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My Favorite Books A to Z

I recently saw a blog post with a list of favorite things A to Z and I thought I should do that with books! Some of the decisions were really hard and some letters only had one book!



The Amber Spyglass book cover  The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
I love this whole series and The Subtle Knife might be my favorite of the trilogy but I generally like endings. Plus this one starts with A.


Bridge to Terabithia book cover  Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
This is my favorite book from my childhood. I’ve read it many, many times and I still get emotional at the end.


Crooked Kingdom book cover Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I had a tough time picking a C book. There were several options that were equally good but not great. Not that Crooked Kingdom isn’t good, it is a great read.


The Da Vinci Code book cover  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Yep, I read this at the height of the hype but I still thought it was original and intriguing. Still the best Robert Langdon book.


The Eyre Affair book cover  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Interestingly enough, even though this is the first book in the Thursday Next series, I didn’t read it first. But, Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors due to his obvious love of literature and the absurdity of his worlds.


Fangirl book cover Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Super cute, nerdy novel


The Giver book cover The Giver by Lois Lowry
Another book from when I was younger. I think this was my first dystopian novel.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book cover Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
This is my favorite of the Harry Potter books so it was an easy choice. I will always ♥ Sirius Black.


Isla and the Happily Ever After Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Another finale in a trilogy. I really enjoy all three of the books in this series. They make me happy.


The Joy Luck Club book cover The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Amy Tan has a beauty to her writing in general but I feel that this is her masterpiece. The different mother/daughter stories are woven together effortlessly.


Kissed a Sad Goodbye book cover Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
I enjoy a good mystery and Deborah Crombie writes just that. If you read this blog, you are probably sick of my extolling her character development.


The Last Olympian book cover The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Five) by Rick Riordan
I love the Percy Jackson series and this was the one that just happens to show up in this list. Truthfully, I could have selected any of them.


Murder on the Orient Express book cover Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This one was also a bit of a no-brainer. It’s a classic and set me off on an epic two summer journey to read every single Hercule Poirot novel.


The Night Circus book cover The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I’m not usually a huge fan of magical realism because it tends to confuse me, but I truly enjoyed this one, even when I didn’t know what was going on.


Old Friends and New Fancies book cover Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil G. Brinton
This is the first “sequel” to Jane Austen’s novels that was published. It’s basically a fanfiction where Austen’s main characters meet each other. Kryptonite for an Austenite like me.


Persuasion book cover Persuasion by Jane Austen
Some might be surprised that this beats out Pride and Prejudice but it’s my favorite Austen.


Quiet book cover Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Talking by Susan Cain
This book kinda changed my life. I finally felt like I had permission to be an introvert and that it was a strength rather than a flaw that I had to work on.


The Restaurant at the End of the Universe book cover The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
“A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beelbebrox’s table, a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with large watery eyes… ‘I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in parts of my body?'” Need I say more?


Stardust book cover Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Rousing fantasy adventure by a truly excellent writer.


To Kill a Mockingbird book cover To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Classic. So much so that I refuse to read Go Set a Watchman just in case it ruins this book for me.


The Unexpected Everything book cover The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Not many U books to choose from but I like Morgan Matson very much.


The View from Saturday book cover The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
V turned out to be a really difficult decision. It was a three-way tie between this, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. But The View from Saturday won out in the end because I always related to the characters and appreciated that intelligence and being different were celebrated.


Where the Sidewalk Ends book cover Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
This was really my first exposure to poetry and will always have a nostalgic place in my heart.


X-Wing Rogue Squadron book cover X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole
This was the only X book but still a great choice. I love Star Wars and I wish Rogue Squadron was still canon.


You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Felicia Day is really awesome and I appreciate the reminder that it’s okay to be weird.


Zia book cover Zia by Scott O’Dell
Again, the only Z book that I’ve read. This is the sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins (which I would choose over this book, but it doesn’t start with Z!)

Check this out… 100 Notable Books of 2016

100 Notable Books of 2016 via New York Times

What is on your notable book list this year?

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Check this out… 50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature

50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature via Flavorwire

Who would be on your list? What should the criteria be?


15 Authors to Follow on Twitter

Twitter logoIf you are like me and always have your Twitter feed open, here are some great authors to follow. (in no particular order)

1. J.K. Rowling

For obvious reasons

2. Morgan Matson

Rapidly making herself a staple of my favorite authors list, Morgan Matson’s feed is also highly entertaining.

3. Neil Gaiman

In addition to his general awesomeness, Neil Gaiman also retweets a lot of fan stuff.

