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Recommend An… Author Similar to One I Love (Tamora Pierce)

15 Oct

Chances are if I love an author I will probably love similar authors as well. But an author I super love is Tamora Pierce. I’ve been reading Ms. Pierce since I was 11. That is 16 years of reading and loving her books. Since she has been putting out great books my entire life it is super easy to find other authors similar to her now. Here are some of my favorites, complete with approval from the great lady herself.

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Kristin Cashore

Author of Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue.

Her books all take place in a very Tamora Pierce like world. A world where magic is real, kingdoms exist, and there are really strong heroines.

Tamora Pierce’s Goodreads rating: 5 stars for Graceling and Fire

Jane Yolen

Author of Sister Light, Sister Dark, White Jenna and The One-Armed Queen.

The Great Alta books are a great series that is a little bit more grown up than Tamora Pierce’s books, but totally great reads. The bond between the women in these books is amazing and the world building is so in-depth. Finding them can sometimes prove a little difficult. Even the ginormous library system I work for doesn’t appear to have any copies of the three books. They can be found for really cheap on Amazon though and I highly recommend them.

Tamora Pierce’s Goodreads rating: 5 stars for Sister Light, Sister Dark, 4 stars for White Jenna and The One Armed Queen

Sherwood Smith

Author of Crown Duel.

Aside from the fact that this author has an awesome first name, her books are pretty cool as well. She has written a lot of books, but unfortunately I’ve only read Crown Duel. It is a great Tamora Pierce like book. Lots of action and fierce heroine awesomeness.

Tamora Pierce’s Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Honorable Mentions: Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Patricia Wrede.

**Have you read any Tamora Pierce books? Which series is your favorite?**

**Do you have any other recommendations for authors that are similar to Tamora Pierce?**

Recommend A… Book You Could Give as a Birthday Present

8 Oct

I love giving presents! I especially love giving books for presents, so this week’s “Recommend A…” meme is absolutely perfect for me.

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For everyone:

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I’ve been talking about this book a lot and with good reason. This is in my top 5 books of 2012 so far and may even be in the #1 slot. It is a bit of a long book (around 600 pages), but every page is worth it. The greatest thing about The Diviners is that I think it would appeal to a lot of different readers. Set in the 1920s New York, prohibition era, jazz music, a mystery, a splash of romance, and a whole lot of supernatural stuff going on makes for a very interesting plot. This isn’t your typical supernatural stuff either. There’s no werewolves, vampires, or witches. Not a fairy in sight. Just some good ole perhaps demonic, religious cultish apocalypse, and a dash of murder.

For my chick lit lovers:

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm

This book is adorable. For a history nerd like me, Libby’s summer job sounds like way too much fun. For the summer she works at a “living museum” teaching girls all about the ways of colonial life. There’s a lot of flirting, a mysterious haunting, a mean girl who is taking the whole thing way too seriously, and not ONE, but TWO cute boys. Perfect mixture for summer delight.

Follow up with Confederates Don’t Wear Couture (June 2013).

For my more serious readers:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This book will make you cry. No doubt about it. It is an emotionally charged ride for sure. 17-year-old Mia is in a terrible car crash and is left incapacitated. Somehow she is able to view the ongoing lives of her loved ones from outside of her body and must make a very difficult choice. Stay… or go.

Follow up with Where She Went.

For my adventurous readers:

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

This book is one of the best YA fantasy books I’ve ever read. Katsa lives in a world where people are discriminated against based on their “Graces” (or talents). Her grace is one of killing. Her uncle, the King, uses her for her skill to hold tight his reign. An unexpected ally comes into her life who has a similar skill, combat. They forge a bond and set off to uncover a secret big enough to upset the entirety of the seven kingdoms.

Follow up with Fire and Bitterblue.

**What book(s) would you give for someone’s birthday?**

**What book(s) would you like to get as presents?**

Recommend A… Book by a Male Author

16 Jul

I’ve jumped on the “Recommend A…” blog meme bandwagon. This weekly Monday meme is hosted by ChickLovesLit.

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I recommend…

For the juvenile reader: Any book by Roald Dahl!

Matilda is always a good place to start. Some other favorites include James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

 

 

 

For the YA reader: Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

 

Seriously this series is so awesome. I can’t believe I still haven’t finished it. The only good thing about not being caught up is that I don’t have to wait as long before the next one comes out in October.

 

 

For the adult reader: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

 

I have re-read this book at least 5 times. I have watched the mini-series at least as many times. I kind of love Peter Mayle’s hilarious stories about living southern France. The best part about his Provence book is that they are real and are what actually happened in his life.

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