In a desperate bid to come up with blogging topics, I’ve been referring to this blog post on Julie Jarnagin’s blog. It houses a number of amazing blogging ideas, and for today I’ve picked to write about my favorite book. The problem is, I have so many favorite books and such vague reasons for liking them, that I decided to do a list of books I love. Specifically, five books I love, and one book I hate.
Number One: Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
I think I’ve gushed about this one before, but oh my gosh is this a beautiful book. I’ve read it three times now, and each time, I find something new to love. However, what always brings me back to it, is the unique and genuine relationship between Ward and Oreg. The book is a coming of age tale for Ward, but the story is so much more than just that. There’s ancient magic, dragons, and wonder to be found within its pages.
On a secondary note, please read the sequel, Dragon Blood, because it is equally powerful, and Ward and Oreg’s relationship is amazing there. Plus, you get to see Oreg slowly grow into his own person, which is just as cathartic as it sounds. This is the only series I’ve read by Patricia Briggs, but I would read her other works on the recommendation of this one alone.
Number Two: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
There is something magical about the way this book is written that makes me want to just shriek to the heavens. While I did not enjoy the sexual content myself, the rest of the book was absolutely spellbinding.
Without spoiling too much, the book is told from the narrative perspective of a young man. However, there is a switch every other chapter or so, to a third person perspective story of what is going on with other characters around the tale. This unique way of telling the story is what mesmerized me at first, and the great characters kept me going the entire time. I wanted so much to be able to visit the places described in this book.
Give it a read, you won’t be dissapointed.
Number Three: The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey
The Black Swan is a wonderful retelling of Swan Lake, from the perspective of Odile, who is often called the Black Swan. In this, she is a young sorceress, under the training of her father.
The relationship between Odile and the swans, and Odile and her father are the really compelling parts of this book. The beautiful settings help put it a cut above the rest. And the ending which is, of course, happy gives closure to a story of abuse that honestly needed telling. I love this book more than I can say, and I really hope you read it on my recomendation.
Number Four: Dungeon Born by Dakota Krout
Dungeon Born is an amazing book set in a Dungeons and Dragons-esque world. The entire premise is based on the idea that dungeons are created by sentient creatures trapped in Dungeon Cores. Deep in lore and context, this book is a treasure, and I’m glad I read it.
The main character, Cal, is a dungeon heart, one of the sentient creatures that create dungeons for adventurers to explore. The strange sort of morality he develops for himself is absolutely fascinating, as are the mechanics of his control over his ‘body’. The characters are delightful, and the settings vivid and rich. Please give yourself permission to enjoy this lovely book.
Number Five: Shades of Milk And Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
If you’re a fan of Regency Era historical romance, this is an amazing book that you’ll never forget. This book is entirely set in the regency era, when the Marriage Mart was in full swing. The main character is a wonderful girl, who happens to be gifted in Glamour, the use of magic to make illusions.
The entire book is the story of how she falls in love and finds herself among the dour trappings of regency era life. The characters have a great realness to them, a sort of down-home essence that makes the entire book enjoyable, despite some second hand embarrasment on behalf of a few characters.
And finally, Book Six: The Siren by Kiera Cass
This book dissapointed me, quite thoroughly. For such a unique premise, I expected a more unique romance story. But it reads just like a contemperary romance, rather than the fantasy romp I had been hoping for. The book just felt uninspired to me, despite how well the characters worked together. The setting was forgettable, the dialogue was iffy, and I wouldn’t reccomend copying the pacing on this one at all.
Please reconsider before reading this book.
And that is my list of five books I loved and one I hated. Thank you very much for reading through my opinions, and I hope this inspires you to make your own list. I had a lot of fun compiling this, and I’m more than happy to give more recomendations if anyone wants them.