Top Ten Tuesday (#29): Top Ten Books I recommend the most

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week the theme is Top Ten Books I recommend the most.

Since I predominantly read fantasy, unsurprisingly that’s what I tend to recommend. I’ve tried to include a few others as well though, since I don’t recommend fantasy to EVERYONE…..

Epic Fantasy
1. A Game of Thrones – If you can get into it, it’ll be worth it. This sat on my shelf barely touched until one day I just decided I’d keep going with it and hope it picked up…by the end of the day I was hooked!

2. Pawn of Prophecy – This and Dragons of Autumn Twilight (#4), are the books that got me into fantasy as a kid and they still make great re-reads.

3. Assassin’s Apprentice OR The Dragon Keeper – These are both great, so just pick whichever plot appeals to you most, as the series don’t link in enough to really matter which you read first.

4. Dragons of Autumn Twilight

               


YA
5. Delirium – This one has to go on the list, for me, because it’s just such an interesting premise!

6. Divergent

7. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors, particularly because of her characters. Poison Study is where it all starts, and it’s deinitely worth giving a go.

8. Always & Forever – Controversial opinion time: this is sort of what I expected from The Fault in Our stars. It’s heartbreakingly sad, beautifully written and has some great characters.

           


Historical Fiction
9. Wolf of the Plains – I’m not a big reader of historical fiction, and I knew nothing whatsoever about Genghis Khan when I picked this up. My dad kept raving about it, so I started it to shut him up, fully expecting it to be dry and boring. Turns out, it’s actually an excellent book, and I’ve been following the whole series since.


Paranormal

10. Bitten – A feisty journalist, who just so happens to be the only female werewolf, Elena is pretty much what makes this book for me. Elena is a kick-ass heroine, and her sarcasm, the dramatic plot, and Clay, make this a book I keep coming back to.




What’s on your list of most recommended? And does anyone else desperately want that cover of A Game of Thrones/Assassin’s Apprentice?!

30 Days of books: Days 3 & 4

Day 3: Your Favourite Series

I struggled with this since I have a few “go-to” series, that I tend to always come back to.  I eventually narrowed it down to Harry Potter vs The Belgariad– although they’re both fantasy, and both coming-of-age stories they’re drastically different series, and I do love both!  I eventually decided on the Belgariad, because I think I love each of those books individually (and all the associated ones) as well as the series as a whole, whereas I enjoy some Harry Potter books significantly more than others.

So, final answer: The Belgariad, David Eddings.

Day 4: Favourite Book of Your Favourite Series

I think my favourite book of the series would have to be Castle Of Wizardry – we see quite a lot of Silk, Ce’Nedra grows up a bit and really comes into her own and….I can’t say anything more without giving away spoilers!

As a cheat, I’ll also say that if I had chosen Harry Potter as my favourite series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would be my favourite!

30 Days of books: Days 1 & 2

No one seems to know where the 30 Days of Books really originated, but I first found it on Biblioteca.  I’ll be answering a few questions at a time in each post so as to avoid clogging the whole page with responses.  Here’s Day 1 & 2.


Day 1: The best book you read last year

I struggled with this at first, since I read a lot of great books – and I wasn’t helped by the fact I didn’t record any of my reading choices last year!

Although I loved both The Hunger Games trilogy and A Clash of Kings (once I got into it!) I think my favourite would have to be Dragon Keeper.

 

Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

I admit it – I have no objections to re-reading, and do it alot! I re-read when I’m likely to be interrupted a lot, like on a plane journey, or when I’m feeling crappy and want a comfort read, or when I’m bored and too broke to buy any more…you get the idea.  So there are a lot of books I’ve read more than three times! A few examples:

Top Ten Tuesday: If you liked… you might enjoy….

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers.  This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books For People Who Like X Book”.

I didn’t want to pick just one book, because what fun is that as a reader if you happened to hate it? Or have never heard of it?!  Instead, I’ve picked a few different books and offered readalikes for each.

Each link is to the first book of the series, and all descriptions are from Goodreads.com.

If you liked….

You might like
1.The Uglies Quartet: Uglies / Pretties / Specials / Extras by Scott Westerfield
Tally can’t wait to turn sixteen and become Pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from a repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time.

