♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 5)

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.


John Flanagan

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.


John Ringo

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.


Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

This book almost moved me to tears.


Katsuhiro Otomo

Akira Volume 1-6

Akira is one the seminal mangas for me. The movie, not so much.


Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist
Yu-Gi-Oh!: R

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.


Keith Laumer

Galactic Odyssey
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.


L.M. Montgomery

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.


Larry Correia

Hard Magic
Murder on the Orient Elite
Monster Hunter International
MHI: Vendetta
MHI: Alpha
MHI: Legion

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.






Linda Nagata

The Red
The Trials
Going Dark

This Mil-SF trilogy was flat out awesome.



That’s all for this month folks!



  1. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 1)
  2. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)
  3. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 3)
  4. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 4)

30 thoughts on “♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 5)

  1. I still own my original copy of Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
    (hardback also). It was such a massive undertaking at the time I first explored it.

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  2. Correia is hilarious, and I need to catch up with his MHI! I did complete his Grimnoir series though, and I agree, it’s excellent.

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  3. Modesitt is one of the (many, too many!) authors I need to explore more deeply: I remember reading, a loooong time ago, one of his SF novels, “Adiamante” and I have good memories of it, even though details have become somewhat fuzzy…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I only liked his Recluce and Corean Chronicles books. I tried his imager series and hated it and any of his standalones I didn’t like either. Overall, I’ve just decided that he’s one of those “mainly not for me” authors…


  4. Manuel Antao says:

    Ah! The Psychlos… So long ago…

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  5. I love ‘Anne of Green Gables’ – the book, the movie, the anime and I will also check out the new Netflix series.

    My brother was really into Yu-Gi-Oh! at some point, he watched it & collected the cards as well.

    I want to check out some of Modesitt’s work as well, I make sure to start with the books you mentioned haha

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  6. Oh I love this as always!! I really love Anne- I’ve not seen any of the adaptations yet though! I probably should! Also, I know this is totally unacceptable in the bookish world, but I’ve only seen the film version of Bridge to Terabithia (naturally it made me sob)- my only excuse is I was young and unaware it was a book when I watched it! Either way, it was so good!!

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  7. I want to see how Bridge to Terabithia made Bookstooge feel things. I’m surprised I never read Akira during my manga-phase during high school. I’ll definitely give it a shot now; the blurb sounds immensely fascinating. Also super pumped to see something I’ve actually read on here!!! : Yu-Gi-Oh. I was sooo hooked to the manga series, the anime and the card game back then. Good stuff. Did you know they recently made a Netflix TV show adaptation for Anne of Green Gables? I think it’s called “Anne with an E”. Not sure if it’s as good as the book though.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Bridge to Terebithia and Flowers for Algernon were probably some of the most emotional reads I’ve experienced in my 30’s.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Not sure if you’ll get notified of this or not.

      Akira: Part of the reason I really like it is because it is in a large format. It makes such a big difference to have it so big. I can actually look at the art in detail.

      Did you get into any of hte yugioh stuff that was without yugioh? If so, how did they tie the name Yugioh of the series into it?

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      • By large format, you mean.. similar to graphic novels? Instead of the size of mangas? I’d love it even more if that’s the case.

        After the main Yu-Gi-Oh series, I sort of stopped watching the anime or following the card game. I did watch some random episodes here and then but was just bummed by how radically the game had changed (i.e. Yu-Gi-Oh 5d’s was set in the future with bikes and shit). I really have no clue how they connected the Yu-Gi-Oh name to it. But I did follow a bit more of Yu-Gi-Oh GX and I’m pretty sure that one was tied in with the main series, they mentioning Yugi and Kaiba and so on. No clue how they explain Yu-Gi-Oh though… I’m going to assume that they just slapped that name onto the show so that people know its still the same “concept”.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Akira is in graphic novel sized books. It is not the tankouban size. It really makes a difference 🙂

          Thanks for the yugioh info. For me, it was all about Yugi Moto and Yugioh so when I saw he wasn’t the main character, I never even tried to get into it.

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  8. Anne huh? I honestly never considered reading it myself. I suppose I’d better look into it!

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