First, a warning: I have more books on my shelves than thoughts in my head on most days. So when I make lists, I have trouble stopping.
Warning #2: Apparently, I must review each book as I list it. Sorry. Habits of a magazine editor never die.
Allll-righty then. Let’s get this listie going, shall we?
AUDIOBOOKS: Unless I say something, all of these are on my still to-be-listened-to list.
— Harry Potter, Goblet of Fire #4 (on hold at library; I just saw my place in line and it is #10, so perhaps if I want to hear them in order within my lifetime, perhaps I ought to just break down and use a credit on this one. (Our library is closed. Returning what you have checked out is on the honour system. People are too overwhelmed to be honourable, methinks, at least about library books, for the time being.) (OH. I have the entire series of audiobooks, except for the last two, on cassette tape, so I have heard those several times already. My cassette player is broken. Hence, restarting the series now.)
— Fool Moon, Harry Dresden Files #2 by Jim Butcher. I actually made it to Book #2 this time! Book #3 is on hold (Fifth in line for the throne, here.)
— The Science of Sci-Fi by Erin MacDonald (heard about it)
— The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Kootnz. I read the book version previously a hundred years ago. (I age well, I suppose.) It too is on hold. I laughed when I saw my queue number: #106. Reason it is so popular is that supposedly this book is eerily prescient with respect to our current situation, and word has spread. I’ll never get it at this rate. I probably have a battered copy around here somewhere.
— Good Omens by the WordMaster. No I have not seen the TV series because I don’t think we get that channel (still figuring out the new TV). I haven’t read the book for some crazy reason. Oh, look. Well now. On hold, #101. OK, let’s use a credit on this one, too. Will be worth it. (The WordMaster for me is Neil Gaiman, if that wasn’t clear from posts elsewhere. There is more than one WordMaster in my world, thank goodness.)
— Stories by Neil Gaiman. Partway through. Love. These are MY bedtime stories.
— Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen (first in a series, I think).
— Into the Wild, Erin Hunter.
— Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glenda Vanderah
— The Obsidian Chamber, A Pendergast novel by Preston & Lincoln
— Joyland by Stephen King
— Alone with the Stars by David Gillham
— Becoming by Michelle Obama
(I thought I had Educated by Tara Westover on there, but I don’t. Where is it?? I wanted to listen to it as well as read it.)
And you get the idea, I like lots of things. As long as they are books, I mean.
BOOKS, any readable format: These are books I have already read and really liked.
Anne Bishop’s books. The Others. This begins with her series The Courtyard Of The Others of 5 books. Read the quintology (?) first in this order: 1—Written in Red, 2—Murder of Crows, 3—Vision in Silver, 4—Marked in Flesh, 5—Etched in Bone. Next up is the pair of books (The World of The Others) which might have a third one in the works: 1—Lake Silence; 2—Wild Country.
Ms. Bishop’s other books: I have read and enjoyed her trilogy, The World of the Fae: 1—The Pillars of The World; 2—Shadows and Light; and 3—The House of Gaian. I have not read her Black Jewels series yet, nor the Ephemera books.
Harry Dresden Files #1: Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Harry Potter, oh just go start at the beginning and work forward from there, OK?
Anything by Charlaine Harris, but start with the first book of her Sookie Stackhouse books, Club Dead. She has other series and books outside of the Sookie books; I really liked the Midnight Crossroads trilogy....however, regarding that trilogy: I loved all of it except the ending in the final book. I can see why she did it, but I HATED one particularly dramatic part of the ending. No spoilers; you will know it when you get there. (The better you know me, the sooner you will see it coming btw.)
Still Life With Crows, Preston & Douglas: I like most of the Pendergast books, some more than others. This one, I really liked. No clue why this one and not some others.
Shannon Mayer’s Rylee Adamson series, both books and related short stories and novellas: Some people say this is “just like” the Toby Daye books. They are wrong. (Opinions? Who, me?) If you want my reasons, see bottom of post.
Cassandra Clare’s ShadowHunter books. So far, 3 inter-related trilogies, with related books and novellas, with the first book of the fourth related trilogy just out. Yes, this is the same as the movies and TV series. I have both books and audiobooks. Movies: There are two, each a different version of the same basic story. One is a British adaptation, which I did not prefer (characters too snobby, strange script choices, weird casting). The other is the USA version, which I liked. TV: A series, The Mortal Instruments, made by the USA folks with the same actors and characters as the movie, for the most part. LOVED the series, hated the last episode because they had to end the series super-fast and super-unexpectedly, so there’s that. As far as the book trilogies go, I have finished two (The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices/Clockwork Angel series) and am almost done with the third (Lady Midnight, etc). I loved Mortal Instruments, started liking Clockwork better than I thought I would (because I strongly, uh, ”do not prefer” steampunk themes). Her characters are delightful, sexy, funny, sad, infuriating, as all good characters ought to be, and they save her from some awkward timeline problems and plot skips.
