Wordy Wednesday: The best of the best

Good afternoon!

I did have this going in the morning and was prepared to give you the run down of my favorite books but then I ditched to read more of City of Bones.

In the midst of my review of Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels I mentioned that she was now at the top of the list for my favorite books and authors. I thought it would be worth it to mention who else is on that list and specifically why they’re on that list.

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)

Obviously Cassandra Clare is at the top of my list. Not only has she created a cast of characters that are lively and real but she’s also created a world that’s believable and close to being real. (That’s my PhD in Metaphysical Science talking) There’s also a love story there which I’m a sucker for. Also helps that The Mortal Instruments is like Gossip Girl and Buffy the Vampire Slayer combined, both series I enjoy quite a bit. It’s not overly dark or gruesome, there’s a lot of dry humor and regular everyday human stuff along with various non everyday human stuff, so there’s a good blend. She’s also become my hero because I write in third person and she’s shown me (ha, show don’t tell) how to interweave different POV without losing the reader. Honestly, I didn’t get it before reading COFA. So thanks!

Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

The Wolves of Mercy Falls is another favorite because of it’s cast of very believable and pardon my language but emo characters. I mostly like Shiver because of Sam, his character is tortured but soft. Also, the storyline has a lot of everyday stuff intermingled with the wolf stuff so there’s not like falling down the rabbit hole. As you can tell, my favorites involve NOT falling down the rabbit hole. Go figure. What Maggie taught me about writing was how to make it have lyrical flow. I love her sentence structure and the poetry in her words. It’s amazing how she can take something as ugly as a changing into a wolf and make it sound so beautiful. Honestly, my sentences were clunky before reading Shiver. Thanks Maggie!

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is another favorite series because of all the bad things that happened. It sort of reminds me that no matter how bad we think we have it, nothing could ever be as bad as the hunger games and the way people live in Panem. I was caught up in the fake love story and the love triangle and the fact that Katniss was such a rough character. She is probably my favorite female MC because everyone else loves her, but she doesn’t love herself. Also, she’s more concerned about survival than love. That makes her unique. I did love Suzanne’s prose with this, it wasn’t so much lyrical as it was descriptive and thought provoking. I found that seeing things through Katniss’s eyes really helped shape the way I experienced the Hunger Games. What I learned about writing is how to be ugly, how to be desolate, and how to be inside someone’s head, give them thoughts behind the actions and dialogue. Thanks Suzanne!

Hush, Hush

I loved this series because of the love story and the danger. Patch is the perfect bad boy and Nora is the perfect damsel in distress. There isn’t a lot more to say on this story other than the fact that Becca taught me a lesson in sexy and dangerous when it came to writing. Thanks!

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

Admittedly, I read the four books in a week, and that merits it a spot on the favorites list. I was drawn into the relationships between the characters at the time. I wasn’t a big fan of the format of the plot or some of the plot choices, but I enjoyed the characters immensely, especially Alice. She’s always been my favorite. What I learned about writing from this book is how to zoom in on things. There were so many little intricacies that Stephenie mentioned that I needed to pay attention to. She showed me how to get down to the nitty gritty. Thanks Stephenie!

There of course have been many other favorites but I think of these as my favorites while learning how to write, and also the books that have helped me along my writing journey.

Excuse me while I get back to City of Bones. I need to know what happens next!

Namaste,
Rhi