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My Favorite . . Series

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I started writing this yesterday but never actually got around to posting it. I’ll post my usual Thursday post tomorrow.

I read a lot of series, mostly mysteries and some fantasy. It’s really hard to pick a favorite. I love Ngaio Marsh and Agatha Christie, of course, and I can’t wait for the finale of Robert Bennet Jackson’s Divine Cities trilogy coming out in May. My current favorite though is probably Louise Penny’s Gamache series.

First, Armand Gamache is a great character, intelligent, introspective, caring, a detective who actually manages to have well-functioning relationships. Second, most of the books have the village of Three Pines as one of the settings. It’s someplace I would love to live – if it wasn’t so cold. I want to sit in the cafe and visit the bookstore. I want to be friends with the artist and (maybe) the poet.

Another reason I love this series is that it’s one my mom reads to. We’re both readers, but we tend not to have the same taste in books. When the new installment comes out in August we both pick it up. My mom usually gets the print edition and I get the audio and talk about it as we read it. It’s nice. There are currently twelve in the series, but according to Penny’s twitter feed, the next one has been sent off to the editors.

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My Favorite . . Sci Fi Novel

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. According to my shelves on Goodreads, I’ve read 13 books that I’ve classified as sci-fi in 9½ years. Four were last year though, which is interesting. I think my favorite sci-fi book, at least that I’ve read recently, was Arcadia by Iain Pears.

Arcadia is not strictly sci-fi. While it includes time-travel, dystopian and post-apocalyptic societies, it also has spies and cheesy romance. No space ships though. It’s not one I would usually have picked up, but I’ve been a fan of Pears for ages.

I’m not a fan of time travel, but I like the way time worked in this one. The past affected the future, but the future affected the past. You drop the glass so it shatters. The glass shatters, so you had to have dropped it. There were about three time-lines going. The base was 1960s London, but there are two possible futures: Anterworld, which feels like a typical fantasy world, and a dystopian world dominated by science and tech. The characters were well done and fit into their worlds. And the ending was perfect. The plot is complicated, and you would think it would be tough to wrap everything up in a satisfying way, but Pears managed it. It’s almost as if the ending came first and everything else had to happen to get there.

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My Favorite . . Book Cover

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

When I started to think about my favorite books cover, I realized that I actually have a favorite series of book covers. I’ve never read any of The Selection series, the premise doesn’t appeal to me, but I love the covers.

My absolute favorite is the 3rd, The One. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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