For this week’s prompt, I chose my favorite books that are set on or by the sea. All of these are BIG FAVORITES of mine. I especially love books that are set during a long ocean voyage.
In no particular order:
- The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip (fantasy)
- Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian (historical fiction)
- The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin (fantasy)
- The Lonely Sea by Alistair MacLean (short stories)
- The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan (fantasy)
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (historical fiction)
- The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells (fantasy)
- The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (fantasy)
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (fantasy)
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The actual prompt for today was “Books I Decided to DNF Too Quickly,” but I don’t know if there are books I regret not finishing because
So instead, I will tell you about 10 difficult or frustrating books that I almost gave up on, but I’m glad I didn’t.
- The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser: It’s Middle English poetry, it took me 84 years to read, but it’s a compelling story with a lot of weird bits, plus I met Britomart, dashing and competent lady knight of my heart.
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque: This novel set in World War I is a real downer, but it made me think and gave me more perspective on a big event in history.
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs: The writing style rubbed me nerves right raw, but I learned a lot and found out about a lot of really important ladies that I would never otherwise know about.
- Deerskin by Robin McKinley: If I had known what I was getting into, I never would have read it. Some really dark trauma happens to the protagonist, and there’s some oddly-slow bits in the middle, but overall it’s a tremendous story, it’s brilliantly crafted, and the way the main character empowers herself and overcomes is wonderful to watch.
- Herb Caen’s San Francisco: 1976-1991: I got this book for 25 cents somewhere, read it for the lolz, and I learned a lot about San Francisco local history and culture.
- Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link: I got this book solely for the Sarah Rees Brennan story, but there were a lot of other gems in this collection.
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (volume 1): Okay, so full disclosure is that I haven’t finished this series yet. I’ve read the first two and to be honest I’m amazed that I’ve gotten that far considering how dark and horrific it is. But it’s just so good? and I love the characters? And I want to read more? It’s confusing. Damn it, Neil.
- Inheritance by Christopher Paolini: I almost didn’t finish this series because it is wild and free and had a really long release schedule, but overall I’m glad I stuck with it.
- God-Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert: Part of me wants to take a pair of scissors and cut out chapters worth of philosophizing that the characters in this novel get up to, but the rest of me thinks this book is a trip and I loved every word of it.
- Middlemarch by George Eliot: This book is one of my favorites ever, and I don’t think I was ever in danger of NOT finishing it, but it is insanely long and it took me months to finish it. I’m glad I put the work into it.
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I saw that this was the prompt for this week and I HAD TO DO IT. One thing I noticed while putting together this list is that often the best names in books, from a functional standpoint, are the most simple; a long, beautiful name can be distracting and/or hard to pronounce. But on the other hand, those long beautiful names can be so fun!
Here are my top 10 favorite character names (from books):
- Misty of Chincoteague. As a kid one of the first proper names I ran to figure out how to pronounce was Chincoteague. I still love saying it and reading it. Plus, the horse is called Misty. This just a genius combination and I don’t care if you disagree, you are wrong.
- Betsy-Tacy. Besty and Tacy are such epic BFFs that they go by a single name, and I love it.
- Rodian Romanovitch Raskolnikov. I mean, if you’re going to have a moral breakdown and murder an old lady with an ax, you might as well have as epic a name as possible.
- Kamala Khan. It really rolls off the tongue and can sound both cute and badass (which is impressive, just like Kamala).
- Fai D. Flowright. It’s ridiculous and flowery, just like Fai. But appearances can be deceiving!
- Tristen Conn. Elizabeth Bear is the one of the best at beautiful and usable character names.
- Jane Fairfax. I love all Jane Austen names equally but Jane Fairfax is my favorite.
- Atomic Robo. I sometimes enjoy names that teach you about the character’s key physical traits. Plus Atomic Robo is simply fun to say.
- Newland Archer. Nobody does illustrative names like 19th century authors. Edith Wharton’s are more fun than, say, Thomas Hardy’s or Henry James.
- Winnie-the-Pooh. There is no reason on God’s green earth that a name like “Winnie-the-Pooh” should work, and yet it does.
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I know, I know, I haven’t done Top Ten Tuesday for ages, but I really wanted to look at books coming out next year and pick the ones I’m most excited for.
In order of release date:
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim (1/2): the sequel to Timekeeper, a steampunk debut I loved!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (1/2): HOLLY BLACK WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
The Descent of Monsters/To Ascend to Godhood by JY Yang (I’m not completely sure on release dates?): I adore this fantasy series which starts with The Black Tides of Heaven.
Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (1/30): I loved the first volume of this graphic novel series, centered on an android named Iko.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (3/27): One of the first books coming out from Rick Riordan’s new imprint!
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (4/24): I loved his debut novel, Last Seen Leaving, and this mystery/thriller sounds awesome.
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (5/8): The first Murderbot book, All Systems Red, was one of my favorite 2017 reads!