In just a few weeks, Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend, Shay, isn’t sure she wants to be Pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world – and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worse choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

2. The Divergent Trilogy: Divergent / Insurgent / TBR by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

3. The Delirium Trilogy: Delirium / Pandemonium / Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.


If you liked….

You might like
1.Wizard’s First Rule: Sword of Truth #1 by Terry Goodkind
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them–for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword–to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

2. The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin’s Apprentice / Royal Assassin / Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribbing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

3.The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy / Queen of Sorcery / Magician’s Gambit / Castle of Wizardry / Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings
Long ago, so the storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion over all and drove the world to war. Now the one talisman keeping this sinister force from seizing power has been disturbed—and no one will be safe. . . .

Raised on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, Garion spends his days lounging in his aunt’s warm kitchen and playing in the surrounding fields with his friends. He has never believed in magic, despite the presence of a cloaked, shadowless stranger who has haunted him from a distance for years. But one afternoon, the wise storyteller Wolf appears and urges Garion and his aunt to leave the farm that very night. Without understanding why, Garion is whisked away from the only home he has ever known—and thrown into dark and unfamiliar lands.

Thus begins an extraordinary quest to stop a reawakened evil from devouring all that is good. It is a journey that will lead Garion to discover his heritage and his future. For the magic that once seemed impossible to Garion is now his destiny.

If you liked….

You might like
1.The Study Trilogy: Poison Study / Magic Study / Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

2. Bitten: The Women of the Otherworld Series #1 by Kelley Armstrong
Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She’s also a werewolf.

Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.

3. Dead Until Dark: The Southern Vampire Mysteries (a.k.a. True Blood novels) #1 by Charlaine Harris – Please look past the POOR goodreads description!
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out…. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

If you liked….

You might like
1.The Penelopiad: by Margaret Atwood
In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope–wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy–is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumors, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and–curiously–twelve of her maids.

In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids, asking: “What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?” In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the story-telling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality–and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.


TGIF & Feature & Follow (#1)

As a new blogger, I’m constantly finding more blogs that I like.  Blog hops &weekly features seem like a great way to meet new people, so I’m going to give two a go this week and see how it goes!  Both the features I’ve picked run today (which means if you hate them, you only have to skip one post!) and feature a book-ish question to answer.

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted at Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.  The idea is that two blogs are featured every week, and it allows book bloggers to meet more like-minded individuals.

The question this week is:

Q: Birthday Wishes — Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??

I would love for it to be Silk (Prince Kheldar) out of the Belgariad series by David Eddings.  He’s an amazing character, and I imagine it could result in a hilarious birthday – he’d end up convincing everyone to indulge in something fun but probably immoral.

“I thought you said you were the one in charge!” Ce’Nedra exclaimed.
“I lied.” Silk said. “It’s a vice I have.”

I think my second choice would probably have to be Charlie Weasley from Harry Potter.  I’m not a huge Charlie fan in all honesty, but who wouldn’t want to see if they could talk Charlie into letting them ride a dragon for their birthday? Plus, I’m pretty sure if you played your cards right you could end up with a Molly Weasley homemade birthday cake, and a night out with the Weasley kids (excluding Percy) and the Trio (if you must!)

TGIF is a weekly feature hosted at Greads.

The question this week:

Best I’ve Read So Far: We’re half way through the year (crazy how time flies!), which top 3 books are the best you’ve read so far this year?

Oh dear, I found this question seriously difficult.

I’ve settled on (in no particular order)

1. Divergent
I read this because it’s been on my TBR list forever, after hearing so much about it.  I finally knuckled down and got on with it in preparation for the release of Insurgent, but I haven’t got a copy of that yet.

2. City of Dragons

I’m a big Robin Hobb fan, having loved her Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
& Liveshiptrilogies (and enjoyed the Tawny Mantrilogy).  This series has been my favourite so far though, and this book my favourite of the series.  I literally couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait for the next.

3. Fifty Shades Darker
I know this is a controversial choice – Fifty Shades has been both loved and hated.  Was it the best written book? No.  Was it enjoyable, gripping and full of twists? Yes.  I found book 2 to be the most dramatic, and felt it had more of a plot (even if it was a bit crazy!) than Fifty Shades of Grey.  I also feel that, despite the mixed reviews of Fifty Shades, E.L. James has made….shall we say more adult?…books more popular and less taboo to the wider market, and I personally think that can only be a good thing.