Bookish Facts

Bookish Fact #2: My first genre of choice was fantasy.

I rarely read fantasy nowadays; however, that’s pretty much all I read during my pre-teen/teenage years. The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce was the first series I picked for myself without any influence from family and friends. Kristen Britain’s Green Rider is the first book I stayed up all night to finish (it was not the last night of sleep lost to a good story). I loved fantasy.

I some how lost my love for the drama as I moved through my 20s and 30s. I’m actually ok with this change but I am beyond happy reading my current mix of nonfiction, historical fiction, and mystery.

I have held on to my favorites though, and I will find myself picking them back up when I need a read that feels like an old friend. My copies may be worn but they are well loved!

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What genre got you into reading? Which fantasy books are your favorites? Let me know and happy reading!

Lindsay

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Hello Old Friend…

We have so many favorites. We have favorite TV shows, favorite movies, and favorite shoes. We have favorite classic cars, favorite candles, favorite food, and favorite people. And of course we have favorite books!

You know the books I speak of! The novels that you find yourself randomly thinking about on a quiet day. Books with worn edges because you’ve read them over and over. Battered paperbacks and hardbacks with a prestigious spot on that first book shelf. Yep, I’m pretty sure all readers have a few favorite books. And I’m sure it’s pretty obvious to all of you that I read a variety of genres. Luckily, I tend to have a favorite book in each that I come back to on a regular basis, and you can check out the full list on my Favorites Page.

January always finds me knee deep in a stack of books about wintery survival, but for some reason I have been thinking about all my go-to novels this year. Typically, I reread my favorite survival stories, Last of the Breed and Julie of the Wolves, during this month, but last week I was on a western kick. So, I reread and shared Milo Talon. This wasn’t a big difference since most westerns involve a good bit of surviving. But last night I was hit with the urge to reread my favorite fantasy series, The Green Rider books by Kristen Britain, as well as my sci-fi fav, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles! I am going blame these sudden urges on watching MTV’s Shannara Chronicles and getting the last book in the Lunar Chronicles, Winter, for Christmas.

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But what keeps us coming back to these books? You can only experience the excitement of the first read once, so that’s not it. Sure we reread books we find well written and enjoyable, but its more than that. Otherwise we would find ourselves rereading all the time because I think that most of the books I review are well written and enjoyable. So, I asked Facebook and the general consensus is rereading a favorite book is like meeting up with old friends.

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We connect with the characters! We are invested, involved, and excited about their stories. We discover some small detail we miss previously each time we pick the book back up. And each time we remember how we felt the first time we followed the character into space, the first time we battled through a Siberian winter with them, and the first time we watched them use magic to save a kingdom. All those reasons are why we keep coming back to our favorites.

Sure, my shelves are over flowing with books that need to be read. But sometimes its ok to say “hello old friend,” and pull that battered book down for a needed reunion curled up on the couch.

What books are your favorites? Do you plan to spend your weekend rereading?

Lindsay

5 Fandom Friday

   So, Liz at Nerd in the City introduced me to 5 Fandom Friday.  A topic is posted each Friday by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick, and you list your top five answers.  I just couldn’t pass on this week!

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Characters I Would Name My Kids After

Mike and I will probably have kids some day.  I love fun names, but it has been decided that our eventual children will have family names.  Sigh…fine.  But, here are my choices if I could name my kids after my favorite characters!

1. Carter

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Jack Carter in Eureka will always be one of my favorite characters.  He is responsible for the crazy Eureka scientists and their often disastrous experiments.  He may constantly be in danger but he always tackles his problems with a great sense of humor.  Carter is my number one name choice for both a little girl and a little boy!

2. Myka

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Myka Bering is one kickass woman.  She is the moral compass for the Warehouse 13 team; always there to remind them what’s right and wrong.  She isn’t perfect, as she has a few issues of her own to deal with, but she always comes out strong and confident in the end.  Plus, she’s a bibliophile!

3. Karigan

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Karigan G’ladheon is the main character of Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series.  I have read this book at least 15 times.  Karigan stumbles into a job as a Green Rider, a king’s messenger, and is thrust in to a life of magic and adventure.  She starts out as a whiny and stubborn kid and eventually grows in to a strong self-sufficient woman capable of saving a king.

4. Milo

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Louis L’Amour’s Milo Talon; I love everything about this name!  Milo is a tracker journeying through the Wild West in search of a missing girl.  He is quiet, kind, and doesn’t take shit from anyone.  He is a man who follows his gut and thinks quick on his feet.

5. Cole

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Yep, two cowboy influenced names.  El Dorado will always be my favorite John Wayne western.  John Wayne is Cole Thornton, a sharpshooter who returns to El Dorado to help the drunken sheriff save the town from some slick city swindlers.  He may have no problem gunning down a man, but only for the right reasons.  Who can’t admire a man who risks his life to save a friend?

6. Pete

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I couldn’t just pick 5!  Pete Lattimer is the reason I love Warehouse 13.  He is kind, funny, and has a deep love of cookies.  He has plenty of his own demons, but he refuses to let that kill his happiness.  He has found his place at Warehouse 13, and he is determined to enjoy every minute of it!

Those are my choices!  Which characters would you name your children (real or imaginary) after?

Lindsay

All images are from imdb.com and Goodreads.