Tuesday, April 23, 2013

52 Lists Week 16 - List Your Favorite Books...

Oh dear...where to begin with this list...

Ever since my boyfriend got me a Nook two Christmases ago I have read so much more and it has filled my heart with such supreme happiness that I wish I could read all day long. But my love for reading didn't start there. I've been a lover of literature for as long as I can remember. This is another list that could go on for days for me...

Mooreaseal from her awesome 52 List Project wanted us to take a deeper look at our favorite books and see if possibly there was a connection. My list...yes definitely. I think it shows that I have a vivid imagination and like to get lost in a fantasy world for a day or two. Sometimes the real world is stressful and I think I gravitate towards the supernatural to unwind a little. No wonder I'm drawn to writing about fantasy and science fiction too. Another theme I'm noticing is that there is always a strong female lead that I get lost in when I'm reading. I almost feel like I am her, fighting the inner battles.  With the exception of Gatsby. There is a line amongst it's pages about "I hope my daughter is a fool". That quote has made me learn what NOT to be in my life, and it deserves a post of it's own one day. I also like books about the past. I've always been told I'm an old soul so it's a learning experience every time. I'm recently reading a whole bunch of victorian romance novels and it seems I just can't get enough of them! =)

Hmmm...Let's see here...

#1 - Dracula by Bram Stoker
#2 - Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
#3 - And then there were None by Agatha Christie
#4 - The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

#5 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#6 - Bared to You by Sylvia Day
#7  - The Help by Kathryn Stockett
#8 - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

#9 - Julie & Julia - by Julie Powell
#10 - The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
#11 - Lies my Teacher Told me - James W. Loewen
#12  - The Complete Works of Emily Dickinson

#13 - Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
#14 - Sunshine by Robin Mcklinley (A surprisingly good vampire story)
#15 - Wuthering Heights  by Emily Bronte
#16 - Unmasqued  - An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of Opera - Colette Gale

Some of these titles you may have heard of before and others not. If you have any questions about these novels don't hestitate to ask. I've read each and everyone at least twice. Yes twice & I have to say Dracula is probably my favorite book ever. The structure of the story is amazingly different and it's NOT told by the conventional characters as seen by the movie. It's mostly narrated through diary entries of a Dr. Seward, who is in the 1994 I think movie, but it's more of the case study of events from Reinfield's doctor. It's truly fascinating. 

Another one of my favorites I forgot to put is Phillip K. Dick's Bladerunner novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep". It's also one of my favorites! =)

From creating this list it has dawned on me that I haven't read many classics. I need to change that. Depending on what high school you went to, you read certain books. Somehow I got through high school never having to read The Cather in the Rye or books like 1984. I did not like Animal Farm (I know I'm like the only one) but I think I need to grab a reading list or two from the HS summer reading list and see what I can enlighten myself with! =)

I'd love to hear!

As always on Tuesdays, Linking up with MOOREASEAL's 52 List Project. 

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  1. Oh I love Sunshine! That is definitely on my list. Now as for my to read list (which I find to be a lot longer than my favorites list) is Interview with the Vampire, as I do love that story.

  2. We have very similar tastes in books, I think. I have read and enjoyed many of the books on your list.

  3. The Time Traveler's Wife is my favorite book, but I hated Eat Pray Love! I didn't read any of the others.

    1. oh wait I did read poisonwood bible - loved it - and the great gatsby - don't really remember it.

    2. To be honest if I hadnt' seen the movie Eat Pray Love first I think I would have given up on it. It moved just so slow through Italy and India. The extra EXTRA details were so drawn out that I think it took away from the book. But I'm a sucker for a spiritual self discovery story and I just loved the romantic aspect of it all!

  4. I love books but it's so sad that in the past two years I haven't had the time to read as much as I liked. I love Marion Zimmer Bradley and her take on the Arthur legends. Mists of Avalon is one of my all time favorite books! I also loved The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan.

  5. i have so many books that i love! my most recent was a series by Justin Cronin called The Passage and The Twelve. the 3rd book is coming out next year (arrggh!). i also love Perks of a Wallflower.

    i'm going to get some of the books you recommended; thanks for sharing!

  6. I must get around to reading The Help - I loved the film so I'll have to see how much the two compare. I love Jane Eyre and all of Daphne du Mauriers work - especially Rebecca that book is timeless.

  7. I love that you definitely have a favorite "type" of book. I will say that I don't agree with you on The Great Gatsby. Maybe it's because I haven't read it in years, but when I read it last, I found it boring.

    But bring on Vampire books, baby!

  8. I love House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Other than that, I love all of Vonnegut's books. Randomly, I love the "Hope they serve beer in hell" series of books. I like random things that don't seem to go together, I guess.

  9. I totally need to add a few of these to my Goodreads list.

  10. I love reading . Though it has been a while since I last read a book .
    My favourite one is The Last Song ( It has become a movie too) & other romantice and mystery type :)
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  11. Great picks! Is Harry Potter allowed in? :)

    1. Somehow I just couldn't get into the Harry Potter books. I know, tragic. I loved the movies though!!

  12. You have so many of my favorite books on this list already! I love Gatsby, Dracula, and Emily Dickinson. My all-time favorite is 1984 -- I'm a huge Orwell fan.

    I like that you included newer books on this. So many people like to limit their favorites to classics only, and, let's be honest, those aren't always good, haha.

  13. I have read a bunch of those books in your list, we have similar tastes! My favorite one from there is The Time Traveler's Wife- I seriously wept like my heart broke at the end of it. It was a total disaster haha. Have fun reading :D

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  14. I loved some many of your picks! Time Travelers Wife was such a great read!

  15. My favorite book lately is Girls In White Dresses :) I think Jennifer Close writes it? It's so good.

    xo Ashley

  16. I love anything by Christie and The Great Gatsby was an amazing read!!!

  17. my husband and i are both reading gatsby together before the movie comes out!

  18. The Help and Julie & Julia were GREAT movies so I'm excited to see how the books are...wonderful list!!

    14th & Peachtree

  19. What a great list! Definitely adding some of these to my to-read shelf! I am right there with you on the classics. I went to three different high schools and yet, somehow never got assigned to read most of the classics. Oh, and ditto Animal Farm. I would rather snort fresh brewed coffee than ever read that book again!


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