Books

A Matter of Magic, Patricia Wrede (Standard magic, fun regency setting. I read the book and the sequal together as one novel, which was a good idea.) 7/10

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness (An incredibly insightful read for those struggling with the loss of a loved one.) 10/10

Cinda Williams Chima books (I’ve read several series by her and let me tell you–they start well and progressively slide downhill. Don’t waste your time.) 4/10

Dante’s Inferno, Dante (Just… no. Too much work for not enough payoff) 2/10

Glimmer of Hope, Sarah M. Eden (Bittersweet romance at its best in Regency England.) 9/10

Harry Potter (I suppose you can’t just leave it off… but it’s nothing stand-out, really.) 6/10

Howl’s Moving Castle, Diane Jones (Fun adventures in a fantastical world, but she could use a few romance writing lessons. The movie gets 9/10) 6/10

Les Miserable, Victor Hugo (Ok, to be fair I read the abridged version. That’s the only reason I gave it 4–I need to read the whole thing to give it the last star. Even then it’s a masterpiece of heart, humor and philosophy.) 9/10

Life of Pi, Yann Martel (If I ever have to spend a year on the ocean with a philosophical tiger, I want it to be Richard Parker. Love the voice, the characters and the message… but it’s missing an extra something to make it really magical.) 8/10

Mistborn 1: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson (A 5 on the regular book scale, but only a 4 if you’re looking at Sanderson. Great characters, interesting cause, easy ride.) 9/10

Mistborn books 2 and 3, Brandon Sanderson (Good books, great magic system, but ultimately not a series I’m likely to read again for a while. The stellar moments are unreal, but the flaws are just enough to keep me from committing to a re-read anytime soon.) 8/10

Ranger’s Apprentice, John Flannagen (Roaring adventures in an equivalent medieval Europe. A bit lengthy as a series, but worth the read) 8/10

Secondhand Charm, Julie Berry (Slightly interesting creature in the leviathin, but still your average fluff. Good for a plane ride, nothing else.) 6/10

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld (15 + alpha. So, um, this list would be really long if I put all the books by him that I love on here. Start with Guards! Guards!, then Mort. After that, have fun.) 10/10… 11/10

The Great Gatsby (There’s a line between showing and telling, and it’s a good idea to know where it is and when to be on what side) 1/10

The Green Rider (Kind of like LOTR for girls… but not at all. And the books just go downhill.) 4/10

The Hunger Games (Good idea, terribly executed.) 2/10

The King of Attolia, Megan Turner (This is book 3, my favorite of the series. I’d marry Gen, if he weren’t already spoken for. Probably my favorite character I’ve encountered in literature to date. Yes, I said it–I have a favorite.) 10/10

The Kiss of a Stranger, Sarah M. Eden (My first read by her, so it has a special place in my heart. Contract Marriage done well in Regency England, full of heart.) 10/10

The Legend of Eli Monpress, by Rachel Aaron (My favorite take on magic, fun characters, great ride.) 8.5/10

The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis (not an easy read to decipher, but lessons worth their metaphorical weight in gold) 9/10

The Robe, by Lloyd C. Douglas (a dramatization of the events surrounding Christ’s death, with some interesting takes. Well worth it.) 8.5/10

The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy (I’m a sucker for flippant regency-era-ish men who secretly save lives, what can I say? The French revolution, daring escapes and good romance.) 9/10

The Stormlight Archive, Brandon Sanderson (A better magic system than LOTR, fantastic characters, a breathtaking world. Really, just read it.) 10/10

Tom Sawyer (Generally I like you, Twain… but not this time) 1/10

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck (Just read the rant.) 1/10

Unwind, Neal Shusterman (I’ve got a pretty strong stomach but this… was disturbing. Stay Away) 1/10

Wolf Brother, Michelle Paver (Ancient world, fun characters. Different from many a YA novel, so while it’s not stand-out well written it stands out in my memory.) 7.5/10

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