• Favorite Books Ever

    My Favorite Historical Fiction Books

    *This is my last post in my “Favorites” series. I’ve really enjoyed putting these lists together. I can’t wait for the end of the year to do my favorite and least favorite books from 2019. It will be interesting to see my reading trends as well. Anyway, here are my favorite historical fiction novels.

    I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. I’m not sure why because it’s something that I really enjoy. I love the ones that span years and have interconnected stories between characters past and present. This list is short but I have loved all of these books.

    The list:

    Anne of Green Gables
    By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    I read this entire series in middle/high school and I loved them. I loved reading about all of Anne’s shenanigans and how she and Gilbert finally fell in love and got married. I think this is a wonderful series and I can’t wait to read them again.

    Wuthering Heights
    By Emily Brontë

    I read this book a long time ago. I was probably way too young to understand what was going on. And the language is pretty hard to understand. That being said I still remember loving the book.

    Homegoing
    By Yaa Gyasi

    This book. Just. I love it soooo much. I read the whole thing in one day and I could not put it down. The way the character’s stories connect is so amazing. I felt like I finally got some culture in my life with this book. I love reading about all different kinds of things that happened in the past. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know. I’m ashamed that it took me this long to learn them. It’s so important to know our history to understand what’s going on now in our culture. This book was eye opening and I recommend it to everyone who loves historical fiction.

    All the Light We Cannot See
    By Anthony Doerr

    Another book I loved and can’t wait to read again. I know I read it way too fast, but the story was so good! It took the author, like, 10 years to write this book so it’s basically literature perfection. I plan to snuggle up with it again in the new year.

    Labyrinth
    By Kate Mosse

    This is the first book in her Langudoc trilogy. I read this when I was in high school and I loved it. The love story is so beautiful. I really enjoy books that have characters connected over hundreds of years. I love making all of the connections between them. I’ve read the second book, Sepulchre and the third book, Citadel is patiently waiting on my shelves for me.

    This list needs to be longer!

    That’s my list of favorite historical fiction. Like I said, I don’t read a lot of it, but when I do I really enjoy it. I prefer the meaningful stuff and not the dime a dozen stuff that authors put out like spam. The bigger the book the more likely I am to pick it up. I don’t know why I think this but I feel that if the book is longer than 400 pages it’s probably a good book. This isn’t always true, but most of the time it works out for me.

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. Do you read historical fiction? What’s a recent one you loved? Let me know in the comments!

  • Bookish Lists,  Favorite Books Ever

    Favorite Sci-fi Books Ever

    *I am relatively new to the sci-fi genre but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. There isn’t a lot that appeals to me in this genre but the ones I have read I’ve really enjoyed. Some of these books are more paranormal but I count them as sci-fi as well as space themed books.

    The Passage
    By Justin Cronin

    I read The Passage years ago and it really stuck with me. I’m not sure why because it’s a bit freaky in places. I can’t read them after dark because everything bad happens after dark in the book. My favorite book in the series was The City of Mirrors. I will probably read them again in the future.

    Skyward
    By Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of my favorite books ever! I love this book so much. I love Spensa and her crew. I love the premise of this book. I am so looking forward to the sequel!

    Lifel1k3
    By Jay Kristoff

    This book knocked my socks off! The plot twist at the end made me go “what the heck??”. It was so good. The sequel, Dev1at3 I was not as much a fan of. I felt a little let down. It was still good, I just didn’t really see the point to it.

    Aurora Rising
    By Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

    This is a hilarious, but still serious book about a misfit crew of new space cadet grads. It has Lord of the Rings references, what more do I need to say?

    The Illuminae Files
    By Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

    This series is everything! I loved it so much! I think that everyone should read these regardless of your favorite genre.

    The Raven Boys
    By Maggie Steifvater

    I have sadly only read the first book in this series. But it was amazing! I actually expected to hate it when I picked it up but I ended up loving it. As soon as I can buy the next book I will pick it back up again.

    The Bone Season
    By Samantha Shannon

    This is one of my top series ever. I love it so much! There are so many amazing things about this series. I love the idea of this world even though it’s really scary. Also anxiety inducing. But it’s so good.

    Uglies
    By Scott Westerfeld

    This is dystopian but I don’t think that’s really a genre. It’s a science fiction in my book. (ha. see what I did there?) I reread the first 3 books earlier this year and I really enjoyed them. I wasn’t expecting to because they are geared toward a younger age group but I found them to be entertaining.

    Mirage
    By Somaiya Daud

    I didn’t know this was a science fiction when I got this in one of my Owlcrate boxes but I really liked it. I am (im)patiently waiting for the sequel to be released.

    A Great and Terrible Beauty
    By Libba Bray

    Another paranormal series but I feel that it falls within the science fiction genre. I reread the first book a few months ago and I liked it. I remember the next two books being much better. I hope to reread those soon as well.

    The Circle
    By Ted DekKer

    These are some of the most complex science fiction books I’ve ever read. They are mind blending (yes, blending, as in your brain will turn to mush trying to sort it all out) inter-dimensional adventures. The stakes are high in this series. Ted also wrote a companion series for the YA audience called The Lost Books. I actually recommend all of Ted’s books if you love sci-fi thriller adventures.

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. What are some of your favorite science fiction books? I would love to know!