Well we spent yesterday with stories about the library and books it seems fitting to discuss my favorite books. So, if you haven’t gathered, I like to read. See my Goodreads, I’m just pretty bad about updating it, but I am hoping that signing up for the Goodreads challenge (100 books in 2012) will keep me updating, I have an app for that.
Today’s Picture set are current WIPs in various stages of not done.
I live in an apartment with a dozen or so bookcases. My mother once asked after I came in with a haul from a book fair if ”I didn’t have enough books”, I don’t really understand what she meant, what is this “enough books” of which she speaks? I have a kindle or I likely would have run out of bookcase space, again. Not that the kindle keeps me from buying books, but it keeps me from buying too many I suppose. And there many books that I am torn between Kindle version or book version. Mostly because I have the first 15 books in that series on my shelf. I have an iPad now, I can buy digital comics. I haven’t yet but we’ll she how long that lasts.
So it’s clear I like a lot of books. What are my favorites? Well that’s a difficult question to answer. But I can talk about things all my favorites have in common.
They’re long, and by long I mean epic. I’m talking Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit + The Simiralion + Unfinished Tales + the History of Middle Earth= What’s this I hear about the Children of Hurin? Long. Once I become invested in a character I want LOTS about them. Comic books tend to make that easy as does fan fiction. You just read No Man’s Land? Want more stories like that? Here are 50 you may enjoy.
So if your book is a series you have a in already. I read stand alones, or you know trilogies that are actually trilogies but the more the merrier. I just started the Stephanie Plum novels, not my usual genre but I have over 15 books to giggle my way through.
Now there’s something different about this world right? I’m talking its the year 3215, the apocalypse happened, vampires, witches, werewolves, dragons, fairies, fey, ghost, ghouls, trolls, aliens, time travel, space, mind reading, zombies, prophecy, amulets, spells, demons, nephilim, angels, elves, halflings, dwarves, new worlds, creatures, gods, weapons, explosions, snark, the apocalypse is about to happen, etc…
Now are you telling me a good story? Are your characters engaging? If a bomb goes off and you change POV do I remember the bomb when we get back? Do you make this thing your own? Whatever on that long long list is yours. I’ve read a lot of vampire novels what makes yours different? The vampires themselves? The world they inhabit? The world’s knowledge/ignorance? Wait you’re a wizard in Chicago – Chicago doesn’t believe in wizards and you have an ad in the yellow pages? Alright I’m reading. It’s always 3am? Street of gods? Bond Titles? Demigods? Straddling two worlds? A town where your taxes are paid at the blood bank? Eastwood Titles? You have my attention.
So some Authors that make it dangerous to Link my Kindle directly to my bank account in no particular order. Patrica Briggs, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Rick Riordan, Kat Richardson, Kate Griffin.
And some authors that it’s likely for the best they aren’t still writing or I would have problem, JRR Tolkin, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, I suppose I can add Neil Gaiman to this list as I own most of his back catalog already, so that damage has been done for now. And because who needs money really, I always take recommendations. So throw those my way.
Knitting books? Oh you mean that entire Shelf I have? It’s mostly stitch dictionaries? And Pattern books, and Teach your self visually X… we’ll talk about that later.