This week’s question:
Do you have a keeper shelf for books you loved? What books are on that shelf and why?
Yes. If there was a single novel that I love or a great series that I completed reading, it gets moved to my Keeper Shelf. Currently, I have 7 series and 3 singles – the rest of the space, my cat takes up for his little cat naps.
In alphabetically ordered by author’s last name:
- Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon Series – Dan Brown has an amazing talent for historical mysteries and creating secret puzzles and codes. My high school art teacher was the one who introduced me to Dan Brown, giving me my first book, The Da Vinci Code.
- Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Series – Honestly, I did not like this one all too much. I really disliked Katniss throughout the series, and I especially disliked how the series ended. But I keep it only because I had loved several other characters, like Peeta and Haymitch, and I thought it would be a good book just to hold onto. At least for now.
- Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade Series – It is a bit edgy (just to warn you), but I loved absolutely loved the series. I love the wolf shape-shifting guardians, the adventure was non-stop, and Shay is my number one alpha! I’d join his pack anytime.
- Dean Devlin’s StarGate – This is a classic. I was raised with the movie since I was a little kid, but when I was assigned an eighth grade project I had to grab the book from my father’s bookshelf. It truly is, in my opinion, the best science fiction in the world! I love the Egyptian mythology link to the Alien world of Sci Fi. If you haven’t read this – I highly recommend!
- Esther Friesner’s Sphinx’s Princess Series – I loved the twist to the actual Nefertiti of Egyptian history. She was a powerful woman with powerful dreams and to read a possible version, even a fiction version, of her younger years is fascinating.
- Cornella Funke’s Inkheart – Though I didn’t like the entire series, I loved the first book. I loved the concept of someone being able to bring the fictional world to life just by reading the words aloud. Man, I really wish I had that power.
- Rachel Hawkins’s Hex Hall Series – At first I really wasn’t sure this would be a keeper, but the second and third books really sold it. They made me laugh and gasp in shock as the adventure unfolded. And I love the sarcasm and playful taunts between Sophie and Archer.
- Stacy Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth Series – This one I so love!!! It was a great plot with the entanglement of the most popular girl dying, and then her ghost being forced to partner up with the school’s outcast. It was hilarious, and shockingly, they actually made an amusing and wonderful team throughout the entire series.
- Lisa Rivero’s Oscar’s Gift – Lisa is truly a wonderful writer (and I’m not just saying that). She brought to life a perspective in time usually forgotten by history. The entire story was moving and enticing.
- And of course, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter – This was the series that really got me reading. I fell in love with the characters and the wizarding world, at times even wishing I could just fall into the pages. I wanted to be enrolled into Hogwarts, learn to fly a broom, learn potions and spell, and face bullies like Draco and even Voldemort. Now that would be an adventure!
Of course, there are others waiting to be placed on the Keeper Shelf, like the Hush, Hush Saga and the Hereafter Series, but I always wait until the series is finished.
So, what do you think? Are any of these books on your Keeper Shelf?