Okay so I totally forgot about finishing this meme and I don't know if it had a deadline but I don't care. Continuing...
1. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon: This is my all time favorite book series. I usually claim the first book (Outlander) is my favorite of the series but part of me thinks that is just because it is when Jamie and Claire meet and fall in love. There are so many wonderfully dramatic, sweet and touching moments throughout the series that I tell anyone who will listen to read it. I think a lot of the time people don't attempt this series because of the huge books involved but it really is a great series. Of course, you have to like the historical fiction and be willing to get into a time-traveling highlander tale. Why do I love this book? Jamie and Claire. It is really that simple.
2. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: I don't remember why I read this book but I remember not being able to put it down. It is the first in a 3 volume set but the first is the best. There is also a spin off series or two which I have yet to read. They are on my Kindle waiting for me. Still Poison Study was so different for me. I was so into reading romances, actions books and such that this fantasy tale caught me off guard but in the best way.
Yelena kills someone in self-defense but in Ixia there is no excuse for killing someone. Faced with death, Yelena takes the path of life when she's offered the job as foodtaster for the Ixia's ruler the Commander. This gives her the opportunity to live, unravel a plot against the Commander and find love in the most dangerous of places.
3. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon: I like the entire series which is very long but you go a long time reading about Acheron the powerful leader of the Dark-Hunters (Vampires that killed soul sucking Daimons and Demons). He becomes an all consuming mystery and in a stroke of utter genius Kenyon finally gives us Ash's (Acheron) tragic to triumphant tale.
4. Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning: This series is related to KMM's Highlander Series but you needn't read the Highlander Series to read this wonderfully mysterious fantasy about Fae (and not the Tinker Bell kind) who are slowly destroying our world. KMM writes from the POV of the main character MacKayla Lane or Mac who starts out a something of a spoiled Southern girl with blonde hair, perky clothing and perfect nails. The thing is when Mac discovers she's the only thing that can stand between us and the Fae she steps up, reluctantly, and meets a whole host of people that turn her life upside down.
5. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati: Upon first hearing about this book, all I knew was that Claire from Outlander has a brief cameo. I thought that was great and grabbed the book up to read it. Then I discovered it is a sequel to Daniel Dae Lewis's The Last of the Mochicans movie. Not the book. As I've heard the book and movie end very differently and I hated the movie, I didn't hold out too much hope for this book. And yet it surprised me. The story is about Nathaniel Bonner (Hawkeye and Cora's son) and the woman he falls in love with Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is the judge's daughter and upon her marriage gains ownership of the land the Bonner's live on and believe is theirs. To make sure the land stays in their family, Nathanial seriously considers marrying Elizabeth for the land, only he discovers he's rather just have her. Of course, this doesn't stop the adventure that ensues or the rival who wants Elizabeth only for the land. It was a really good read and a book I place on my favorites right along Outlander because I love stories that move through the lives of characters and their families.
6. The Endless Forest by Sara Donati: This is the last book in her Wilderness Series (above book). It was also the best I think. I loved all of them except maybe Queen of Swords. The series goes over Elizabeth and Nathanial's lives and that of their children. There is an weaving of characters you come to know, love and worry about throughout the series. The Endless Forest wrapped up the series nicely and was a beautiful close.
7. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein: I had to add this book. I love Shel's poem books. They are fun and witty. I spent hours as a kid reading them with friends and siblings. I still quote them and read them whenever the mood strikes me. Great for pre-teen kids.
8. Where Rainbows End or Rose Dunne by Cecilia Ahern: I loved P.S. I Love You so much I decided to look into some of her other titles which I haven't been happy with mostly. This one sticks out though as it was a wonderful telling about the relationship between a boy and a girl who are best friends and destined to become more. I don't think I put this book down once and the emotional trip left me empty but so happy by the end.
9. The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall: A struggle for survival during the Bulshevik uprising in Russia. Sofia and Anna are in a work camp because they were once rich. Anna is sick but stay strong by telling Sophia about her childhood and the boy she loved named Vasily. When Anna's illness gets much worse, Sophie escapes, promising Anna that she will bring Vasily and they will save her from the camp. Sophia finally finds herself in the small town where Vasily is supposed to live only he's obviously changed his name. So Sophia has to figure out who is Vasily and when she thinks she's found him, she finds herself falling in love with him.
It is a wonderfully told historical fiction, romance and mystery (who is Vasily). I'm rather looking forward to a sequel if it is forthcoming.
10. P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern: Have you seen the movie? Throw away that version and take a trip to Ireland and experience the story from a better source. The WRITER! This book is a perfect example of the book being far far superior to the movie and I loved the movie. This book makes you laugh, cry and forget the time and that food exists. Try it.
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9. Favorite possession you would take with you to a dessert island
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