To preface the reviews that, Lord willing, will be showing up here soon, I wanted to post a list of some of my favorite books.
For me, there are two definitions for "favorite."
1) A book I really liked, have high esteem for, and never forget.
2) A A book I really liked, have high esteem for, never forget.... and never stop reading.
Over the past couple years I realized my list of favorites became the ones I repeatedly checked out from the library, or just bought. If I liked them enough to reread multiple times, they had to be favorites, aye?
So, this short (NOT) list is complied of some my most re-read books. Incomplete, and in no particular order. I think.
The Re-Read List
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
I loved all three books upon first read, and perhaps I keep re-reading
them because I wish he had written more before he died. Ben's never-ending
journey may have *(cough)* inspired some of my own stories, like "And Then
The Journals of Ven Polypheme
There is something infinitely charming about this series, of which I hope
a fourth sequel will emerge soon. Ven, the hero, has a gift of unending
curiosity which leads him to have adventures all over his world. The light, almost
Narnian feel makes them an easy but thoroughly enjoyable fantasy read.
The Redwall Series
Need I say more? 'Tis Redwall, after all. They take my somewhere special
every time I open the pages. It doesn't even matter which one, though
two of my favorites are Mossflower and Rakkety Tam. Oh, and the Sable Quean.
The Door Within Trilogy
Wayne Thomas Batson
The Door Within Trilogy is probably one of my favorites for multiple reasons:
The epic adventure, believable, down-to-earth characters, and the notion that I
could one day step from our world to another like the hero did. It's like Narnia,
Middle Earth, and something else wonderful combined. I loved these so much I
The Adventures of Declan Ross
(Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire)
Wayne Thomas Batson
It's very hard to choose my favorites between these two series' by Sir Batson.
I can't resist a well-done swashbuckler, especially one with such wonderful
and gritty characters like Cat, Anne, Ross, and the rest. It was a world I easily
stepped into, and envied the people in them for never having to step out of it.
Two of my favorites books, ever. They make me excited just thinking about
Orson Scott Card
You were waiting for it, right?
Though most people I know have very mixed feelings about this book, and
I certainly recommend it with caution, Ender's Game is probably up in the
Top 3 of my favorite books, ever.
I remember reading a short story by Sir Card in a compilation of dragon
stories a year ago, and while it was probably my least favorite of the entire
book for various reasons, it was the most unforgettable. Something about his
writing was so compelling that even though I detested that particular story, it
was the only one that never left me.
Likewise, aside from the fact that I was left in awe of Ender's Game the first time
around, I couldn't forget about it. So much so, started reading it again the day after
I finished it. I couldn't get enough of it. Sum it up to say I have reread it at least five
times less months than that.
Ender's Shadow Series
Orson Scott Card
Those who who Ender know also that there are two spinoff series'. One follows
Ender's journey. The other follows that of Bean's, another child from Battle School.
I chose to read Bean's story first. His series begins with Ender's Shadow (taking place
in almost the exact same time period as Ender's Game) and ends with the recently
published Shadows In Flight. (More on that in a later post.)
I just finished Shadows In Flight on Sunday. I checked out Ender's Shadow again on
Wednesday. Let's just say I can't get enough of Ender or Bean's journeys.
And thus, are some of my very favorite books in the world.
And, as much as my memory suffices at present, these are some of my very favorite books.
I'm sure I forgot some. Maybe I'll do a Part II in the future.
Anyway, not all of these books will appear in the later reviews, which is why I mention them especially now.
So, wonderful people. (I resist saying "lovely people" to respect the dignity of the guys ;)
What are your most re-read, favorite books? Speak up, now!