Thank you to Bionic Book Worm for hosting Top 5 Tuesday! I’m excited to participate for the first time!
Here we go!
1. Susan May Warren
Genre: Christian Adventure Romance
Not only am I a sucker for a good clean (aka not raunchy) romance, but I love adventure. I love hiking and visiting national parks, I love Minnesota and Montana, and I love hockey and rodeos. Along with a good romance and a spiritual aspect (usually not too hokey), I find that Warren is perfect for when I need an exciting read, but not one that requires all of my brain power. AKA the perfect type of book for a busy teacher.
For me, Susan May Warren is the Queen of Community Building. As I’ve started reading her latest novels, I’ve watched as characters from her previous series have woven their ways into the lives of new characters. Every time I start a series, I know I’ll be finishing it shortly because she follows the lives of the same community and I fall in love with the characters before they are the stars of the show. ((As of right now, I’m dying to learn more about Pete Brooks and Jess, but their story is a ways off…))
2. Nora Roberts
Another romance author, not quite as thought provoking or emotional as Nicholas Sparks, but someone of whom I’ve read a lot. I went through a phase where I first discovered the art of romance novels (outside of Nicholas Sparks, actually) and I fell into the easy, fireside-read quality of Nora Roberts’ books. She has both short novellas and series set in the same community (usually trilogies). Her writing carries emotion and flows easily, making it another good escape book for anyone who likes chick flick/romance movies.
I will say that her writing (alongside Warren’s) is very formulaic. There are almost always three intimate scenes, a beginning where the characters meet or reconnect, a moment of pure bliss/honey moon phase, a hardship and a miscommunication that leads to a fight and a break up, and ending in the couple getting back together and getting engaged. I don’t mind it, in fact, I look forward to it when I’m in the mood for somewhere warm and fuzzy to escape.
3. Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Maas is an author where I have to say “goodbye” to my sanity and all of my friends while I am entering into either of the world’s she has created. I read her before my blogging days and have not yet read Tower of Dawn because I am waiting for a time when I can write off everything. If Warren is the Queen of Community Building, Maas is the Character of World Building. I think about her characters as if they were my closest friends and I share their anguish and their joy. Everything about the world’s she has created suck me in and have me believing in them.
With the exception of her most recent book, I’ve read everything she has written and every time I have a book hangover (probably due to the intense moments where there is always some heart-wrenching hidden twist/sub plot leaving me weak and dizzy). I highly recommend her for anyone that loves fantasy, strong female characters who are heavily flawed, and a good war on the horizon. Her writing is inspiring!
4. JK Rowling
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
No list would be complete without JK Rowling. Although I have only read each of her books once (as they came out…oops). I feel like I have spent the most time in her world. Perhaps she’ll get to share the crown for Queen of World Building. I can’t express the way her characters and her world have impacted me and my own creative side. I madly wait for her new works to come out, I gobble up her twitter feed like a starving animal, and I want to cry every time she gives fans just an extra little view into the world she has created for us.
Also, I thought the Harry Potter series was Middle Grade, but upon a quick wikipedia search, it seems it is Young Adult. I have yet to read anything by Rowling’s pen name, but I plan on doing so in the future!
5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Essay & Contemporary Fiction
Although I have read more works (in number or time) by other authors, I will read anything and everything by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! Not only do I read her essays and novels, but I also watch her TEDtalks, use her in my classes, and recommend her to everyone I know!
Her fiction is often set in her home country of Nigeria. Her writing is down to Earth, real, and touches on cultural aspects concerning our globalized world. The sentence structure and word choice are accessible, yet the topics are heavy and therefore I don’t recommend it as a relaxing beach read. (I read her when I travel, or when I’m ready to have a ‘deep, soul-touching’ read.
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