Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Asha in Time by Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney - Book Picks
Hi Nicole and Books Complete Me followers!
Posting about my favorite books is so much more challenging than I thought it would be. I’m one of those people. I’m sure you know them and equally sure many of you are one of them; one of those people who just read, read, and read like it’s an addiction. I have so many favorite books that I could go on forever about ones that have impacted my life. I’m really trying my best here not to rant about them all.
First off, I have to mention Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. The first time I read this book I admit that I wasn’t sold. It was violent, it was a bit tortured, and the main character was so strange. Yet, I’ve returned to it many times, and each time I read it I appreciate it more. It is as far from your regular, run of the mill werewolf story as can be. I love the book’s honesty and that werewolf society is shown as a social group with its own set of norms and mores. They are, clearly, not human.
The second book that is right up there in my top most visited reads is Ella March Chase’s The Virgin Queen’s Daughter. I was sucked into this book the first time I read it and experience that each time I reread. The main character is so very real. Her thoughts and emotions are relatable even though she is supposedly the daughter of one of the greatest, most powerful women to ever live. You could just sense the enormous amount of research that went into this book which provided a realism that few books have.
ext on my list would have to be Black Ships by Jo Graham. This was the first of Ms. Graham’s novels that I read, and I was in love immediately. She spins a story so well you can taste what the characters taste, see what they see when the look out over the prow of the ship. Her love stories are so complex, and as a reader you never really know who or what you’re rooting for. I think that’s really fantastic.
Finally, I have to mention Michelle Moran’s The Heretic Queen and Cleopatra’s Daughter. Ms. Moran has a way of describing ancient Egypt that is so easy to understand and so enchanting. Her characters are always the woman one wants to be; beautiful, courageous, full of life, educated. She helped cement my interest in ancient Egypt and increased its majesty for me.
Although I could go on, for your sakes, I won’t. We can all see the pattern that my reading takes. I like strong female leads, a lot of action, and a little romance in my books. I read a lot of historical, but I stray from the genre often.
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