My all-time favorite books!
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
I loved the movie for years when I was younger but when I read the book, as always, it was phenomenally better! If you want a good, thick book to read, this one should keep you busy for a bit! The language is beautiful and complex enough to work your mind, but not too complex that you have to read it with a dictionary next to you. The plot is detailed and builds throughout the entire book, weaving multiple stories together in a way that constantly holds your attention. A fantastic story that is about so much more than what the movie can ever tell.
(I do still like the movie though!)
Favorite Historical Fiction
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
This book destroyed me. It is a telling of the story of The 300 from the point of view of a servant to one of the Spartans. Battles, war, loyalty, hard work and dedication, if you want to read a story that will break your heart, read this.
Favorite YA Fiction Series
The Queens Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
This series has been my favorite for many years. I received the first book as a prize for staying and reading 5 hours straight during my local library's summer reading program when I was very young. Quite some time after I read the first book, I discovered that it was a series. I was ecstatic! The first book is aimed a bit younger, (but still a ton of fun!), and the next books step up the level beautifully. It is an extremely cleverly written series, and the final book is coming out in 2020! (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia [my personal favorite!], A Conspiracy of Kings, Thick as Thieves, and Return of the Thief coming soon!)
Favorite Fairytale Retelling
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
This book is gorgeous. GORGEOUS. If you want dark, gritty re-tellings, this is the book for you. This isn't dark quite in the same style as the original Disney stories are dark, but it is definitely very gritty and much more realistic and set in an appropriate time period.
Close 2nd Favorite YA Fiction Series
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duology by Leigh Bardugo
This duology is fantastic. Clever, well-developed characters, a fascinating world, an ante that is always being upped. I loved it!
Some of my other "favorites"
Favorite Season: Spring
Fierce thunderstorms, soft, misty nights, birds singing, a morning chill in the air but warmth in the sun, flowers blooming, excitement growing, dark spring aesthetic...
Spring's got it all...(though my second favorite is Fall...)
Rain (petrichor), misty nights, cut wood, fresh paint, sharpies, leather, wood smoke (especially pinyon), fresh laundry, dishwasher detergent, pearberry (from Bath and Bodyworks), MIG welding, rich earth...
Thunder, mourning doves, wind in the trees or tall grass, crackling fire, gentle rain on the roof, singing birds...
Favorite Music for Homework Motivation
When you've been cold all day and the cold is in your bones. You get in a hot shower and the warmth goes straight to your soul.
When you've been working hard and you're hot, and then a cold breeze hits you.
When a word has been on the tip of your tongue for SO LONG, and then you finally get it.
Staying up late to finish a book, and the ending is SO GOOD.
Finally mastering a long/difficult run or section on the piano
When you are still and a wild animal gets really close to you
No can do, buckaroo
Instead of "we gotta beat feet," "we gotta scoot boot" makes me laugh!