This week's Ten on Tuesday topic is The Ten Last Books You Have Read.
1. God will make a way by
2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
This is book 2 of the outlander series. Not enjoying this one as much as Outlander though as i get further into the book I find myself getting caught up in the story again. In fact I think as long as Jamie's in the picture, all's well ;). I dont see how you could listen to part 1 and not want to listen to the next in the series but i wish i had stopped while i was ahead ;)
Whereas i loved listening to Diana Porter's character portrayals in Outlander, though i cannot attest to the authenticity of her scottish vs english accents, I will say that her attempts at an american accent annoys the bejeesus out of me. She really hits some words like momma, roger but the rest sounds artificial, stilted, and contrived. Thing is if she said momma and roger in the same manner as the rest of her "american" accent it wouldnt bother me so bad but those two words sticking out like a sore thumb in the rest of Brianna's dialogue annoys me to no end.
3. Outlander also by Diana Gabaldon
Book one in the series. I have heard about this for years. A lovely ravelry friend suggested it many years back but i dont know..."scottish porn" didnt really catch my interest. But my friends in the group started talking about it again and i was looking for a book to spend my next credit on and voilà! Only when i went to purchase it it said it was in my library lol. Apparently I ordered it back in 2012 and promptly forgot.
Wow! I loved this! I was so engrossed in this beautiful though improbable love story set against a historical background that i didnt even notice the erota until a large part of the story line unfolded and the plot started dragging and then i was all "geez! this is nothing but sex scenes" lol. Defnitiely a good listen though. I think this is much better in audiobook form as you get the accents and lilts and can really submerse yourself in the context.
4. The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
"Who is Septimus Heap? A lost child? An ordinary Hero? A powerful wizard? The Magyk begins here.
first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers
on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms,
potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart."
Loved loved loved this! So much fun. It's teen fiction. It's Harry Potteresque. Needs great suspension of belief. It's a little predictable. It's not "great litterature" . But it's captivating, a lively listen, imaginative and just plain FUN.
5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for
13-year-old Isabel the word holds a different meaning, especially after
the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the
freedom promised, she and her sister are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy
New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave Rhode Island
for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community
divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for
WOW! This is a great book! Characters are so touching, story-line gripping, historical context heart-wrenching! The only down side is the ending. NO! It cant end!!! Not yet! MUST LISTEN or read!
6. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and
the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship
might be enough to help them survive. But the chains of Curzon’s past
threaten to shackle him again. Surrounded by the fires of ignorance,
mistrust, and greed, Curzon can’t risk sharing his deadly secrets with
anyone. Does he have the mettle to hold on to his freedom? To claim his
rightful place as an American?
Well, Ive never downloaded a book so fast before! After the rather abrupt and unsatisfying ending of Chains I had to listen to this sequel! Right away! Stop while you're ahead. It's disappointing. Too contrived. The characters lose their appeal and depth and realism as they're forced into a sequel for sequel's sake. They behave "out of character". I had wanted to love it though. I loved the fact that this sequel was told from a different character's point of view and pardonned the incongruities with the reasoning that now things were told from a male perspective but no, the main characters seem off, out of sync.
Quit while you're ahead and make up your own ending for Isabelle and Curzon.
While looking through other titles of LH Anderson i'm quite perplexed. She definitely has an ecclectic writing style. Feel like Chains was the novel of her life and nothing else will be up to par. Would love to hear opinions of any of you who have listened to or read some of her other works.
7. Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford
Feelings of abandonment filled Helen at a too-young age when her mother
died and her father walked out. Left in the care of her sister, Claire,
she moved on, but never truly healed. Now thirty-five, married, and
starting her own family, she must confront her inability to bear
children by accepting the idea of adopting. But just when Helen
experiences holding her new baby for the first time, she is blindsided
with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are
again torn open as she balances the delight of parenthood with the grief
of her ailing sister.A poignant and probing exploration of life and
loss, Daughters for a Time is a tale of unconditional love, the
destructive and healing powers of family, and the search for solid
ground between pain and joy.
Stop reading this post and GO BUY THIS BOOK! Shivers shivers shivers. Tears abound. And laughter. And hope and dispair. Beautifully written. A story full of life, full of love, a beautiful tribute to sisterhood.
8. Winter Turns to Spring by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman
This audio will focus on Brad and Ashley Hanes, young newlyweds who are
facing their first season of winter. Opposite work schedules, differing
views on finances and when to start a family, and Brads selfish and
immature habits are forcing the young couple apart, causing them to
question why they ever got married in the first place. It will take a
whole lot of help - mostly from their nosy but well-meaning neighbors -
for Ashley and Brad to pull their marriage out of the winter blues and
into a hopeful spring.
Eh, why not lol. It's sappy, goody-two-shoes, drippy, but heart-warming and love-inspiring. I am listening to this seasons of love series one season at atime. i listened to fall in fall of 2013, this one in decemberish, and will soon listen to It happens every spring. Ive read Gary Chapman's wisdom -filled 5 love languages and these fictional books illustrate in everyday situations the concepts from the book, so it's good to see the principles put into actionand how they work with each other. Enjoyable for a week's worth of walks.
9. Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off
balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a
lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are
massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the
south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor
mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the
center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a
reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an
appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this
land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each
side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I'm sure you've all read or at least heard of this series or maybe watched the HBO series. LOVE IT!
Can be a little hard to follow as there are sooo many characters, plots, sub-plots, intrigues... Might need to listen to the whole series and then relisten as i am doing ;)
And can i just say it's both refreshing and enfuriating that an author has no qualms about killing off your favorite characters and letting good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people.
I also like that none of his characters are all good or all bad (well excpet Ned Stark who is a perfect example of a Christ-like figure)
My faves are Ned Stazrk, Jon Snow, Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister. How about you?
Are you as impatient as me for the final installment?
10. Desparate Marriages by Gary Chapman
This is a non-fictional work where Dr Gary Chapman expounds upon his 5 love languages principals as they apply to seemingly doomed marriages. Excellent. Dr Chapman really understands people and has a God-given gift and mission to help couples work through their problems and seek perfect love.
Any books on my list tempting to you? Have you read any ofthem already? What did you think about them if so? Do you prefer listening to or reading your books? Reading a traditional paperback or hardback or reading on a kindle type device?
Check out Carole's list and at the bottom of her post link your own and check out other bloggers' lists to find some future good reads (or ones to avoid).