(knocking off the comments, in favour of getting more books on the list!)
Ursula K LeGuin, Conversations on Writing. Still unopened on my shelf.
Ilona Andrews, Clean Sweep (first in a trilogy)
Ilona Andrews, Magic Bites and so on: AKA The Kate Daniels books. Each book’s title starts with the word “magic” and has one word after it.
On the Edge (Book One) and Bayou Moon (Book Two) by Ilona Andrews again.
Kelly Barnhill, Girl Who Drank the Moon (YA book but a good one)
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. A must-read for creative peeps. Not saying you will like it, but it’s got some interesting good stuff.
N.K. Jemisin, The Broken Earth trilogy. I have not yet read the other trilogies by her, but I am convinced they are probably very good because Nora is just that good.
Under the Dome by Stephen King. Disaster novel, sort of. One small town gets a huge town wide see-through dome, uh, dropped, over them one day. Town starts off not caring much, lalala life goes on....but it goes downhill once they Get It. Dark, but impossible to put down. NOTE: The TV series was very good, but at some point, the plot of the series and the plot of the book are two completely different things. I liked both, the book better simply because it gives so much detail into the characters thoughts and lives.
Pandemic: The Extinction Files Book 1 and the other books by A.G. Riddle. Some are better than others, but all are page-turners.
The Elementals, a series by Shannon Mayer. First book is Recurve. There is a crossover book between this series and the main Rylee Adamson series, I think it is called Elementally Priceless.
Breakthrough and subsequent books by Michael Grumley. I also liked Locked In, but NOT the sequel named something something. Amidst the Shadows is a stand-alone I liked.
Fluency, Confluence Book 1: I loved this book, part of a trilogy by Jennifer Foehner Wells. I have not read the other books yet.
The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd. This may be the most original detective novel I have read in a long time. Fascinating blend of SciF and thriller and mystery.
Night Owls and sequel by Lauren M. Roy: Light-hearted story of supernatural folks who own a bookstore solve a mystery. Love.
Monument 14 books, by Emmy Laybourne, beginning with Monument 14. YA, but sophisticated and a bit dark. Heroes are kids.
Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz. Not what you might think. Very different story of a social misfit with a very unusual and very useful talent that often heralds trouble with a wry sense of humour. I’ve re-read these so many times....and I love the audiobook versions.
Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula winner. Different. Well-researched, mostly. Fascinating.
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters. First book of a trilogy. Really unusual premise. Great.
Any of the Julia Spencer-Fleming mysteries. These are set in the French Canadian part of Canada. Lots of French without translation, I found, but YMMV.
....Want something really dark and apocalyptic? Try the Wool books and stories by Hugh Howey. I could only read these once through, which is very unusual for me, considering I wrote a thesis paper on The Silence of the Lambs.
The Complete Oz Collection, as in Ozma of Oz and all those wonderful books. L. Frank. Baum.
A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett.
Amish Washdays Books: Amish Romance boxed set, books 1—4 by Sicily Yoder. I have read about six romance novels in my entire life. All six of them are set in Amish Land. Whatever gets you through, right?
The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Currie by George MacDonald. Vintage, nearly antique, children’s stories. Not your average fantasy!
The Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (Hey, c’mon, someone may not have heard of these yet!)
aaaaannnnddd I have to stop now, because food.
And guess what. I bought the above book last month and forgot I had it.
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Both the Rylee books and the Toby books are very similar, in that both have protagonists who are youngish women with strange personal stories; both books have humour woven throughout, although the Rylee humour is a bit less sophisticated, shall I say, relying sometimes on physical gag type-stuff while Toby’s humour is dry, wry, and sarcastic, just the way I like it; both involve the supernatural, faeries and trolls and so on; both are a series of adventure/mystery stories told with Rylee or Toby as the Sheroes, solving the problems for everyone. Both have their surrounding cast of weird and amusing friends and allies. Just from a literary standpoint, the Toby Daye books are vastly superior: Maguire has done a TON of research, and does an amazing job of stitching her faeries and whatnot into the larger patchwork of worldwide myths and stories; Toby and her various supporting characters are deeper, better drawn overall, more complex; the writing is Just Plain Better on the Toby side of things; and the Toby books are actually book-length, each and every one. The Rylee books are sometimes shorter than average books. Even side characters have depth in Toby’s world; the stories themselves are much more complex in Maguire’s work. And I could go on with the literary stuff, but I won’t.