Today in Blog Everyday in May, we’re discussing books we love. I’ve gotten pretty lazy about reading books lately – I still read, but I’ve been sticking to shorter pieces online out of laziness and a short attention span. I’ve been trying to get back into reading it with Game of Thrones and the rest of the series, but I don’t quite think it makes the cut as of now. I’ve been enjoying it nevertheless, but I have some other books that I would say I love for a variety of reasons.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I need to track down the sequel to this because it was just so good. If you enjoy fantasy books, I highly recommend this one. It’s well-paced, even though it is a bit long, it didn’t feel like it. The story never dragged and I was completely sucked in. I think I finished it in a day or two. It’s the first part of a planned trilogy, telling the life of a powerful magician. This particularly volume takes him through childhood into young adulthood and all the struggles he encountered alone the way. It is the best book that I have read recently.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This one is not only a great story, but it was also one of my favorite books growing up. I have read the unabridged version four or five times and have noticed how my opinions on the characters and their lives have changed as I grew up. I still dream a bit of being Jo, but I also think that I can still draw guidance from the book. I feel that some of the lessons about family and relationships inside are timeless. While now, I want to be Jo, I hope that when I eventually have kids, I can learn to be a bit like Marmee.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This may be cheating because it’s an entire series, but if you want me to narrow it down, I would choose The Prisoner of Azkaban as my favorite. While I believe that the books appeal to all ages, I believe I was in a special age group that got to grow up with Harry as the books came out. There was just something special about the character getting older at the same time as me, even if their world was completely different.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
If I can’t be Jo March, then I think I could handle being Elizabeth Bennett instead. I think there are definitely some parallels between the families in both Little Women and Pride and Prejudice, but the Bennett family is much more dysfunctional – which makes for quite a bit of entertainment. I love Austen’s sense of humor and enjoy rereading Pride and Prejudice to pick of on more little quips that I had missed before.
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
If you enjoy Jane Austen’s sense of humor, but want more descriptions of dresses, lavish buildings, and slightly more outlandish characters – please pick up one of Georgette Heyer’s historical romances. If it has a Harlequin cover, please don’t be put off, like with Austen, the chemistry between the characters is expressed primarily with witty dialogue and hints. It was hard to choose just one, but I settled on The Masqueraders (Devil’s Cub would be at second place). Most of Heyer’s romances take place a bit before or during the Regency period, but because she wrote in the 20th century, she added a lot of detail – and I mean a lot. She was a meticulous researcher and drew from a wide variety of primary sources to make her works as accurate as possible. When you are a nerd like me, that’s wonderful. The books are also funny, with romance, and sword-fights, maybe some deception, and a lot of drama. I love The Masqueraders particularly because the main character spends most of her time dressed like a man, while her brother is dressed like a woman (for disguise purposes), which leads to a lot of hilarity.
As you can see, the books I like fall into two main categories – historical with varying degrees of romance and fantasy. If you have any suggestions, I would love to read them (the suggestions that is, though I will try to read the book as well!).