Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to my second addition to the weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, jump on over and check out the links to other great blogs that participate. This week’s question is: Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in X Genre. I chose paranormal because it is the genre I love most, although I will have two special mentions at the end that don’t exactly fit into the paranormal world but I adored them too much not to include them in a list of favorite books.
My 10 favorite paranormal books (or series, cause sometimes I just couldn’t narrow it down to one book) :
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Alright don’t hate or yell at me all you Twilight haters out there. I have to include this book in this list because for me it was the gateway drug that introduced me to the world of paranormal books. We could not keep this book on the shelf when I started working for my library and one Friday, about 15 minutes before closing it was returned with no holds for it. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and started to read a few pages. Decided to check it out and consumed the whole series in under two weeks. I have yet to grow tired of paranormal books and my thanks goes to Ms. Meyers.
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: My second pick on the list was a turning point for me. It opened up a world of paranormal books that are for adults, are well written, and complex. Surprising enough after I read this book I have yet to reread the Twilight series again, huh…kinda ruined it for me. I love how history is woven into this story, the fight of good over evil and the settings. I also love Matthew, he is probably my biggest book boyfriend crush that I have, sigh. The last book in this series comes out in July, while I can’t wait, I also don’t want it to end.
- Guardian’s Grace by Jacqueline Rhoades: This book was an introduction to self publish independent authors for me. It is well written and has a great plot. It reminds me of many of the big name authors that I love. This book helped introduce me to a world of authors that don’t get a lot of publicity because they are without the backing of a major publisher, but their books are still fun reads that I adore. This book helped teach me to look outside the box to find books that I love.
- Asheron and Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon: These books were a tie for me, and they are really the telling of the same events (kinda) from two different perspective, so I’m cheating and making them both #4. I LOVE SHERRILYN KENYON, I wonder if I can find that on a bumper sticker someplace… I have yet to read a book that I didn’t love by this author. Alright there were two, but we won’t mention Retribution and Time Untime… This author writes a tortured hero like nobody else. I often ask myself ‘What happen to you in your past to put your characters through so much?’ Just when you think she can come up with nothing worse she releases another book and proves you wrong.
- Moon Called by Patricia Briggs: This pick represents the complete Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. Now I had read Werewolf stories before this one, but the first book in this series really made me question my preferace of Vamps over Weres. I loved this world and devoured the series in under two week, including the spin off series. I wanted to crawl into this world and live with Mercy and Anna. It was a great series and a step outside of my normal comfort zone that made we want to start exploring different angles of the paranormal genre.
- First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones: Alright confession time. I just finished this book this weekend. I am including it on this list because I loved it, check out my review post here. Part of the reason I tried this book is because of book #5 on my list. I thought if I enjoyed the Weres so much maybe I should check out a world centered around a Grim Reaper. I laughed, I cried, I was surprised and had a great time reading this book. It was a great mix of humor and drama.
- Moon Dance by J.R. Rain: Really this is for all the Vampire for Hire series. This is another independent author that I love, probably #2 of my list of indie authors. Book in this series are on my auto buy list because they are such fun. These are P.I. stories written by an author that used to be a private investigator, so they feel very authentic. It is also one of the rare times where it is a male author writing a series centered around a female character that is really well done. I really like Samantha Moon, you almost wish you could live next door to her and be BFFs. The series is also a nice mix of humor and drama.
- A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands: This is one of the selections of it is more for the Argeneau series as a whole. I believe I mentioned in a post someplace that I enjoy both darker and lighthearted paranormal books. The Argeneau series by Ms. Sands is one of my lighthearted side favorites. The books are a hoot. Funny, silly chick lit where you know the hero and heroine are going to ride off into their H.E.A together. Sometimes her books have a more serious undertone, but they are all about a love story. Some times we all need to just read something that we know is going to make us happy and Ms. Sand’s books do that for me.
- Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper: This is another selection where the first in series is representing the series as a while, in this case the Jane Jameson series and its spin off. This is another series from the lighter side of paranormal. They are love stories, I guess they would be called paranormal romance. This is a fun series that had me cracking up constantly. The characters are a hoot and it is a nice world to get lost in when you need to smile and just get caught up in an outrageous adventure with a wise cracking heroine.
- Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz: Thought I would end the list with one more YA entry since I do read both YA and Adult novels and series. This was a great paranormal series for me. It was a world that combined both my love of Vamp and Angel series into one complex world with a fight of good over evil. It is a finish series and I though it wrapped up nicely. I was sad to see it end but happy it went out on a good note instead of dragging out forever and destroying everything I loved about the series.
Alright now for my special mentions. I considered both of these books and decided they didn’t really fit into the paranormal genre, they are more fantasy or just romance with a little something extra.
Bonus #1 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: I loved this book, it was simply a beautiful story. Confusing at times, but the last section of the books I finished in tears, I still get teary when I think of the last line of the book. So heart wrenchingly sad.
Bonus #2 The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson: If you have not read this book, do so. It is dark and beautiful and complex and beautiful and dark and… When I finished this story, in tears again, I was just like WOW. This is the only book by this author and it took him 10 years to write. This story and its two main characters just had me captivated. It is not really a ‘happy’ tale or even a pleasant one, a few pages I had to turn away because of the graphic descriptions. But it is so worth it. It is probably the most beautiful story about love I have ever read. Love for another and love for oneself. If you only read one of the books I ever review or recommend I hope it is this one. As I look over the reviews I see that most people either loved it or hated it, if you read it I hope you love it. I did.
So here is my addition to Top Ten Tuesday. Have you read any of these books? Do any of them sound interesting to you?