Snowhoney tagged me on facebook to list my 10 favorite books, the ones that stuck in my head and touched me, so here we go:
1. All Souls Trilogy-Deborah Harkness
Diana Bishop is the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up and her relationship to Matthew is the kind of relationship I want to have one day. Plus Deborah Harkness manages to create beautiful locations and atmosphere simply by finding the right words. This may as well be my holy grail book series.
2. Harry Potter-Series-J. K. Rowling
I grew up with Harry, almost literally. I read the first book when I was 12 and the last the summer I graduated high school. I spent the better part of my life waiting for either a new Harry Potter book or movie to come out and I am currently re-reading the series and it still holds the same magic (pun intended) as it did growing up, these books just don’t seem to age.
3. Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien
Another one of those that played a significant role for me growing up. I’m glad that Lothlorien will always be there to welcome me home when I need it.
4. A Song of Ice and Fire- George R. R. Martin
I have no words to make comprehensible what this series means to me. Westeros is my home and the characters are my family. It is escapism in its purest form but you will find a lot of that on this list. I am currently reading the fifth book after holding back to wait for a release date for the sixth book but after over a year I couldn’t hold out any longer. It feels good to spend some time with Tyrion et. al. after a day of studying.
5. Immortals- Series- Alyson Noel
The only YA-series on this list. It speaks volumes that I didn’t think of TMI even though I have City of Heavenly Fire on my ‘Currently Reading’-list. The Immortals- series has one of the best endings I ever read and no, I will not give it away. I also love how Alyson Noel manages to weave an important message into the book without being overly preach-y about it. I miss Ever and Damon to this day and especially when I see red tulips. (On top of it all I also got to meet Alyson once she is such a lovely human being, she featured me on her blog here. Can’t believe it’s already been 4 years)
6. Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett
After High Fantasy Historical used to be my second favorite genre. The Pillars of the Earth really struck a nerve with me and not only because my favorite band made a song based on the book. I love to get lost in medieval times (goodness knows why) and this book provides a good place to get lost. We will never truly know how accurate a description of medieval times can be since most sources are not exactly trustworthy and this may be a little ‘cliché-medieval’ but it is still a beautiful book, with a beautiful, at times very dramatic, story about family ties, love and justice.
7. Memory, Sorrow and Thorn- Series-Tad Williams
High fantasy series number 3 on the list. I haven’t actually finished this one but this series sits in my opinion squarely between Lord of the Rings and a Song of Ice and Fire. Great swords, dragons, an unlikely hero saving the world, a fellowship it is all there and one of these days I will have the time to get back into it.
8. Avalon-series- Marion Zimmer Bradley
Another one of these books that just feel like home. And another series that I grew up with. Another series about pagan mythology and a matriarchal society which both seem to offer so many more answers and so much less bloodshed than christianity ever will. I have always been drawn to pagan and nature religions and the mythology created around Avalon is so beautiful. As I am in the process of turning my back on christianity I really have to pick those books up again.
9. Wolf Hall- Hilary Mantel
Man Booker Prize winner and with every right. One of the best I ever read. This plays right into my Tudors obsession. I am so glad there is a second part already out and a third part in the making. Wolf Hall is Tudor history from the perspective of Cromwell (who is quite likeable all of a sudden). It is a great book with a fantastic if unique writing style. Can’t wait to get back into this.
10. Century – Trilogy – Ken Follett
Last but not least Ken Follett numer two. I was drawn to this from the beginning (I generally seem to have a good ‘gut feeling about books, I was inexplicably drawn to the All Souls- trilogy as well) and when I finally got my hands on it I knew why. The way the book is arranged is a little bit reminiscent of A Song of Ice and Fire as it switches between four or five character perspectives and it retells our current recent history from world war I until today. I don’t know how accurate it is exactly but the different perspectives (Russian, British, German, American) create a uniquely complete picture. I was especially impressed by how fairly Follett treats the Germans in his books. It would have been so easy to dump all the hate on us, yet he decides not to. The third book of the trilogy drops in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
There you have it. Ten of my fave books/bookseries. There are more. So many books have touched me, guided me and helped me to close my eyes to the harsh reality at times. It has its reasons why I am studying literature.
I thought this little list was a good way to get back into blogging after I’ve been so silent on here.
Have you read any of those books? Below you can find the link to all of my friends who wrote a list like the one above.
Initial facebook post
If you want to write a list of your 10 favorites feel free to leave a link to it in the comments below and I will add it to the link list above!