Weekend Review/Preview

My friend Kate just sent me a message…

Could I have some book recommendations? I think you and I probably have similar tastes. Have you read the Golden Compass? I am reading that and enjoying it so far. I also liked HP and the chronicles of narnia series. Any other good series in that vein??

Indeed!  YA fantasies are some of my favorites, in fact.  It’s been awhile since I read the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, and although I enjoyed the first two books, the third ended up getting pretty strange in its pseudo-theological ideas, striking it from my recommended reading list.

Here are some YA fantasy series that I do love, however (in addition to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, which have already been mentioned):

For mature readers….

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
For more advanced readers undaunted by thick books, and who can get through the first few chapters of scene-setting in the first one, this is an all-time favorite series, full of all of the wonderful things that make fantasy novels great — magical curses, dangerous beasts, and perils around every corner.

Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
This is the intense and compelling tale of Jack and his sister, who have been kidnapped by Viking berserkers, and their adventures that follow.  It does touch a bit on the clash between Christianity and the “old religions,” and parts are rather gruesome, so I’d hesitate to recommend it to young readers, but for those that can handle it, it’s quite the epic tale.

For younger readers…

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This trilogy plays on the idea that reading can take you to other, unknown worlds.  When Meggie and her father read books, that’s precisely what happens, and from those other worlds they meet unique, fantastic,  and dangerous characters.  Though most of the first book takes place in reality, the subsequent books take place within the beautiful and magical fantasy world found in Meggie’s book.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
These books were obviously mean for younger readers, as you’ll be able to tell early on from the tone and language of the narrator, but they still make for really great fantasy adventures.  I enjoyed how the author made the stories of Greek mythology fit into the modern world.

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And what am I reading this week?

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer – book four of my Artemis Fowl marathon, which will be culminating with the final book of the series, which was just released this week

How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting by Milan Yerkovich

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss — still making my way slowly but surely through this fascinating biography

Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman by Elizabeth George

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah — our book club book of the month

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