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.
|Enchanted Forest Chronicles|
|Mairelon the Magician duology|
|Frontier Magic Trilogy|
I’m currently re-reading the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and they’re as fun as ever. Mairelon is a Magical England story with a young Lord taking on a street rat as his apprentice and raising her as a Lady. Frontier Magic follows Ef, the 13th child of a 13th child as the United States begin to push west.
Phillip Wylie & Edwin Balmer
|When Worlds Collide|
|After Worlds Collide|
I found this duology from the 50’s in the library in the early 90’s and I’ve been reading and re-reading it ever since. The American Can-Do spirit can overcome even rogue planets!
|A Darkness at Sethanon|
The original Riftwar Saga. A typical European fantasy world, with knights and magicians, etc, gets invaded by japanese’esque warriors from another world. And that’s the least of the problems. The Riftwar Universe has been wrapped up in the last couple of years, but beyond these 4, I never cared for most of it and stayed away.
Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata
|Eyeshield 21 manga|
Another series that I am currently reading. A sports manga about American football in Japan. Doesn’t sound like much I know, but my goodness, this has all the Heart and Soul of a young man growing up!
|The Wheel of Time (13 books)|
I will complain as much as the next person about this series but in the end I still like it even with all its faults. It tells a fantastic, epic story. Also, Jordan dying in the middle of the series was great drama. While Sanderson finished this off, it is still Jordan who birthed it.
|The Shadow Roads|
|The Isle of Battle|
|The One Kingdom|
Another recent re-read that stood up well. A slow, river like journey through a land where 3 magical siblings arise again and their father and uncle must battle death incarnate. Of course, in true Russell style, most of the story is told from other character’s viewpoint. The Children of Wyrr might be the main movers and shakers, but it is the people of the time who flesh and clothe the story.
The Pendragon trilogy. It is an Arthurian legend story from a Christian perspective.
|Daughter of the Sword|
|Year of the Demon|
|Disciple of the Wind|
The Fated Swords series takes place in Japan in both modern day and far past. The present focuses on one policewoman who becomes heir to a Fated Blade and must face off against other artifacts of power in the hands of nutjobs and terrorists. The far past has chronicled the beginnings of the swords and how they’ve been used through history. Probably the closest I’ve ever come to a Police Procedural. Also, I absolutely love these covers.
These should be clickable for Hi-res versions.
|Gardens of the Moon|
I used to have the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen listed in my favorites, well, except for the last 3 but with my current re-reading I am finding they are even better written than before but the Existential Whine cuts like a buzzsaw through my skull.
And that wraps up this month’s Favorites. I’ve only got 1 more post’s worth of Favorites, so this little monthly segment will be ending soon. I was hoping to stretch things out to the end of the year, but each time I got excited and added an extra author or 3 and bam, I wasn’t going to make it to year’s end.