Since November is National Novel Writing Month, Katy Rose of Modly Chic decided for this week’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday we should list off our five favorite novels. Obviously, this will be a walk in the park for me. As you know, I absolutely love reading.
So without further ado, my favorite novels (in no particular order):
1) Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
Obviously this novel is controversial. But honestly? It’s one of the best books I have read in my entire life. The language that Nabokov uses is impeccable. I’ve actually memorized large chunks of the book, and whenever I’m in the mood to really feel something I read it. I should mention that I live for tragedies. If you have not read this, or have put it off… Read it. Now.
2) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
“This is not for you.” These are the words that begin House of Leaves, and it really only gets better from there. I have never read anything else like this in my entire life. The way Danielewski uses text to convey meaning… I have never seen it before, nor will I probably see it again. To give a brief run down of the novel, it’s a story about a man named Johnny Truant who has found a manuscript written by a blind man about a documentary that doesn’t exist. Johnny goes through the manuscript and writes down his story within the footnotes. Trust me when I say you have to pick it up for yourself.
3) Metamorphoses by Ovid
I’ve always loved Greek and Roman mythology, and Ovid tells the stories particularly well. He has a wonderfully poetic grasp of language, and recounts over 70 stories of Greek and Roman mythology. I’ve actually written up a review of this novel which you can find here.
4) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I love love love books where the characters are so utterly sneaky, cunning, and have multiple motivations that make them difficult to figure out. This book is one of those kinds of books. With many different characters (fifty or more!) running around, and each one with their own way of gaining favor with the crown this is a series you won’t put down for a second. Plus, it’s absolutely hilarious. I’m always thinking about the series and how each character is playing the game and whether or not character X, Y, or Z will get out of the pickle they might be in at the moment. A character can be killed off at any moment (and he’s not afraid to kill off main characters), which I absolutely love because it’s difficult to anticipate anything in the series. I’ve also reviewed this book here.
5) War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Who doesn’t love a good urban fantasy? The descriptions in this novel are to die for, and she paints a beautiful picture of the city the story takes place in. There’s also a hearty does of music and Fae. I re-read this book at least once a year, and it still contains the most accurate description of love I have ever come across. I’ve previously reviewed this book, you can read it here.
And because I can’t stop at just five books…
Honorable Mention: Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen
Honorable Mention: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series
This includes The Song of the Lioness quartet (including Alanna: The First Adventure; In the Hand of the Goddess; The Woman Who Rides Like a Man; and Lioness Rampant), The Immortals quartet (including Wild Magic; Wolf-Speaker; Emperor Mage; and The Realms of the Gods), The Protector of the Small quartet (containing First Test; Page; Squire; and Lady Knight) and the Trickster series (containing Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen).
Notice how I managed to fit 20+ books in what was suppose to be a listing of my five favorites? Trust me, this happens all the time.
Anyways, I participated in NaNoWriMo last year, and was really disappointed when life got in the way and I did not finish my novel. This year, I decided to participate for the second time (and I’ve already got writer’s block. Argh!). Is anyone else participating?