My Favorite Fictional Books of all Time
Hey, everyone! I’m currently waiting on edits for Astraeus with my fabulous Immortal Works editor, JoSelle, getting ready for new romance releases, and working on some new things. While I have a second, I thought I’d share my ten favorite books of all time:
#1 The Stand by Stephen King – Stephen King is my favorite author. He understands people and writes strong women. His storytelling is beyond amazing in The Stand, and it’s the ultimate battle between good and evil. If you read this monster, always go for the unabridged version. Always.
#2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – P&P has a special place in my heart. We can all identify with Lizzie, and the funny thing was, after being in love with this book for decades, I actually married my own Mr. Darcy. This was a book before its time, and a marvelous novel.
#3 Intensity by Dean Koontz- I have a thing for well-written, strong female heroes. Chyna Shepherd is both fierce and vulnerable, and Koontz was a master at writing her. His imagery is beyond amazing. I love this novel and revisit it occasionally.
#4 Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel – I love all the Earth’s Children series, but this one in particular became my spirit animal and led me to believe in the power of strong, independent women who could make it on their own no matter what. It also was my first voyage into reading intense, well written love scenes.
#5 The Color Purple by Alice Walker – There is something cathartic in reading about a fictional character enduring hardships, because most of us can identify with that. I have a strong love for Celie and her indomitable will; she’s my book soul sister.
#6 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- a friend sent me a copy for Christmas a few years ago. It blew my socks off with how amazing it was. It also got me thinking about possibly writing erotic romance, and led to me rewrite my first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, which I recently published.
#7 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This book stole my heart. I couldn’t set it down until I finished; it was that powerful and well written. Flawless. Actually, the whole freaking trilogy is included on #7.
#8 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – No one understood the plight of disenfranchised people like Charles Dickens. I love this book, because he understands that even though someone might be poor, it doesn’t mean they’re down and out. I love all of his characters. He wrote from the heart, and he wrote honestly.
#9 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – the author is admittedly controversial and outspoken with his out-there political views, but this was one book that I devoured from start to finish. It’s so much more than a space opera. Ender’s Game touches on interpersonal conflicts, social hierarchy, and what one single person is capable of.
#10 Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I read this a number of years ago after the hit movie came out, because I was really impressed with how visually stunning and heartfelt the movie was. Let me tell ya, the movie has nothing, nothing on the book. We follow Pi’s adventures through a beautifully-told narrative, but the message of the book about embracing diversity, different religions, and peoples from all walks of life is so powerful, it’s a book that stays with you.
Who are your favorite authors/books, and what makes them special to you?