Big Book Recommendations

The topic of this post was kindly provided by Trina and her Monthly Recommendations group on Goodreads.

This is pretty self-explanatory, so onto the recommendations!

1. The Illuminae Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – big book, quick read

2. The Inda Series by Sherwood Smith – so, so good!

3. Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain – kind of a cheat here since most versions of the first book are just under 500 pages, but the hardcover is 504!  And the series grows as it goes on with the newest one being something like 800 pages.

4. The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce – can’t have a list without her on it!

5. The Farsala Triology by Hilari Bell – haven’t read in a while but loved it at the time

6. The Naming by Alison Croggan – again, haven’t read in a while and sits just under 500 pages, but I thought it was very good when I read it years ago.


Books I want to re-read (2)

An updated list of books I want to re-read!  There are a lot of them as I’m in the mood for re-reads at the moment!

First, I want to continue on with my re-read of the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner: 

-The Queen of Attolia (#2)

-The King of Attolia (#3)

-A Conspiracy of Kings (#4)

Next, I was reminded of the Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell recently, and remember loving it and I want to revisit it:

-Fall of a Kingdom (#1)

-Rise of a Hero (#2)

-Foraging the Sword (#3)

Hilari’s Knight and Rogue series is great for younger readers!

Additionally, I (mostly) loved the Books of Pellinor series by Alison Croggon, who has a new book out.  I didn’t like the last book as much as the others but I want to re-read and see if that has changed:

-The Naming

-The Riddle

-The Crow

-The Singing

A carry-over from the last post, I still want to re-read Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Finally, I have wanted to re-read this book since I read the second one in this series early this year, to see which I love more, plus I’m told the audiobook is fantastic!

-Illuminae (Kaufman and Kristoff)

That’s a lot of books on my plate!  Anything you want to re-read?

Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Drugs Books to Your Favorite Genre

topThe usual spiel: Top 5 Wednesday can be found on Goodreads and is currently hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.

My favourite genera is no secret: fantasy.  And this list is likely going to be my top 5 favourite books, but they got me into reading and have stood the test of time, so I think it fits. 

1. Anything Tamora Pierce – great fantasy reads that are easy to start with and get into.  They are generally low fantasy which is arguably easier to start with than high fantasy. 

2. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – same as above.  

3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – good for younger readers, this is a very interesting, funny and easy to get into read.  

4. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – another book for younger readers that will get them hooked.

5. Green Rider by Kristen Britain – great book to transition from YA to Adult books as it’s an adult fantasy book that is very similar to YA books.  

Other goodies: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Naming by Alison Croggan and Eon by Allison Goodman

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

topTop 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam at thoughtsontombs.  If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday, you can check out the Goodreads page.

1. Tamora Pierce – This first one shouldn’t be a surprise if you have read more than like 2 of my posts.  TAMORA PIERCE is an amazing writer and I have been waiting literal years for her newest book to come out, this one tentatively called The Gift of Power following Numair’s journey to Tortall.  Even though it does have a tentative release season, it has been pushed back a half dozen times already and there isn’t a date-date yet.  

2. Sherwood Smith – This one is, again, not really a big surprise as Sherwood Smith is my other favourite author.  Sure, she has about one new book per year released, but the one I’m waiting on, A Sword Named Truth (first in a series), has been in publication limbo for (again) literal years.  No fault of the author as she has told me the publishing house has had the book for (again) literal years but it hasn’t been released.  

3. Kristin Cashore – I really want to see what else Kristin Cashore would write but so far nothing major has come from her since the last of the Graceling trilogy was released years ago, in 2012.  Though I just peeked at her blog and have seen that she is in the middle of the 6th revision of book #4!  

4. Megan Whalen Turner – Her The Queen’s Thief series was excellent and up for a re-read from me.  Since the publication of the last book in 2010 she doesn’t seem to have published another book, but there have been hints of a 5th book in the series.  Even if a 5th one never came to light, I would be interested in knowing what else she would write.  

5. Alison Croggon – She has had a few things released since her Books of Pellinor series wrapped up, but I want something more!  Something that promises to be as big as her Pellinor books!  Which, as a side note, is one of the first books I remember actually ordering in to the closest book store in my area (a whooping 40 minute drive away!!) and buying with my own money thanks to a recommendation by the lovely Tamora Pierce.  Before that point, I only ever bought books at those old Scholastic book fairs held at your school once a year. 

Honourable mentions: Hilari Bell and Jean M Auel. 

Books I want to re-read

listThese are books that I read years ago and, for various reasons want to give it another try, I want to re-read these books.  Some I liked, others I disliked but want to give another try. 

1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore 

2. Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman

3. The Naming quartet by Alison Croggon

4. Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card