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (5/8): THIS SERIES IS THE BEST!!!!!
Alliances by Timothy Zahn (6/26): THRAWWWWWWN
The Golden Tower by Cassandra Clare/Holly Black (9/?): The final book in the Magisterium series.
When I pick up a book that I know nothing about, what things on the cover, blurb, or in the pages immediately draw me in and make me want to read it?
- Competency: I love me some competency, whether it’s at politicking, face-punching, or basket-weaving. Example: anything by Timothy Zahn
- Dragons: especially shape-shifting dragons! Examples: the Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- Moral person thrown into court intrigue: Best when mixed with 1 and 2. Example: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- Beauty and the Beast retellings: I mean, I really like fairy tale retellings in general, but I’m a sucker for B&B. Example: Beauty by Robin McKinley
- Bodyguards: I will drop everything to read any sort of bodyguard story. Just accept it. Example: King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (although I would love that book anyway)
- Hate-to-love romance: Typical, I know, but they’re just always so entertaining. Example: the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
- Victoriana with magic: I don’t care for historical fiction, but I love adding magic to a historical era and seeing what happens – especially Victorian England or Regency England. Example: A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
- Complex family stories where they fight but also love and support each other: especially if romance is secondary and as long as the characters are well-drawn. Example: Sarah Dessen’s books
- Banter: If someone throws quotes at me from a book that make me laugh, I am very likely to pick it up to read myself. Example: anything by Sarah Rees Brennan
- School stories: especially if its fantasy but really any as long as it’s about making friends and following your dreams (although what’s confusing about this is that I don’t care much for Harry Potter). Example: Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce
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If given the chance, I’d like to take the following authors out for a cup (or five) of coffee:
- Diana Wynne Jones. Filed under: Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda
- J.R.R. Tolkien. Filed under: I Have Prepared A List of Questions Do You Have a Few Hours To Spare?
- The Brontes. Filed under: Any Of Them
- Henry James. Filed under: Are You Single (Asking For a Friend)
- Edith Wharton. Filed under: Marry Me
- Mary Shelley. Filed under: Bring Percy and Byron and Keats and We Can Have An Orgy
- Rosemary Sutcliff. Filed under: Mess Me Up My Dear Rosemary
- Christopher Marlowe. Filed under: Just Don’t Tell Will
- Mary Renault. Filed under: I Want To See Your Head Explode When I Call Alexander The Great a Genocidal Megalomaniac
- Dorothy Sayers. Filed under: Dorothy Deserved Better 2017
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This week’s prompts was “All about the visuals” whether it be comic books, graphic novels, picture books, etc etc. After way too much thought and much too long of a list, I settled on my top 10 favorite manga. Please note: not the top 10 best manga I’ve ever read, simply MY FAVORITES. Tl;dr don’t fight with me about the quality, I like what I like the end.
- Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa: “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles!” Besides being a phenomenal story and brilliantly crafted, I want to hug it to pieces. Filed under: Science And Municipally-Approved Books, Found Family
- Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya: It’s like a love story except there’s twelve of them and friendship conquers all also they turn into animals????? Filed under: Formative Literature, Squad Goals
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP: Time-travel space-travel adventure of my heart tbh Filed under: Too Many Clones, Too Many Feels
- Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori: It’s like a love story except there’s six of them and they think she’s a boy at first but then she’s not but they would die for each other and also they like to wear costumes and role play???? Filed under: It’s PG I Swear, Funniest Stories
- Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki: This one is really rewarding to reread – there is a lot going on and a lot of threads that are set up early and carry through. Filed under: I’m Upset About A Lot of Dead Historical Rebels, Found Family
- Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata: It’s like a love story except- oh wait no it’s not a love story, it’s a death story, Light, please stop, what, wait what are you doing no oh no that’s a lot of blood. Filed under: Hugs for All, Things I Shouldn’t Love As Much As I Do
- D.N. Angel by Yukiri: Fair warning, I’m pretty sure this series is on indefinite hiatus. But it’s still one of my favorite stories about teens. Filed under: Disguises Galore, Thieves With Hearts of Gold
- Tactics by Sakura Kinoshita: This is another one on indefinite hiatus. TokyoPop’s demise ruined my manga upbringing, basically. Everything I know about Japanese folklore I learned from this series. Filed under: Oh No I Love Everyone So Much, Why Am I Crying Again
- Tokyo Babylon by CLAMP: This one is set up as an episodic romcom and then suddenly Plot Twist and it turns into a murderous rampage leading up to the apocalypse and I love it with all the tiny black monsters of my tarred soul. Filed under: Why Am I Crying Again, Perfection
- Ghost Hunt by Shiro Inada: Sometimes I forget how much I love ghost stories, and then I read something like Ghost Hunt and experience pure joy while clever characters investigate hauntings and try not to get murdered. Filed under: Be Safe, That Guy is Probably Dead the Whole Time
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