Books, Books, Too Many Books

If you know me at all, you know that books are kinda my thing. I’m an avid reader and a passionate collector. I read quickly and frequently and have been known to get so lost in a book that calling my name multiple times won’t even garner my attention. I’m far too involved in whatever world I’ve traveled to.

It was suggested to me today that I write about my favorite book. Like I could pick just one. That’s impossible. I will, however, highlight a few of my favorites.

Jacqueline Carey is an amazing author and her series starting with Kushiel’s Dart is remarkable. It’s definitely sexual, so it would be a no go if you’re a prude, but the storyline is brilliant. The writing is flawless. The heroine is a strong, sensual woman who can fight her own battles. I highly recommend the series; there are 9 books in 3 trilogies that are all set in the same universe. She has also written another series, Santa Olivia, that I’ve read the first of (there are 2 so far) and it was remarkable. Another new series, Agents Of Hel, is  series I haven’t started yet, but am itching to do so. (You’ll notice that my to-be-read list is ridiculously long right now.)

The Fault In Our Stars. Oh, how I gush about this book by John Green. Not only is John Green just a brilliant dude all around, but his writing is stunning. He writes genius young adult novels with smart teen main characters. The Fault In Our Stars is one of those books that I picked up and knew that it was going to make me cry, but I could not have anticipated the level of emotion that John Green was able to evoke. The rest of his books are great, too, but it is my humble opinion that this is the best one.

Kim Harrison writes a really great series called The Hollows. The series starts out as pretty standard, slightly humorous, paranormal urban fantasy, but by its current book it’s really quite dark. The plot line never falters and the main character’s arc is just brilliant to read. Each book is one that I dread finishing because I know that I’ll have to wait a year for the next. I believe the series within a few books of finishing (if not just one more) and I’m dreading it! I’m not ready to leave The Hollows!

The Dragon & The Unicorn by A.A. Attanasio is a book that I am long overdue to reread.  It’s an amazing retelling of the story of Merlin and Arthur. This book is weighty and definitely requires your full attention – it’s not a book that you read where there are a lot of distractions.

Motherless Daughters is a book that I don’t talk about a lot when I refer to my favorites, but I really shouldn’t forget it. It is exactly what it sounds like. It is a nonfiction study of girls and women who have become motherless.

A few other favorites: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (and Gruen’s other books as well), anything by Jennifer Crusie (Welcome To Temptation is probably my favorite), anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (I like her more recent, better than her previous works, but they’re all quite good), the Insurgent series by Veronica Roth… ah, there are so many good books out there. I know that I’m forgetting many, probably some that even rank top 10, I just can’t even think of them all.

I had to laugh last night as I looked around my bedroom where all you can see is books. I can’t imagine a house without books in it. I can’t imagine a room without bright book jackets and stories within arms reach. I will never be the type of person who has read everything in their home before going out to buy a new book. I love to be surrounded by choices – even when, like right now, those choices are so overwhelming! There is SO much that I want to read right now that I can’t even begin to fathom how I’m going to decide which book to start next and I’m not even halfway through my current read….

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