Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Ten - Bring it!

Ok, I'm getting into the idea of doing something like a 10-list every Tuesday. Gets me on here and writing.

Speaking of which, with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) ending not TOO long ago, I thought of listing a few novels/books I've enjoyed reading (and continue to enjoy rereading for some!):

1. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan.

This series is a love/hate relationship. I enjoy reading it, but the copious amount of details in the series can be a little mind-numbing at times (but in the same hand, when there is a "lack" of detail....). It's a sci-fi fantasy that deals with the everlasting battle of "good" vs "evil" with some romance thrown in. Over all I like the series.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Even though this is a "kid" or young adult series, I found it to be a good read. What I thought was nifty, was the the way the series was written. Something along the lines of age appropriateness? As in, starting of "easy" and (when they were being published) aged with the audience, (more details/etc). I've always been interested in reading about wizardry, sorcery, and other similar sci-fi books.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

I read this book recently and couldn't put it down! Its a historical fiction book, about Dinah (one of Joseph's children). It deals with a switch from a matriarchal to patriarchal society, and touches briefly on the role of women have changed. But beyond that deep and philosophical whatever. I really enjoyed this book.

4. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

A light romance novel. Has some fantasy thrown in as well. I would definitely recommend this one. The whole axis of the novel revolves around a family's apple tree.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons)

Granted, this too is a young adult/kids book, but I really do like the fantasy genre and this is written well. I was surprised to find out that the supposed 4th book in the series was written first and the other 3 books were written as prequels. Who knew?

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (the No Fear Shakespeare version)

This is my FAVORITE play to watch and also, I really enjoy reading it! (no surprise there) What's nice about the No Fear Shakespeare versions of the plays and the sonnets is that you can get the "orig." text and modern English of the same text on opposing pages. Very nice!

Home Safe Home by Debra Lynn Dadd

Granted, with the self-help/diy books one can become too over enthused about things. But I like this book b/c it allows you to make an informed decision and have access to alternatives of daily life (from household cleaners to laundry detergent, etc). Definitely a good resource/starting point.

Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton

Oh another romance novel! I particularly liked this one b/c not only was it a romance novel, it involved knitting! Enough said.

9. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, Battle of the Labyrinth)

A young adult series, who's premise revolves around the Greek gods and their demigod/mortal kids. Enjoyable if you like your Greek lore and enjoy a light adventure story.

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

What is it with the romance novels, eh? Well, they're can be addictive and highly enjoyable. A nice book about how someone later in life can find romance and have a love life.

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