Top Picks

I realized I haven’t made a post about my favorite books and realized what a travesty that was, so decided to make one. Also, posts about books make me the happiest, so why not? Right? I tried to categorize my list but let’s be honest – I’m not the most diverse reader, haha.

So here is the list of books that I consider to be the “best” – at least out of the books I’ve read so far. These books aren’t in any particular order.

1. American Comics: Identity Crisis (DC) by Brad Meltzer

This one was a little harder to choose from, only because I’m not a wide read American comics reader but decided to go with the only one that made me tear up a little.

The Identity Crisis is a seven-issue comic book and features the Justice League. This book examines the relationships of the Justice League members in event of a crisis. I read this comic book as a fairly new comic book reader, so you don’t have to be too invested before you start. I really loved this mini-arc! It’s a comic book that I don’t mind re-reading, which is something I have trouble doing when it comes to re-reading comic books about superheroes.

When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.

2. Epic Fantasy: Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings is a great book for epic fantasy lovers. I’ve talked about Brandon Sanderson at least two different times, was planning on writing a post about my favorite character, and who knows how many times I talk about this book but I really can’t recommend the book enough.

The Way of Kings, although large and starts off slow, is fantasy at its finest. Great character development, awesome female characters, an interesting alien world and lots of action – without sudden character deaths and overly adult/mature scenes. Although not unknown, The Way of Kings definitely deserves as much recognition as books by Patrick Rothfuss and George R.R. Martin. If you’re a fan of epic fantasy, you’re definitely missing out!

Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.

In one such war on the ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by the ancient text named The Way of Kings and troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

3. YA Urban Fantasy: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Rachel Aaron is probably the least known author on this list. You can only purchase the book in digital format via Amazon. The book isn’t available for print (yet) but have heard there will be one out in the future.

I’ve recommended this book before but want to recommend it again! I’ve read a lot of books containing dragons and although there are some amazing ones out there (The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley), I wanted to put some spotlight on a book I’m pretty sure less people have heard about. I also love struggling heroes who have to defeat the odds stacked against him, and Julius is one of those types of heroes.

As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: stay quiet, don’t cause trouble, and keep out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t cut it in a family of ambitious predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove to his mother that he can be a ruthless dragon or lose his true shape forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are seen as monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He just hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons.

4. New Adult: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

The genre of new adult tends to be a hit or miss for some people. And I stopped reading the genre because the books tended to get repetitive and contain a lot of insta-love. However, if you’re curious about the genre and aren’t sure where to start, I would recommend The Problem with Forever. Jennifer Armentrout is an author whose books (I feel) are a hit or miss but The Problem with Forever is one of my favorite romance books featuring teens.

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

One other book I didn’t bother putting on the list was Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. If I could put it under a category, it would probably go under “Timeless Children’s Books”.

Thanks for reading, as always. I’ve been in the middle of a blogging slump, so I’ve decided my next post won’t be until I develop my three rolls of film. My family is also in the midst of trying to buy a new home and it’s seriously really stressful. So I probably won’t feel 100% relaxed until that is out of the way.

If you have any book recommendations (any at all!!!), let me know! I love getting book recommendations!

Wants to become a better reader and writer. Currently studying library and information science. Currently doing the 100 Books for 2017 challenge.

5 Comments

  • Nancy says:

    American Comics sounds interesting with a different perspective in the DC universe. I can’t believe how many stories can be created in the superhero world! Books that has heroines are great. I should get this book for my boyfriend! He loves epic fantasy. I’m not too keen on the whole insta-love thing. It’s /too good to be true/. As if life is that easy!

    Hope you’ll get your films developed! Good luck to your family with the home buying process~

    • Rezina says:

      YYYYEEEESSS. I don’t know anyone around me who reads The Way of Kings, haha. So I try to recommend it as much as I possibly can LOL.

      If he finishes it (understandable if he doesn’t because the beginning of the book is pretty slow), let me know how he likes it!!

  • Amy says:

    I love comics and DC but I haven’t actually read Identity Crisis! I think Andy has it on his bookshelf, so I might have to borrow it now. The plot sounds fantastic!

    I rarely read fantasy, but the two you’ve picked sound really good. I especially like the sound of Nice Dragons Finish Last – that’s such a unique idea! I think you can find a lot of gems on Amazon, it’s just a shame so many badly written books get through too. Some of my favourite books were written by self-published and less popular authors.

    Harry Potter would make my list too!

    • Rezina says:

      You should totally read it! I was impressed at how good it was.

      And yay! I feel like my mission is accomplished if someone is interested in at least one book on my list hehe. She already has 3 books out in the series and the 4th one is coming out this summer :D

      And so true! There are so many self-published/less popular books on Amazon that are AMAZING. I love discovering a book on Amazon that isn’t known but is actually super awesome.

  • Tara says:

    I don’t know any of these books! Of the ones you listed, Way of Kings intrigues me the most, but I cannot promise I’ll get to it LOL.

    I hope your move to the new house goes well. Moving of any kind is stressful! Just moving from one neighbourhood to another ten minutes away was bad enough for me!

    https://aigoo.me/2016/05/14/significant-books/ I wrote a blog post about the significant books in my life. I may have to do an actual favourites post one day, but that’s going to be so hard!

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