This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is favorite Books from Before I joined the online book community. I am fairly new to the online community so you would think this would be fairly easy but no, so many books to choose from and I always hate having to pick favorites, but I will give it my best shot. I tried to pick lesser known books and series as well as ones I really liked.
The Seven Realms series is one of my all time favorites. I love the story, the characters and writing. I also love the world that Cinda has created with interesting types of magic. There is the typical type of magic wielded by wizards and then there is the more natural magic used by the Clans. I also like that the wizards are not necessarily the good guys. Of course I have a special place in my heart for Han Alister, a roguish thief who is meant for greater things. And finally there is a great romance that sweeps through all of the books.
The Curse Workers series by Holly Black. This was one of the first books I read by Holly and I just loved them. They have a great cast of characters with unusual talents. Cassel’s family are conmen with special talents that can change your emotions, your memories, your luck, just by touching you. Cassel does not have any of these talents, so he is trying to get away from his family’s business and just be normal. But strange things start to happen and he starts to have strange dreams. Is he involved in a family con? And those covers are just to die for!
The Ascendence Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen is a middle grade novel, but it has enough going for it that many teens and adults would like it too. The first book reminded me a bit of The Prince and the Pauper, but it is done so well that I was never quite sure if Sage really was the lost prince or not. The ending was a surprise but very well done. The next two books in the series were equally well done.
The Uglies series was pretty popular when it came out, but not so much anymore. I hear talk of a movie every now and then, but nothing yet. It would make an awesome movie or TV series though. Strangely enough the last book in the series, Extras, was my favorite. I really liked the tech with the videos cameras that follow you around, posting your activities to the net, just really spoke to me. Also the fact that everyone’s self worth was based on your face rank (how famous you are) is what is important. I also loved the scene where Aya uses her hover board to follow a train.
Little Brother was the first book I read by Cory Doctorow and it made me a devoted fan. It is one very scary book and should be read by everyone. Not scary in the traditional sense, just very timely in it’s subject matter even now nine years after it came out. The tech is spot on, and I just love the group of teen techno geeks that he has created. It is basically about the government going to far to protect us from ourselves after a terrorist group blows up a bridge in San Francisco. Marcus and his friends are caught up and accused by Homeland Security of knowing something. They are kept for days in an undisclosed prison and when they are released they find their home has become a police state. A small group of students and young adults form a rebellion against the government. This book changed the way I look at government and technology and how it can be abused. If you have not read it, you should. Homeland is a sequel well worth reading as well.
There are five of my favorite books from before I started blogging about them. Be sure to check out the Goodreads page to see other people’s top five books are.