Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

I had previously published a Top 5 Romantic Novel list in 2015. This is my list for 2017. The only constant is The Deception of the Emerald Ring; which I clearly like quite a bit.  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen I am not sure what all I can say about this novel other than that I think it [...]

Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Themes Explored: fantasy, escapism, luck, wits, endurance, slavery, foolishness and folly, patriotism, society and class, injustice, wisdom, knowledge, technology, modernization, the supernatural, magic, wizardry, romance, adultery, betrayal, satire Summary: A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire. (From Goodreads) Review: I love King Arthur stories, the adventure, [...]

Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

Themes Explored: romance, fantasy, lust, escape, rebellion, womanhood, piracy, love, hate, tolerance, husband-wife dynamics, children, fishing, loyalty Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. When chance leads her to meet [...]

Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young men and boys in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Chronicles of [...]

Erika Johansen-The Fate of the Tearling

Themes Explored: dystopia, monarchy, romance, vampires, death, destiny, fate, time, fantasy, fiction, evil, hope, civilization, hopelessness, magic, swordplay Synopsis: In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she [...]

Children’s Books with Strong Heroines

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young women and girls in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Islands of [...]

Sarah J Maas-Empire of Storms

Themes Explored: fantasy, romance, love, magic, battle, fire, mythology, sacrifice, death, joy, despair, relationships, piracy, evil, prophesies, demons, possession, witchery, illusion, elves, immortality, ancestors, descendants, premonition, deception, shapeshifting, legacy, assassination, training, loyalty Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been [...]

Tom Clancy-Red Storm Rising

Themes Explored: politics, geopolitical warfare, geopolitics, oil dependency, economics, communism, modern warfare, espionage, suspense, adventure, mystery, terrorism, diplomacy, meteorology Synopsis: Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. (From Goodreads) Review: I apologize for the lack of recent activity. Between [...]

Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Themes Explored: friendship, power, coming of age, pride, language, supernatural, man and the natural world, education, duty, personal responsibility, arrogance, death, death, balance, coming-of-age, fantasy, dragons, magic, wizardry, consequences Summary: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and [...]

Neil Gaiman-Neverwhere

Themes Explored:  fantasy, urban fantasy, restlessness, adventure, danger, evil, the underworld, life, romance, action, death, magic, shadows, mysticism, assassins, invisibility, time-travel, angels, fall from grace, power, darkness, legend, fighting, religion, dreams, destiny Summary: Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers [...]