4. Sarah Dessen

Tweets lovely things about her daily life.

5. Rick Riordan

Another author that regularly interacts with his fans on Twitter. Also, the best place to find out the latest news about Rick Riordan’s work.

6. Edgar Allan Poe

Yes, he may be dead but that doesn’t stop this feed from keeping his dark poetry & prose alive.

7. Chuck Palahniuk

While he doesn’t actually tweet personally, this feed still has a lot of great stuff for fans and just generally informative links.

8. John Green

Lots of great tidbits from the myriad things that John Green does including his writing, vlogging and his work with @mental_floss.

9. Patrick Ness

Wonderfully relatable & sharp.

10. Amy Tan

Random tweets from my life would not be this interesting but somehow Amy Tan makes it work.

11. Stephen King

Fair number of pictures of his dog, as well as current events and such.

12. Joanne Harris

Some snarky tips on how to be a writer mixed with a whole lot of prolific tweeting.

13. Meg Cabot

A lot of pictures and tweets about her various events & books but the occasional gem about Princess Mia.

14. Leigh Bardugo

Lovely fan interactions and recommendations from her flurry of YA lit author friends.

15. Laurie Halse Anderson

Regularly tweets about a lot of different subjects including her life, books, and education.

Check this out… Book Riot’s Best Books of 2014

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books of 2014 via Book Riot

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Each Book Riot contributor picked their best book of 2014. Do you agree with their choices? What was your best book of 2014?

I think I’ll have to go with “The Blood of Olympus” but I’m a Rick Riordan junkie so you can’t trust my opinion. =)

My Top 15 Books from 2013

Looking for suggestions to start off your reading resolutions? Here are my top 15 choices out of the 59 books I read in 2013 (as always not in any real order). They are all good ways to spend some time.

My Top 15 Books from 2013
  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  3. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  4. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis
  5. The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis
  6. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  10. A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
  11. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  12. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  13. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  14. Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole
  15. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Entertainment Weekly’s 100 All-Time Greatest Novels

Did your favorite novel make the list? Did EW miss one of the all-time greats? How many have you read from this list? Hit the comments to discuss!

100. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)

99. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)

98. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)

97. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)

96. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (1979)

95. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1998)

94. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)

93. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (1992)

92. The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse (1943)

91. The Leopard by Giusseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1958)

90. My Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)

89. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Stern (1895)

88. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (1987)

87. White Teeth by Zadie Smith (2000)

86. A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham (1990)

85. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

84. Clockers by Richard Price (1992)

83. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1993)

82. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (1999)

81. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

80. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (1913)

79. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (2012)

78. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul (1961)

77. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749)

76. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (1962)

75. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)

74. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (1997)

73. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré (1963)

72. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)

71. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

70. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)

69. Money by Martin Amis (1985)

68. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1874)

67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (2000)

66. Howards End by E.M. Forster (1910)

65. Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964)

64. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)

63. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth (1969)

62. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

61. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1988)

60. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

59. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

58. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)

57. The Children of Men by P.D. James (1992)

56. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (1979)

55. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995)

54. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (2012)

53. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

52. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977)

51. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)

50. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (2002)

49. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

48. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)

47. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1994)

46. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)

45. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

44. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000)

43. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)

42. The Stand by Stephen King (1978)

41. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (1953)

40. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1993)

39. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)

38. The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker (1991-1995)

37. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

36. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)

35. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë (1964)

34. The World According to Garp by John Irving (1978)

33. Maus by Art Spielgelman (1986)

32. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)

31. Blindness by José Saramago (1995)

30. Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)

29. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1986)

28. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869)

27. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

26. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)

25. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853)

24. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)

23. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880)

22. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)

21. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (1925)

20. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty (1985)

19. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

18. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (1851)

17. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

15. Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow (1975)

14. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1867)

13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

12. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)

11. Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf (1925)

10. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952)

9. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)

8. The Rabbit Quartet by John Updike (1960-1990)

7. Harry Potter: The Complete Series by J.K. Rowling (1997-2007)

6. My Ántonia by Willa Cather (1918)

5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878)

Happy Summer!

In honor of the first day of summer, enjoy a list of some great beach reads!

15 Reads for a Summer Day at the Beach (in no particular  order)

  1. A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond
  2. Pride & Prescience by Carrie Bebris
  3. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
  4. Chasing Shakespeares by Sarah Smith
  5. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  6. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
  7. Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  8. Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
  9. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  10. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  11. The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  12. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  13. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  14. A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett
  15. The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot