Books saved my life.
Okay, I can see how this sounds really dramatic. But if you’re a reader then you probably understand what I mean when I say that books saved my life. When the waves of life become tumultuous and overwhelming, books remain. They are a constant source of comfort and transportation. They allow a person to break away from the norm, the mundane, and experience a whole other realm.
This is what makes reading not only exciting for me but also necessary.
Of course, there are other reasons to read if all that other stuff is a little too woo-woo for you. Reading helps improve imagination, memory, focus, and verbal and writing skills, which are helpful life skills for all human people. Most importantly, though, reading allows you to “climb inside someone else’s skin and walk around in it” to understand the nature of a person. Whew. That Atticus Finch was one smart cookie.
Whatever your reason for reading, and whatever your reason for being here, welcome! I’m glad you stopped by! What you’ll find here is many posts on the glamorous lifestyle of reading, book reviews and recommendations, and my ridiculous opinions on characters, plot lines, and overrated books (yes, I’m looking at you, Throne of Glass).
So, let’s get to know each other a little bit. Most of the books on my shelf are fantasy. It’s my favorite genre, hands down. I think the idea of the impossible coexisting alongside reality is what makes my heart sing. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good sci-fi or contemporary story. Because I do. It’s just better if there’s magic involved.
Without further ado, here are a few of my all-time favorites. You can judge me. It’s okay.
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Like so many other people, this series continues to be a source of inspiration and escapism. It’s hope even when the world is dark. Between magic and mythical creatures and broom sports, what else could you want?
These Are The Moments by Jenny Bravo
I have been following Jenny on her blog and twitter for a while. When she came out with this book I gobbled it up like it was the last slice of buttermilk pie. This book is a real heartbreaking and honest look at love and the growth of people.
The Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green
Have yourself a box of tissue and a pint of ice cream ready for when you finish the last book in this trilogy. The writing is phenomenal, the story is tragic and delicious, and there are tons and tons of magic. Just magic all over the place. It’s…magical…
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book gets credit for yanking me out of my reading slump and welcoming me back into the fold of amazing storytelling. It has violence, espionage, and magical creatures. This is the first book in a series and it WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I told you, I’m a sucker for stories with magic. And holy crow, does this story have magic. Be prepared for love and mysticism and, of course, death. Oh, and let’s not forget the family of psychics and the magical forest.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This retelling of the myth of Achilles will literally grow your heart three sizes and then rip it right out of your chest. It has everything! Love. Passion. War. Sacrifice. The writing is beautiful and the characters blew me away. And then I promptly blew my nose into some tissue.
Perhaps I should amend my earlier statement and say that my favorite genre is HEARTACHE. Because really. It is apparently true.
Now it’s your turn. What are some of your all-time favorite books? What do you think of mine?