Staff Picks: What I like to read…

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite books in case you were looking for recommendations or were just curious about my taste in books. I tend to enjoy fantasy romance the most, but I also enjoy fantasy of all kinds, historical fiction, and science fiction. I’ve put together a quick ‘top five’ in no particular order.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

I believe I have mentioned this book series before. I’ve certainly taken inspiration from it. It has a beautiful, long-lasting love story in a very realized historical setting. It takes a little bit to get started and the series drags a bit after the fourth book, but it definitely belongs on this list and if you haven’t already picked it up, or watched the TV show, I highly recommend you do so.

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanssen

This is a trilogy I stumbled across and I was so glad I did! Disguised as a typical epic fantasy trilogy, it is so much more. I won’t ruin it for you, but I really enjoyed the twist which made this trilogy unique. Not to mention that it is written in such a way that you are always discovering new layers. My only complaint is that I wish there was more romance, but either way, this is one impressive tale.

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

The only young adult book to make this list (I can be really picky about YA for reasons I won’t get into here). Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by him, but I was particularly impressed by this first installment of his new YA sci-fi series. The main character has a phenomenal voice and we discover the very interesting world she lives in as she does.

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her.

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, Book 1 of the Black Jewels series

Another favourite authors of mine is Anne Bishop and the Black Jewels series was an inspiration for the Mirror World series. This is a dark fantasy romance and what I really like about it is that the symbolism the world uses are all reversed from what we’re used to. Basically, the darker the jewel the more powerful it is, so all things dark are prized. Just take a look at the description:

The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.

The Time Traveller’s Resort and Museum by David McLain

Now, I’m not supposed to pick favourites when it comes to Mirror World books, but if there’s one that I would recommend that everyone read, it’s this one. It touches on all of my favourite genres, it’s illustrated, and it’s funny! What I really like most about it is the voice of the narrator. It has a third person omniscient voice that somehow gives me the sense that I am in good hands and that the story will unfold in due time. Kudos, David McLain.

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