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Great. Another wide open Top Ten Tuesday.
“FREEBIE – your choice!”
Not always a good thing for a non-creative type like myself. Since I just got back from my vacation, I’m going to do Top Ten Books set in California. This is actually going to be pretty difficult for me – the majority of books I read are set in the UK – England and Scotland, primarily.
My goal is to get some new books in my list this week. For a while it felt like Groundhog Day around here, featuring the same books every week. Let’s give it a shot.
So this is my…
[not necessarily] Top Ten [but the ten I could think of, I know I missed some good ones] Books Set in Sunny California
(And yes, I know San Francisco can be quite foggy. But it sure was sunny and hot last week.)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – A Pulitzer Prize winning American classic.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett – I haven’t actually read this one, but I want to. I’ve heard great things.
The Black Dahlia by James Elroy – A bit of a cheat putting it with classics. Yes, this book itself is not a classic, published in 1987. However, it is based on a real unsolved crime from 1947, and has that classic Noir feel.
I’m trying to keep the list fresh this week, but I never miss these two authors. In fact, these were the first two that came to mind when I was thinking about books set in California. Sorry for the repeats.
Kinsey Milhone series by Sue Grafton
Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Another repeat from past lists, but that’s just because this book is. So. Good.
The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby – The last book in her Wine Country Mysteries (sob! I hope she does another one) takes us away from the usual Virginia/D.C setting and out to San Francisco and Napa Valley.
Paper Phoenix: A San Francisco Mystery by Michaela Thompson – A fun mystery set in 1970’s San Francisco.
The Happiest Days of our Lives by Wil Wheaton – I love Wil Wheaton. His writing always moves me – sometimes a laugh, sometimes a tear. Great collection of essays.
Disneywar by James B. Stewart – This book was published at a great time – right when Roy E. Disney resigned from Disney’s board and convinced the shareholders to vote Michael Eisner out and Save Disney. I read Disneywar at the time and found it fascinating.
You know me, I love TV and movies, too. Charmed is a favorite TV show of mine, and it’s set in San Francisco (although it wasn’t really filmed there). But nothing beats this car chase from Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. One of my Dad’s favorites.
What about you? Have a favorite California novel? I bet you do, and it’s probably a beachy one. Based on this list, it would appear I don’t read many novels set at the beach. I guess I should have included Sweet Valley High; I was an 80’s girl and loved to see what Jess and Liz were up to.
Link up to your TTT if you’ve got one, I can’t wait to see what topic you chose for this freebie week!