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.
|The Lost Stories|
|The Ruins of Gorlan|
Flanagan writes middle grade boys adventure stories with just the faintest hint of magic. I was introduced to him through The Ruins of Gorlan, the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. I enjoyed the last book as well, The Lost Stories. All the inbetween books I enjoyed but none of them got the favorite tag. There is another book after The Lost Stories, called the Royal Ranger but I do my hardest to pretend it doesn’t exist.
|Into the Looking Glass|
Ringo writes military SF, for the most part. This was 1 part Doom, 1 part Starcraft and 1 Part America will kickbutt. I’m pretty ok with all 3 of those. The rest of the series however, devolves with each book. As for Ringo’s other books, I don’t read his stuff.
|Bridge to Terabithia|
This book almost moved me to tears.
|Akira Volume 1-6|
Akira is one the seminal mangas for me. The movie, not so much.
I like Yugioh. I like the cardgame, I like a bunch of the mangas and I like a bunch of the anime, even those horribly edited 4Kids versions. But I only like the stuff with Yugi Moto, the little blonde kid with some serious zaggy hair. All the stuff after, with other various characters, never appealed to me.
|The Compleat Bolo|
Galactic Odyssey is one of my favorite standbyes and I’ve read it at least 3 times. It is a standalone Sci-Fi swashbuckling tale of adventure and romance. One man fighting against, and overcoming, the universe and getting the girl in the end.
Compleat Bolo was a book of short stories about Bolo’s, self-aware tanks. I’ve tried one or two of the novel length books about Bolo’s [and I’m not even sure they were by Laumer] and they never did it for me. Just this one.
L. Ron Hubbard
|Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000|
My first Epic book. This was almost 1000 pages and that was before 1000 page books were even really thought of. The adventures of Jonny Goodboy Tyler as he fights against the enslavers of mankind, the Psychlos. Love it and own it in hardcover.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr
These were the first Corean Chronicles and as far as I’m concerned, the only decent books that Modesitt ever churned out. Really did like them.
|Anne of Green Gables|
As good as the made for tv mini-series is, the book is just that much better. Heartwarming is the correct term for it, but on a far vaster scale. Anne is the kind of girl who should be held out as a heroine in this day and age.
|Murder on the Orient Elite|
|Monster Hunter International|
Also throw in MHI: Nemesis.
The first 4 are the Grimnoir Chronicles. 1930’s urban fantasy. I don’t like noir’ish things or the time period of the 19-teens through the 50’s, but GC impressed me so much that I bought them in hardcover.
The MHI series on the other hand, is just fun. Guns, guts and monsters. Throw in a dash of the old gods, fallen angels and Frankenstein and you can’t help but have a good time. Unless you’re an SJW. Then Correia calls you out for your total bs and excoriates you on his blog. Since I believe in hard work, taking responsibility for my actions [both good and bad], I have no problems with Correia.
This Mil-SF trilogy was flat out awesome.
That’s all for this month folks!
- ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 1)
- ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)
- ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 3)
- ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 4)