Anya Seton– Anya Seton wrote some really good historical fiction. This is included in that category, I think. Unfortunately, all I can remember is that it’s about the daughter of a man who was executed for taking part in a Jacobite uprising. I think she goes to America.