As promised, here is my book list. I have been thorough in investigating the contents of my book shelves as well as my kindle. It actually took me some time to debate (with myself) about what titles to put in this list. I have decided to divide this into 2 entries. I have accepted the fact that trying to fit all the titles into this one post will make me sound like a geeky snob. That and, this will take forever to get through if I don’t split it in half. As I’ve said before, I wouldn’t read something unless I enjoyed it. Being an avid reader, you can imagine the books that line my shelves. Fair warning though… I have yet to fully let go of the little kid in me so, some titles on this list may seem “less mature” than others. Then again, it is MY list after all. 🙂
Anyhow, before I delve into the hard hitting books, I’d like to start with a couple of series that literally leave my mouth agape and my mind craving for more until I finish (and sometimes, a little after that) I will no longer be mentioning The Harry Potter series and The Chronicles of Narnia in detail. If you haven’t gotten around to reading the books yet, you seriously should. And if you have no intentions of reading them at all, then you should have yourself examined. These books make the word EPIC sound more EPIC than it already is (did I make sense just now? Haha.)
So before I find myself rambling on and on, let me start with the list of series and work my way up from there. Here’s to hoping this list encourages at least 1 person to scour the bookstore in search of one of the titles. 🙂
BOOK SERIES 101
Inkheart is a trilogy written by the brilliant Cornelia Funke. This book was a writer’s dream. The characters were so alive and vivid and the setting so fantastic that I felt like I was whisked away to a different world every time I would skim through the pages. The story itself unfolded beautifully in my mind. From the simplest element such as the shape of the clouds, to the more elaborate ones like the characters themselves, every detail was painted out for me with such precision that I never found myself wanting. As I was reading this book, reality blacked out and my imagination went berserk. I kept looking over my shoulder every once in a while just to make sure nothing was popping out of thin air. This trilogy was indeed a delight to experience.
The Inheritance Cycle was originally written to be a trilogy but ended up becoming a cycle of 4 books instead. According to some of my friends, the books appear quite intimidating because of how bulky and thick they look. Trust me when I say, there is no part in that cycle that can possibly be omitted. Remove a detail and it ruins the whole story. What I loved most about this series was the variety of interesting characters, both ones that fill your dreams as well as a number of others that feed on your nightmares. It was interesting to see the characters sporting individual personalities inside their own races and circles.This book left me hanging for 3 years so you can imagine how ecstatic I was to finally see it in the bookstore. Needless to say, I swiped that copy right off the shelf. Now that the cycle has officially ended, it would be the best time to read all of the books. This will make for an interesting read. 🙂
The series “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” was the reason why I had to adjust my reading time from the evening’s, to almost the entire day. I just sat in one corner and completely lost myself to the story. I thought it was rather ironic how I enjoyed the books so much. I asked a friend of mine to read the summary and she looked back at me and said, this series sounds like a modern day history book (if only history class could be that interesting). Honestly, I wasn’t much of a history buff back in the day (still not too crazy about it at present). I guess that’s what I loved about this series, the way Michael Scott (the author) was able to incorporate the old and twist it into something new was absolutely amazing to me. Unfortunately, there’s still one book left before the series officially ends. Still, these books were unbelievable page turners. I loved every second of it. 😀
I have yet to meet a person, young or old, that did not enjoy reading The Hunger Games. This was a unique story illustrating a dystopian society where the elitist government continuously abuses the people. This story had its fair share of unexpected twists. I loved how the author decided to use children as the main characters. It added a particular flare to the already interesting and engaging series. For the people who like thrilling and action-packed stories, Hunger Games is practically marinated in it. It’s appealing to both those who enjoy an engaging plot-line that tackles the mind, as well as those that are looking for a good (yet uncommon) love story that taps the reserves of the heart.
NOTE: I want to thank my brother for sharing his insights on all the series I listed above. 🙂 I promise to start working on the 2nd Book List soon, till then I leave you with a beautiful quote from Hazel Rochman, “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” CHEERS! 😀