♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)

The idea for this series of posts was inspired by Lashaan at Bookidote. He asked what some of my favorite books were during my initial start of my Malazan Journey.  That got me thinking, as I do have a “favorite” tag that I use in Calibre. So I did some exhaustive investigating [typing in “favorite” and hitting enter in Calibre is a real workout!] and out of the roughly 2900 books that I’ve read since 2000, there are around 300 that earned the Favorite moniker. There are a bunch of Favorites that are duplicates, as I’ve obviously re-read some of my Favorites time and time again.

However, listing 300+ books all in one post seemed like information overload. Therefore I have decided to do a much smaller list each month until the end of the year. You will get to see what I like in manageable doses and I get “thought free” posts  😀  Win-Win all around. I’m simply listing them Alphabetical by Author with just a word or four attached.


Brandon Sanderson:

Shadows of Self
The Rithmatist
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

While I have recently parted ways with Sanderson due to his stance on homosexuality, I have enjoyed all his books up until then and will not deny that he is probably THE voice of fantasy for my generation.


Brent Weeks:

The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror

I would probably include the 2 previous books in the Lightbringer series, but maybe I wasn’t using the “favorite” tag when I read them? Regardless, I own the whole series, to date, in hardcover, the massive, beautiful tomes 🙂


Brian Daley

Han Solo at Stars’ End
Han Solo’s Revenge
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy

Read these back in the 90’s before there were any other Star Wars books and just loved them. Definitely a nostalgia factor involved.


Brian Moses

The Devil’s Deuce
Hunting the Three

These are the first 2 of a trilogy. Moses is an indie and I was wicked impressed and really liking the story he was telling. Sadly, the final book put paid to the trilogy as he went off plot and got all philosophical in an epic fantasy trilogy. Not sure I would recommend these now considering how I felt about the final book.


Brian Lumley

Necroscope III: The Source

Probably the only Necroscope book that got this tag and that was because I just enjoyed the Russians getting trashed by a vamp in their secret base. It was also pretty gore and sex free.


C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia

All 7 of them.  I think Voyage of the Dawntreader was probably the one I liked the best of them all.


Charles Dickens:

A Tale of Two Cities
Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
The Pickwick Papers
Little Dorrit
Oliver Twist
Great Expectations

I know there are more Dickens’ that I like, but these are what I tagged. A Tale of Two Cities I found his most accessible, Pickwick was the funniest and Nickleby was just grand.



xxxHOLiC the series

CLAMP is a group of women who have written a lot of manga series. xxxHolic drew me in with its outlandish perspective on the human body and with its mystical/magical tone. And a little magical black bunny’ish thing that gets smashed whenever it can, that’s just funny.


Daniel O’Malley

The Rook

Urban fantasy that I actually like. Since I don’t care for most UF, that is high praise indeed.


And that wraps up this months edition of Favorite Books. Cheers!






  1. Favorite Books Part 1

21 thoughts on “♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)

  1. YES! Always look forward to this post! 😀 I’ve had Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series in my TBR for a while now, but just recently added his Night Angel series to it too. Have you tried those books out? The Way of Shadows is the first one, I believe. Also glad to see Daniel O’Malley’s books make the list! I’ve been eyeing his books for quite some time.

    – Lashaan

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  2. ooh so many great books on here! I loved the Well of Ascension and am looking forward to reading more! and I love Dickens!! Awesome post!

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  3. Nathan says:

    I enjoyed the first Mistborn book, does that count? Fun post, I may have to do this sometime as a reminder to myself.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      It has been quite interesting to see what I have tagged as favorites. I had to go and read a couple of reviews for some of them because my initial reaction was “no way I tagged that as favorite”.


  4. Some good books on here. Sanderson is favorite author of mine too, and I can’t wait for more news of the Rithmatist sequel.

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  5. I might have to put that image about not being addicted to reading as a wallpaper for my computer… 😀

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  6. Christy Luis says:

    Good stuff! I love Lewis, Weeks and Sanderson. I need to read more Dickens…I’ve read Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, but I’m looking forward to A Tale of Two Cities next 😀

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  7. I love this!!! You have definitely fattened my TBR and gave me some new titles and authors to look into. This is great 😉

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  8. Tyson Adams says:

    Thoughts on the Night Angel series by Weeks? Because I’m yet to get to the Lightbringer series (mum got me them for my birthday).

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    • Bookstooge says:

      It’s been a while since I read them, but I do have them on my re-read for this year. My memories are overwhelmingly of violence. I also think his Lightbringer series is better written, JUST because he has more experience. It helps that Night Angel is a trilogy…

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