Apparently it is international book week this week, whether or not that is true, it is a fantastic opportunity to think a bit about books! 🙂 I will never say no to that.
I thought I would take this wonderful chance to consider my favourite fictional books and list them below.I also thought it would be interesting to list why I enjoy these books so much.
1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
As everyone knows, this literature masterpiece is flawless and in every way completely amazing. Not only are the characters absolutely realistic, Tolkien also managed to draw the reader into the story and allow them to become part of the adventure. I believe it to be one of the greatest works of fiction to ever be written, if not the greatest.
2. Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
This is one of the only books I have read that left me completely emotionally drained, and gave me cause to finish a whole box of tissues as I couldn’t put it down, through work hours and nighttime until it was done. Skillfully written and full of emotion. Might be a little too much on the battle plans, nobles and strategies, it gets a bit confusing, but these slightly ‘boring’ parts are worth it to get to the rest of the book. Very inspiring read.
3. Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
This is one of those books that you can’t put your finger on the one thing that makes you love it, it is not epic or swashbuckling, but there is something about it that I absolutely adore. Maybe it is the sincerity of the characters, maybe the magic of the setting, but it is probably of all of them together. A beautiful book that was crafted with much love and care.
4. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
6. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
7., 8, 9 and 10, all by Juliet Marillier as well – Wolfskin, Son of the Shadows, Wildwood Dancing, and Shadowfell. (I love all her books! But have to leave some space for others.)
Juliet Marillier is one of my favourite authors as her style is flawless and similar in composition to a masterpiece by a master artist. She weaves a tale so intriguing that it is almost physically impossible to put the book down. Her characters are realistic and wonderful to connect with and her stories are absolutely enchanting. The only problem is waiting for the next one to come out when you have read all of the others twice or more. 🙂
11. The Sea Wolf by Jack London
Jack London’s work is often sad and at times a bit repetitive and dull, but with ‘White Fang’, ‘Call of the Wild’ and ‘Sea Wolf’ he managed to create a unique and interesting story filled with nail-biting conflict and true-to-life experiences. His stories are stuffed with adventure and although Sea Wolf is a bit of a dark read – it is well worth it.
12. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Francine Rivers managed to create a brilliant retelling of an age-old Biblical story. You fall in love with the characters and can really relate to what they are feeling. Wonderful piece of literature.
13. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
A touching story about an extremely brave horse and his devoted owner. This is a book that also caused me to cry, once in public which was rather embarrassing, but there is a reason, for it is written in a sincere, heartfelt manner and full of true friendship and acts of loyalty. Any person who knows horses and how their hearts work will enjoy this book.
14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This is one of those classics that spans time. Charlotte Bronte created believable characters and a story-line that is timeless. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Rochester, and I doubt anyone could. Rochester does go off a bit at times, but it all adds to the emotional tension and buildup of the story. Strong Christian morals also dominate the book, making it an inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable read.
15. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I was a little sceptical about reading these after I heard a lot of going on about the gruesome storyline. I took the chance and was wonderfully surprised, it is one of the best books I have read in years. I couldn’t put them down and finished them all in the space of a week. The end of Mocking Jay was very disappointing, but otherwise, all three books were completely intriguing, interesting and finely crafted with great attention to detail.
16. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Magical books filled with adventure and wonder. These books span generations. I first read Narnia when I was about 10, and still I love to read them. C.S. Lewis was a master storyteller whose work I find enjoyable and laced with deeper truths – truly a special work of art.
17. The Eragon Trilogy by Christopher Paolini
I enjoyed every book of the trilogy, true that some things were never resolved and some characters lost their identity, but other than that – I take my hat off to Christopher for creating such a jewel. I enjoyed the storyline, characters and unpredictability of the plot. Another chance to have an adventure, explore new worlds and meet new characters.
18. When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke
Such a peaceful, moral, enjoyable read. This book is full of displays of devotion, loyalty and strength in times of tragedy and hardship. Very inspiring and at the same time, an enjoyable read.