A Few of My Favorite Books
...nowhere near all of them!
by: Richard Adams
My only regret is that it took me so long to find this book. The title doesn't tell you much about the storyline. But reading the first few paragraphs, you start to feel like you're sneaking up on a warren of rebbits and melting into their secret lives. It feels like a fully realized world, complete with the rabbits' worship of "Frith" the sun, their own language which you learn effortlessly as you go through the story, cultures and customs. This is not a children's book about bunnies. It's a deep, character driven, dangerous, and thrilling book for adults... about rabbits.
The Chronicles of Narnia
by: C. S. Lewis
Not a single book, but a series. I fell in love with the world of Narnia from the first moment I stepped foot through the wardrobe onto the the crunching snow. The talking animals, the fantastic creatures, the magic and wonder all swept me away and I never wanted to return.. Lewis spoke truly when he said that a children's book that can only be enjoyed by children, isn't a good children's book in the slightest. And Narnia is a world that can be enjoyed by anyone.
Wings of Fire
the Dragonet Prophecy
by: Tui T Sutherland
I'm reading this book to my nine-year-old, and I have to say I really love it. I can see why it's so popular. Complex characters, mysterious powers, a huge world with various cultures, and, of course, big impressive dragons. I love how human beings are described as "scavengers," which most of the dragons so far consider to be annoying and surprisingly dangerous prey.
Dragons, fire, prophecies, evil queens, friendship, bloody battles to the death, daring escapes, this book has it all. We're definitely going to be reading the rest of them!
The Dragonriders of Pern
by: Anne McCaffrey
Although these books aren't really for kids, I fell in love with McCaffrey's dragons in fifth grade after reading The Smallest Dragonboy in class. I immediately visited my school library and checked out every single Dragonriders of Pern book I could find. I was obsessed! My love for dragons and fantastic creatures was sparked in that moment, and I never looked back.
Wolves of the Beyond
by: Kathryn Lasky
Anyone who likes to read about the secret lives of animals would love this book series. From the same author as The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, THe Wolves of the Beyond followes Faolan, a wolf cub born with a deformity. He is literally an underdog and must survive to find his place in the world. During his adventures, he discovers that his destiny and his past are mysteriously connected. Definitely worth a read, especially for kids who love wolves.
by: Orson Scott Card
If you haven't read Ender's Game, go read it now! It's one of the best books of all time, hands down. A six-year-old boy with hyper intelligence recruited into a military school to save the world from alien invasion? What's not to love? I must have read this book twenty times by now. Seriously, go read it, you won't regret picking this one up.