Bookish Favorites in Honor of National Book Lovers Day

Yesterday was National Book Lovers Day. I’ll just be sitting over here in a corner, aghast and sobbing. A bookworm that missed a day to celebrate loving books?

That’s serious misery. Probably on par with Frodo failing to destroy the Ring or a stray moon crashing into Narnia before the Pevensies ever visited.

Tears and wailing aside, let’s celebrate National Book Lovers Day now. Why not? After all, wizards are never late (shhh, don’t tell anyone I’m Gandalf’s successor).

Grab some popcorn and a mug of butterbeer, and plop down in your favorite reading nook. Time to talk books and favorites and all the things.


Favorite Book Cover

Okay, let’s be honest. This is hard. There are so many gorgeous covers to choose from, so many different styles and nuances (look at me, spelling fancy words properly 😛 ). But one that springs immediately to mind is Curio, by Evangeline Denmark.

CurioThe first time I saw this cover, I was like, “MUST READ PLEASE NOW!” I didn’t really know anything about the story, but the cover was so eye-catching that I needed to know what awaited in the pages beneath its beauty.

Favorite Book Genre

Fantasy, duh. 😉

Why? Are you prepared to sit through a three-hour monologue? Yes? *cracks knuckles*

You hath been warned.

  • Dragons and terrifying beasts and new races and
  • Magic systems and magical abilities
  • Chivalry and treachery and all the ry’s
  • Unique worlds simultaneously similar and utterly different from ours
  • New places to see, cities to visit, lands to explore
  • Swords and arrows and lances, oh my!

Okay, I’m done.

Favorite Book Character

What? That’s like choosing between chocolate and Doctor Who and Marvel and beach vacation. Plus no characters are created equal—though some have the misfortune of being shallow copycats.

If I *have* to choose, I’ll go with Shallan, from the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. Her backstory is one of the most compelling I’ve ever read, and she’s a prefect mixture of sarcasm, wit, heroicness, scholarly knowledge, loyalty, and courage.

From Michael Whelan’s Endpapers for Words of Radiance. Image via

Favorite Opening Line

Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shivonar wore white on the day he was to kill a king.

That beauty hails from The Way of Kings, the first book in the Stormlight Archive. Just wow.

Favorite Story World

Continuing the theme…Roshar, the setting for the Stormlight Archive. I know, I know, I sound biased. For good reason.

Seriously, if you haven’t read these books or don’t know what I’m talking about, just stop. Forget school and work. Forget social media. Forget eating.

Leave everything and go bury yourself in this series.

You will thank me, earthling. Your life will be forever changed.

Favorite Book Series

Why must picking favorites be soooo hard? Ah, the pains of being a bookworm.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s say “completed book series.”

After much debate and consideration (a whopping 10 seconds worth), I think I’ll say the Mistborn trilogy, again by Brandon Sanderson (yes, the man’s a genius and I adore everything he writes, okay, I’m done now).

An utterly unique world, fascinating magic system, compelling storylines, diverse characters, plot twists galore, mystery upon mystery, romance, drama, sacrifice, probing themes. You get the idea.

Putting my rebel hat on (rules are more like guidelines anyway, right? 😛 ), I’ll add I really really loved The Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson. Hunger Games also rocked, but the ending. So weak, so sad.

And Wheel of Time would probably have topped my list if not for books 6-10. *sigh*

Favorite Standalone Book

Lord of the Rings Cover

Lord of the Rings. Not even a question. Not even a contest. Why are we even having this conversation in the first place?

And in case you’re wondering, yes, LOTR is *one* book, just divided into three volumes. Goes to prove Peter Jackson has a fondness for turning single books into movie trilogies.

*cough* Please no Silmarillion trilogy *cough*


Currently Reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Only a handful of chapters in, but finding it quite enjoyable and amusing. Dudley tho…Yikes! 😮

Bumping up my geek cred step by step.

I’m also reviewing a book for the new Lorehaven magazine. Can’t say which one, because anonymous reviews policy, but it’s spec-fic, and that’s good enough for me.


⇒ What are your bookish favorites in any of the categories I mentioned?

⇒ What are you currently reading?


Bookish Favorites in Honor of National Book Lovers Day — 2 Comments

  1. WHAT YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY? How did I miss this? *cries*

    *high-fives* Fantasy fans forever!! 😀 It really is one of the best genres, period.

    I’ve wanted to read the Mistborn trilogy forever…IT SOUNDS EPIC. I’ve wanted to read *anything* by Brandon Sanderson, actually. XD His writing style sound amazing.

    • IKR?!?! I actually found out about it by accident and was like 😮 😮 😮 what is the meaning of life now? 😛

      *high-fives* YES! Hands down, no questions asked.

      Wait…you haven’t read anything by Brandon Sanderson? 0_0 Seriously, you. must. read. Mistborn. And Stormlight Archive. And the Reckoners. And pretty much anything that has his name on it.

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