Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sarah's Top Seven Favorite Books

I know. I know! This isn't a top ten list, just a top seven list. I just couldn't think of three more books that I've loved so much they deserve a place on this list.

1. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
 This is my absolute favorite book of all time. Hands down, no holds barred. I've read it at least 10 times since I first found it and it never gets old. My paperback copy of this book is battered and beaten by many readings. I always find a new way of looking at it and seeing Phedre's or Joscelin's motivations. Jacqueline Carey's prose is wordy but pretty, though that may hinder some readers. Despite that, I still highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the fantasy genre.

2. The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One
by Patrick Rothfuss

In November 2009, I was in the Oslo airport waiting for my flight home to Boston. This was a BK (before Kindle) in my life. I'd already read through all of the books I'd brought with me and stuffed them into my checked baggage. I wasn't particularly keen on spending my flight back staring out the window waiting for the time to pass with agonizing airline travel slowness, so I gave the little book kiosk a shot. Obviously, most of the books were in Norwegian but I eventually found the small section of English books. I leafed through several books, reading their first and second pages, but nothing caught my attention. And then I picked up The Name of the Wind, I promptly bought the book and went straight to my gate to start reading. I didn't stop reading until I had to pick up my luggage and head home. It's one of the very few books in my life that I've been so utterly riveted by that the 8 hour journey home from Norway (literally) flew by.

3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
 This is a wonderful collaboration of authors that just has me cracking a smile at the writing in the book. Every couple of years, I pick it up and reread it because I love the witty dialogue.

4. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Not just the first book either, but the entire series to date. Books that cause you to form attachments to some of the character to the point where you're screaming "no!!!! NO!!!" at the end of some of the books is a rare quality indeed. These books, however, are gristly and are not for weak stomachs.

5. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling
The last book was the best by far for me but only because of Rowling's character development of Snape. I'm usually very, very good at catching foreshadowing in books, but Snape's final bit of development took me completely by surprise.

6. Blood and Gold by Anne Rice
Marius was my favorite character of Anne Rice's vampires. An entire book dedicated to his life? No brainer for me!

7. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
It's just a lovely little story that struck a chord with me. I also love the movie.

What are your top 3 favorite books of all time? Let me know in a comment down below!