Thursday, May 27, 2010

Favorite Books

I received an anonymous comment on my last entry, asking me to post a list of my favorite books. Because I'm a sucker for reading, and for coercing people to read books I love, I was more than happy to oblige! These books are my absolute favorites, or ones I've really enjoyed. Some of the YA books are ones I've loved since I was a kid, and I'm not ashamed to admit I still read them.

These are in no particular order.

The Cheney Duvall series by Lynn & Gilbert Morris
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Staggerford by John Hassler
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Timeline by Michael Crichton

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
Harry Potter by JKR
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Shade's Children by Garth Nix
Secrets of the Nile (Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys) by Carolyn Keene
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One Last Wish series by Lurlene McDaniel

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Whores on the Hill by Colleen Curran
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Line by Terri Hall
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

What are some of your favorites?


  1. You mentioned a bunch of my favourites, but three of my all time favourites weren't on your list:

    Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Paper Towns by John Green

    If you haven't read them, you should (with Jellicoe Road, it's confusing at first but totally worth it and the summary doesn't do the book justice at all). <3

  2. It was such a treat to find my book, "Daughter of the Game," on your list, with so many other wonderful books. Thank you!

  3. Tracy, you are so very welcome! I read your book a while ago, and have never been able to get it out of my head. B&N never has it when I actually have money, but one of these days I'll just order it online. I've been dying to reread it again (for the forth time, I think). You're incredibly talented, and it means a lot you'd even take the time to comment on my little ol' blog. Thank you for making my day :-)

  4. Thank you for making my day, Sammy! If you ever do order it, "Daughter of the Game" was released in trade "Secrets of a Lady", with a few minor tweaks about about 15 new pages of letters between the characters. As you may know, "Beneath a Silent Moon" is a prequel to "Daughter of the Game," and my new book, "Vienna Waltz" (April 2011) is essentially the story of Charles & Mélanie at the Congress of Vienna, though they have different names. There's tons more info, including more letters between the characters ("Fraser Correspondence") on my website -

    Thanks again!!!

  5. I follow your site pretty religiously :-) I have to say, Beneath a Silent Moon has a GORGEOUS cover! And I am eagerly awaiting Vienna Waltz. I love Melanie's character so much. It'll be nice to see more of her and Charles together.

  6. Great to know you follow the site! As I'm sure you know too, blogging takes a lot of time--it's so nice to realize people are reading one's efforts :-). I've had a lot of beautiful covers, but the trade one for "Beneath a Silent Moon" is a blend of history, suspense, and romance that I think perfectly captures my books. I should be getting the cover art for "Vienna Waltz" soon--I'm really excited to see it!

    I'm so glad to hear you like Mélanie. I think "Vienna Waltz" brings out some really interesting sides of her and Charles and their relationship. I learned some new things myself!

  7. Thank you so much for posting your favorites! I will definitely be looking into some of these books!:D

  8. Lanna - I've been meaning to check out Looking for Alaska. I'll have to do that this summer.

    Anonymous - You're welcome! Glad I could help.

  9. Hey, it's Marie, too lazy to go through the process of getting blogspot to recognise my LJ username. *huge sigh*

    Anyway! MOCKINGJAY!!! OMG. I am DYING for that book. You did a very good thing when you told me I absolutely had to read it. I'll love you forever.