I love reading – it’s really that simple. My parents have fostered my love of reading from an early age, to quote my mother: Money spent on books is money well spent.
Some kids have forts built of cardboard boxes; mine was built from books, from Enid Blyton to C.S. Lewis.
These days I’ll read just about anything, but there’ll always be a special place in my heart for fantasy fiction. Through the power of these books, I’m transported into magical new worlds; anything from dystopian futures to ethereal worlds inhabited by elves and dragons.
I find it hard to list my favorite books, it is ever changing, but here are some:
- Sabriel by Garth Nix (garthnix.com). Sabriel is the first of the Old Kingdom series with a strong, yet wonderfully real female protagonist.
- The Scorpio Games by Maggie Stiefvater (www.maggiestiefvater.com). This is a new addition to my list, but the haunting power of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is utterly captivating and you certainly wouldn’t go wrong by checking out her Raven Cycle series either.
- The Blue Sword by Robin Mckinley (robinmckinley.com). I had a hard time deciding between this and another of Robin Mckinley’s books The Hero and the Crown, both feature strong female protagonists, but ultimately the Blue Sword won out, perhaps because it’s the first of her books that I read.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (patrickrothfuss.com). This is a massive and utterly satisfying book, completely impossible to put down. So perhaps don’t start it – as I did – late at night because then you’d been in for a sleepless night… The awesomeness of this book and the related series is shown by how faithful the fans have been despite the long wait to the third and final book.
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (amiekaufman.com). This book is awesome, and is more than just a normal book, it is an interactive experience. The entire story is told through hacked documents including emails, interviews and medical reports. It is wonderfully imaginative with heart-pounding pacing.