Yesterday was World Book Day and I asked people to share with me some of their favorite books and why they loved them. Today I wanted to share my top four books and why I love them.
4. Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
This book is the one that started my love of reading and it will always hold a place in my heart. Admittedly it has been a long time since I last read it, but this was the first time I emotionally connected with a character. The first time I shipped a coupling (yes they are cats, don’t judge) and the first time I cried when reading. Also I was reading one of the sequels when I met my best friend.
I’m sentimental. Sue me.
3. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
This book will also hold a place in my heart because it was the first book that I picked up that wasn’t a Warriors book, my dad gave me it to read when I complained about waiting for the next Warriors book to come out. Being the first time I ventured into science fiction and started thinking about the construction of stories. It didn’t pull my heart strings the same way Warriors did but it gave me a heroin that I loved, and inspired me. I ignore the books after the first three, because those just frustrate me as a reader.
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
It’s a little unfair because it’s kind of the whole series that takes this spot. These books are my Harry Potter. The characters I grew up with. The book series gave my favorite author. These books told a story that made me laugh and gave me a world that I love to revisit. I have all the love for these books and the way they are written. They are able to retell Greek mythology uniquely while staying true to the source material. I named my mom’s cat after one of the characters in this series.
1. Gracling by Kristin Cashore
My number one, I named my cat after this book (It’s high praise okay?). I was given Katsa, she is the first character I felt like I saw myself in. As small as it is in that tiny detail about Katsa personality, I felt seen and taken seriously. I will always recommend this book, the story is beautiful and rich. A world that I genuienly enjoy diving back into. The kind of fantasy adventure I want. Thinking about it makes me want to re-read it. I might have to do that.
Why didn’t I do five? Honestly I have a lot of books I appreciate for different reasons but never in a way that I can rank them over each other. These four have never left this list and I can order them fairly. It will take a lot to bump them off.
Honorable Mentions go to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. These books would all sit at number three but that’s not how lists work. So they go here because I love them equally but for different reasons.
But don’t let the book love end because its not World Book Day anymore, keep sharing your favorites with me and why you love them!