Thursday, 26 July 2012

Top Five: Summer Reads

Don't you just like those nice comprehensive lists? I know I do. I love spying on other people's top lists, see if I know any of the books they read and enjoyed. It's the reason I have stalked around on Goodreads for almost three years now, and the reason I'm going to do a series of posts highlighting my Top Five somethings!

Obviously, there are several "Top Number" memes out there, and this has been inspired by those.

The sun is finally showing its wonderful head here in the Netherlands, and I thought I'd kick off this series of posts with my Top Five Summer Reads!

#5 The House of Silk by Anthony Horrowitz

Don't you just love letting other people do the hard detecting work while you are relaxing in your chair with a nice cold beverage? Especially when those other people are Sherlock and his trusty sidekick Watson.
The House of Silk is one of those books I thouroughly enjoyed, but never reviewed. Well, here it is. This book is awesome, especially if you have a little Sherlock Holmes crush. Not that I have one of those.

#4 Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

This is one of my worst guilty pleasures.

I don't even really know why I adore these books as much as I do. J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books are straight up paranormal romance books with kick ass tortured alpha males that swoop their eternal loves off their feet.

Maybe every girl needs some swooping once in a while.

#3 Angels by Marian Keyes

Angels was my first foray into chick-lit territory. You know, that scary world where there are no zombies, vampires or werewolves to keep you feeling safe and comfortable? That's the one.

And quite amazingly enough, I very much liked it. It's not something I would want to read all the time, but fast-paced, light but not fluff, full of hilarious friends Angels works very well to keep you company while getting a tan.

#2 The Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

During summer is actually the only time in the whole year that I feel like I have the time to read a massive fantasy book, like the Sword of Truth series. There is nothing like being fully immersed into a world so different from ours, a world so fascinating and full of all these wonderful characters I would just love to know in real life.

This is definitely one of those series that has everything to keep you entertained during quite some summer weeks.

#1 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I'm starting to get the feeling that at one point or another, Harry Potter always shows up in Top lists. Doesn't matter if it's summer reads, winter reads, awesome reads, favourite reads, best character lists, favourite worlds... I almost feel compelled making a list of the lists Harry Potter dominates. But I'll save that for another time.

There is no denying that Harry Potter has grown dear to me. To hell with Twilight, Harry Potter is what got me hooked on reading. I grew up with these books, and I will continue reading them in sickness and in health, until I die.


Hannah said...

Excellent list, Celine!! I'm currently searching my shelves for a Summer read and I'm actually thinking about settling for a historical. I have like.. 5 of those for review right now that sound great. Also...
"To hell with Twilight, Harry Potter is what got me hooked on reading. I grew up with these books, and I will continue reading them in sickness and in health, until I die." SECONDED. 

Hanna Whitehead said...

Oh, I love The Sword of Truth series! I thought they wandered off a little towards the end, but the first six or seven are just amazing. Wasn't a big fan of the TV series though - they got all the characters completely and utterly WRONG.

I'm tempted by House of Silk, but I'm just not sure about someone else writing Sherlock Holmes...

Booking in Heels

Vicky's Reviews said...

Oh, Angels made it to your list! <3 *runs around in circles* I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

I'm doing a book recommendation sort of post today (I just need to wake up first xD)

Celine said...

Hehe, yeah :D I'd love to read some more by Marian.

Oh man, I miss the sleeping until noon days. Having a job sucks. I'll check out your post in a minute

Celine said...

I'd definitely recommend reading a historical, especially since they're a nice break from the fantasy/paranormal genre (:

Ha, I'm glad you agree!

Celine said...

Yeah, I love the book. I haven't read the latest one though. Mr Goodkind had a AMA on Reddit a few days ago, and he said he isn't satisfied with the TV series at all. They completely butchered both the plot and the characters :\

To be very honest I haven't read the Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle, so I don't know how House of Silk compares, but I felt like Horowitz treated the characters with a lot of respect. (:

Mel @thedailyprophecy said...

Finally some sun indeed! It was about time... And just at the moment that I'm going to leave The Netherlands for a while :p

I love lists like this! And I have to love this one, since Harry potter is number 1 ^^

Dalene Higgins said...

I've been looking at reading Wizards First Rule. Glad to see it's on your list. And Marian Keyes is an author I need to read for sure. Thanks!

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