Thursday, December 2, 2010

Reading Meme - Day One

I'm not a fan of memes but, I came across an interesting one over at On a Pale Star.  According to Jessica, she 'shamelessly filched' this reading meme from Waiting for Fairies, who 'fully admits to blatantly stealing it' from C. E. Murphy's journal.  So I said to myself, 'What the hey!' and decided to participate in a little petty theft of my own.  I figured this would be a fun way to work on my consistency and help flex some of my creative muscles.  Here are the questions I’ll be answering over the next 30 days:

Day One – Your favorite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
Day Two – A book that you wish more people had read
Day Three – Your favorite recent book
Day Four – Your favorite book ever
Day Five – A book you hate
Day Six – Your favorite writer
Day Seven – A writer you don’t like
Day Eight – Your favorite work in translation
Day Nine – Best scene ever
Day Ten – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day Eleven – A book that disappointed you
Day Twelve – A book you’ve read more than twice
Day Thirteen – Favorite childhood book
Day Fourteen – Favorite male character
Day Fifteen – Favorite female character
Day Sixteen – Your guilty pleasure book
Day Seventeen – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy
Day Eighteen – Favorite book cover
Day Nineteen – Best ensemble of characters in a book
Day Twenty – Favorite kiss or love scene
Day Twenty-one – Favorite fictional romantic relationship
Day Twenty-two – Favorite ending/climax
Day Twenty-three – Most annoying character
Day Twenty-four – Best quote
Day Twenty-five – A book you plan on reading
Day Twenty-six – OMG WTF? plot
Day Twenty-seven – Favorite non-mainstream writer
Day Twenty-eight – First book obsession
Day Twenty-nine – Current book obsession
Day Thirty – Saddest character death

So without further ado, here's the answer to the Day One question.

Your Favorite Series of Books
(with more than 3 in the series)

The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

Okay so I’m going to make a confession.  The reason I ended up discovering this series is because of a little pop culture phenomenon known as the Twilight series.  What!?  Don’t look at me like that!  I can explain.  I found out about the Twilight series about 3 years ago.  Prior to picking up that series I had been on a really long reading hiatus. My sister suggested giving the Twilight books a try.  I picked up the first book on a Monday and finished the fourth book 4 days later.  I felt invigorated.  I had reconnected with an old friend who I hadn’t seen in a very long time and hadn’t realized how much I missed them.  I needed something to fill the reading void and I needed it ASAP.  I drove over to my local B&N and browsed the Science Fiction section for what seemed like hours.  I don’t know why these books called out to me but, I ended up taking Dead Witch Walking home with me.  I was friggin’ blown away!  I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster but, I loved every second of it.  Thus my love affair with The Hollows series (and Urban Fantasy) was born.


Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine

I think I started reading this series at about the same time I started The Hollows series.  Unlike The Hollows series I know exactly why I picked up the Weather Warden series.  It was all about the cover.  I mean seriously guys, the heroine is in a bad ass muscle car.  Not only is she in a bad ass muscle car but, she’s facing down what looks like the storm of the century.  Once I started reading Joanne Baldwin’s story I realized that the cover is a great representation of the series’ heroine.  Joanne Baldwin is a bad ass mofo.  She kicks ass and takes name.  I think this series is ridiculously underrated.  If you’re looking for an awesome UF series to add to your TBR pile I highly recommend the Weather Warden series.

ill wind heat stroke chill factorwind fall firestorm thin airgale force cape storm total eclipse

The Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

There’s plenty of books I read while growing up that left an impression on me but, none of the books bring back such strong emotions as the Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz.  The stories literally scared the buhjeezus out of me and I couldn’t get enough.  I think I got my first taste in the fifth grade.  My teacher would read them to us on Fridays if we behaved during the week.  She would turn the lights off for maximum effect and go to town on our little impressionable imaginations.  Needless to say I haven’t been right since.  Yeah, yeah I know I’m suppose to list series with more than three books but, this is my post and I’ll write what I want to.


Thanks for sticking with me through this post and letting me gush about some of my favorite books!  So if you haven’t fallen asleep on me yet I want to know what are some of your favorite series?


  1. I finally caught up with Rachel Morgan and can't wait for Pale Demon. I managed to finally win a copy of it from LibraryThing (third time's the charm, eh? NYCC, Netgalley, & LT). I'll totally share it with you too :) I don't remember precisely where I first learned about Dead Witch Walking but I'm so glad I did.

    I like Joanne Baldwin too - have you tried her spinoff series about the djinn Cassiel? Just as good :)

  2. I also don't really care for memes too much but this one is pretty cool=) I'm so glad I have found another Weather Wardan fan!!! I agree this series is def underrated. It's a fantastic UF series and yep Joanne is a bad a$$ mofo! Great meme Jen=)I might partake in this theft as well *sneaky grin*.


  3. @Jen: Hi roomie! I actually have to get my butt in gear and get caught up. I think I'm making 2011 the year of catching up on all the series on my shelf. ;-) LOL..sweet score! Thanks for sharing the book love. =) I haven't tried the spinoff series yet but, I hear it's really good too.

    @Paper Cut Reviewer: Yay to finding more Weather Warden fans!! Yes, yes she is. And let's not forget the awesomeness that is David. *sigh* I'd love it if you partook (is that even a word) in some petty theft with me. =D

    Thanks for stopping by ladies!

  4. Whoo! Love this meme. It really is going to blow up my "to read" list. I'm glad you decided to engage in some petty theft. :)

    The Weather Warden series is now added to the aforementioned list. It be a while before I get around to them, but I've not heard of them before, so they're on my radar now.

  5. The Hollows and The Weather Warden series are equally awesome and I love them both SO much! I think Harrison is one of the best UF authors in the biz!!

  6. @Jessica: Glad you're being a good sport about my misdemeanor. Does this make us co-conspirators? ;-)

    Woohoo! Glad I could turn you on to the Weather Wardens series. They're really fun and intense reads.

    Looking forward to checking out the rest of your answers. =)

  7. I haven't read any of your faves. But I will. Really.
    This is a great idea and I'm looking forward to reading your answers every day! :)

  8. Oh Yes I can't forget David's amazing hotness!!! I haven't read RC's Outcast series yet but was wondering if it's just as good...hmmm.

  9. @SmashAttack: I agree 110%! RC and KH make my top 5 lists everytime.

    @Julie: My, my, the tables have turned. LOL! When you get the chance you definitely should.

    Thanks for stopping by guys!

    @Paper Cut Reviewer: I hear it is...but, I can't start until I finish up the Weather Wardens. I've been dragging my feet because I know that there's an actual end in sight. *sigh*

  10. OMG KH is brilliant! Her series is my top 2. (i just can't choose) :P

    I have the first several Weather Warden books waiting in the wings. I can't wait to start!

    *whispers* I stumbled into UF eventually b/c of the dreadful Bella as well....which was also rec'd to me by my sister...bizarre huh?! ;)

  11. Don't hate me but I have never read any of these books! Sadly, I don't even have much of an excuse other than I just felt behind on the Hallows series so I never picked them up. It looks like I might have to buckle down and start reading.

  12. @Spinecracker: You need to jump on it missy. You won't regret it. At least I hope you won't. ;)

    OMG!! I'm not alone! Bizarre but, a good bizarre. ;)

    @Anna: Hi Anna! Don't be silly! I'd never hate you...especially for not getting around to a book series. When you have a chance give them a shot. You won't be sorry. =)

    Thanks for stopping by ladies!