I love to read. During summers off, I DEVOUR dozens of books. During the school year, not so much, since I have homework and oh so fun dense textbooks to read. Anyway, this page is dedicated to books I’ve read and enjoyed!! Note: While I am a huge fantasy novel reader, I do try to expand my reading horizon with different genres…but be warned! The majority are sci-fi/fantasy of some sort.
What’s better than reading one good book? Multiple books in a series! Here is the thing about series: sometimes each new book gets better, sometimes subsequent books aren’t as good… you just never know! But I try to remind myself that the main character(s) have a journey to complete, so I have the pleasure of going along for the ride (which translates to I need to finish the series to find out what happens no matter what!). The following are not in any particular order of preference.
- Green Rider Series: by Kristen Britain (fantasy). There are 4 books in all. I’ve read the first 2 and loved them! Can’t wait to read the last couple to see how it ends!
- Books of Pellinor: by Alison Croggon (fantasy). Quartet. Girl with magic on a quest across the land!
- Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins (sci-fi). Trilogy. Futuristic world, girl trying to beat the odds.
- The Uglies: Scott Westerfield (sci-fi). Trilogy + ‘extra’. Futuristic world, girl trying to beat the odds. Deja vu right? Definitely many similarities to Hunger Games: Main character (female) caught between 2 loves, ‘utopian’ world etc… Same idea, different setting and names. But I still liked both series!
- His Dark Materiels: by Phillip Pullman (fantasy). Trilogy. Heard of the Golden Compass?
- The Inheritance Cycle: by Christopher Paolini (fantasy). Quartet. Dragons and magic! Was a little disappointed in book 4 and the ending to the series…
- Eon Series: by Alison Goodman (fantasy). Duology (2 books!). Another series about dragons and magic! But a female main character instead.
- Vampire Academy Series: by Richelle Mead (fantasy). There are 6 books in all. Yes I read Twilight, but I felt this was a better vampire series for a multitude of reasons…
- Earth’s Children: by Jean M. Auel. (historical fiction) A total of 6 books. I’ve read 5/6 over the last 2 years. Each book is very long (600+pages) and I always need a short reprieve before diving into the next novel. I own book 6, so it’s just a matter of reading it! Note: part of the reason each book is so long is that the author painstakingly describes nature/life 10,000 years ago. But beware! Author artistic license at play (aka not historically accurate if you are a history buff)…However, it is a good adventure nonetheless!
- Harry Potter: by J.K. Rowling (fantasy). Of course I love Harry Potter! I grew up with him through the course of the books!
- Robert Langdon Series: by Dan Brown (thriller/mystery fiction). Symbologist Robert Langdon decodes mysteries of secret societies and encounters danger around every corner.
- Plum Series: by Janet Evanovich (action/comedy/fiction). A seemingly evergrowing series about a woman (Stephanie Plum) who is a bounty hunter and has trials and tribulations with her job, on/off lover, friends and family. Definitely a laugh out loud series of books! 19 and counting!
- Gideon Oliver Series: by Aaron Elkins (mystery/forensic science/fiction). Around 16 books (possibly more to come!). Forensic anthropologist solves murder mysteries!
- Pride and Prejudice: by Jane Austen (romance/fiction). “Can I speak plainer? Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to plague you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
- A Tale of Two Cities: by Charles Dickens (historical fiction). “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” “it is a far far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”
- Frankenstein: by Mary Shelly (gothic/sci-fi/fiction). “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: by Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery fiction). Stories of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive brilliance, ‘nuf said!
Well I am a scientist, so I do like to read about nerdy science things once in a while…
- The Essential Naturalist: by Michael Graham (natural history). Compilation of natural history writings from various historical expeditions. And he’s a professor/researcher at my lab!
- Your Inner Fish: by Neil Shubin (bio-nerd genre). Methodically describes how parts of our muscular and/or skeletal system is similar to different organisms past and present!
- Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?: by David M. Raup (bio-nerd genre). Theories about why we are here and the discussion of whether it was due to ‘good genes’ or ‘good luck’.
- The Making of the Fittest: by Sean B. Carrol (bio-nerd genre) Exploring the forensic record of evolution.
- Beak of the Finch: by Jonathan Weiner (evolution nerd genre). Creationsism vs Evolution argument given by population biologist.
- Eat Pray Love: by Elizabeth Gilbert (memoir). A memoir of a woman’s journey of self discovery across the world.
- Atonement: by Ian McEwan (fiction). The mistake of a young girl ripples through the lives of those affected by her actions.
- The Lovely Bones: by Alice Sebold (fiction). A young girl, murdered, watches the life of her friends and family on earth from heaven.
- One Day: by David Nicholls (fiction). The story of two people who’s lives intertwine at many points across decades.
- Roommates: by Whitney Lyles (fiction). If you have ever dealt with annoying roommates, this light-hearted comedy is for you! I know I could relate!
- Deception Point: by Dan Brown (thriller/mystery fiction). Main character is a Marine Biologist (had to read it). Meteorite found in the arctic circle; does it have extraterrestrial life?
- Digital Fortress: by Dan Brown (thriller/mystery fiction). Government using powerful computer technology for civilian surveillance until it finds a code it cannot break…
I will update my “Fun Reads” on my permanent page, so check back later to see what new books/series I’ve read and enjoyed!
What are some of your favorite books/series?