Monday, June 24, 2013

Allison's Top Ten #Books of All Time

This week on the MSH Blog Tour I was asked to give my top 10 best and worst books I've ever read. I don't really have a list of worst books I've read so I'm going to share with you the best books I've ever read and tell you why I loved them. Here it goes.

Top Ten Best Books Ever! 

 (These are in no given order. I just listed my favorite books. )

1) Mary called Magdalene by Margaret George

Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those? Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared—and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific, "Apostle to the Apostles." Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. In a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene's life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman's voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, "the diary of a soul."


Why I loved it:
What can I say? Who doesn't love Margaret George. I had first been introduced to Margaret George's writing when I read The Memoirs of Cleopatra. I instantly fell in love with her writing style. She made me feel as if I was in ancient Egypt with Queen Cleopatra. I also loved the way she told the story through the eyes of a strong female lead. I wanted to tell my stories the same way she did with a strong believable female lead and a description that left my readers thinking they were in whatever historical setting I brought them.
Mary Called Magdalene was the second book of hers that I had read. Once again the author drew me into her story. The one difference this story had was that it strengthened my faith. Finally, here was a book that told the woman's side of walking with Jesus.

2) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
Until something goes wrong. . . .
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.


Why I loved it:
I was introduced to this book through Girl Scouts when I was in high school. I had been chosen to participate on a wider opportunity and it was required reading. I was going to meet Jack Horner, who was the inspiration for the book and I had to know about it so we could discuss the book with him. I loved this book because I love all things paleontological and anthropological. I will always associate this book with the wonderful experience I had with Jack Horner on his Egg Mountain Site in Montana.

3) Maiden Flight by Bianca D' Arc

A chance meeting with a young male dragon seals the fate of one adventurous female poacher. The dragon’s partner, a ruggedly handsome knight named Gareth, takes one look at the shapely woman and decides to do a little poaching of his own.

Sir Gareth both seduces and falls deeply in love with the girl who is not only unafraid of dragons but also possesses a rare gift—she can hear the beasts’ silent speech. He wants her for his mate, but mating with a knight is no simple thing. To accept a knight, a woman must also accept the dragon, the dragon’s mate…and her knight, Lars, too.

She is at first shocked, then intrigued by the lusty life in the Lair. But war is in the making and only the knights and dragons have a chance at ending it before it destroys their land and their lives.


Why I love it:
A friend of mine told me about Bianca's Dragon Knights series. She thought it would be a great read for me because I am into dragons, magic and had started writing a high fantasy erotica book called Passions Awakenings. Wow, all I can say is wow. You have to read this book. I'm addicted to the entire series now.

4) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece—from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.


Why I loved it: 
I love a great tale that puts on a spin on something I think I know. The Da Vinci Code challenged me to rethink about things I thought were true. I love a great book that keeps me on my toes.

5) Imzadi by Peter David

Years before they served together on board the "U.S.S. Enterprise." Commander William Riker and ship's counselor Deanna Troi had a tempestuous love affair on her home planet of Betazed. Now, their passions have cooled and they serve together as friends. Yet the memories of that time linger and Riker and Troi remain "Imzadi" -- a powerful Betazoid term that describes the enduring bond they still share.
During delicate negotiations with an aggressive race called the Sindareen. Deanna Troi mysteriously falls ill...and dies. But her death is only the beginning of the adventure for Commander Riker -- an adventure that will take him across time, pit him against one of his closest friends, and force him to choose between Starfleet's strictest rule and the one he calls "Imzadi."


Why I loved it:
Ok so you knew there had to be a Star Trek book in here somewhere, didn't you? LOL! I loved this book because I have always been fascinated by the relationship between Counselor Trio and Commander Riker. They were two of my favorite characters on Star Trek: TNG

6) Q-Squared by Peter David

In all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the "Starship Enterprise" TM. In the years since, Q has returned again and again to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q has always been mysterious and seemingly all-powerful.
But this time, when Q appears, he comes to Picard for help. Apparently another member of the Q continuum has tapped into an awesome power source that makes this being more powerful than the combined might of the entire Q continuum. This renegade Q is named Trelane, also known as the Squire of Gothos, who Captain Kirk and his crew first encountered over one hundred years ago. Q explains that, armed with this incredible power, Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous.

Now Picard must get involved in an awesome struggle between super beings. And this time the stakes are not just Picard's ship, or the galaxy, or even the universe, this time the stakes are all of creation.


Why I loved it: 
I loved the interactions between Captain Picard and Q. What I loved most about this book was the way the author was able to take something that happened in Star Trek and merge it with something that happened generations later. A cause and effect kind of thing. I love it when authors are able to explain why and how something in the past can affect the present.

7) Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.


Why I loved it:

Ah, the book that started my addiction to the Inheritance Cycle. Reading this book was like a drug for me. I couldn't put it down. I have always been fascinated with dragons and the supernatural. The most amazing part of this story was that the author had written this book while he was still in high school. His writing ability was well above his years. I have always admired young people who chase after their dreams. The thing that impressed me the most with this young author was his world building skills. He had developed this world so intricately that anyone reading the book would believe that this world and its people would have existed.

8) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

They open a door and enter a world.


Why I loved it:
I had fallen in love with the Chronicles of Narnia series as a child. What I love best about the series, as an adult, is how the author is able to tell the story of salvation through the use of fantasy and without saying the name of Jesus. The author is able to reach children and new believers through symbolism. I love that. It opens the door for anyone to ask questions about God and Jesus without causing offense to others.

9) Little House on the Prairie

When Laura Ingalls and her family set out for Kansas, they travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the perfect place to call home. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, but Laura and her family are busy and happy building their new little house.


Why I loved it: 
The Little House on the Prairie series are a timeless classic to me because they tell the story of a pioneer family from an author who lived it. Laura wrote her children's books from her childhood experiences as a pioneer. She was able to fictionalize her memoir without losing the flavor of someone who had experienced it.

10) Twilight by Stephanie Meyers

Bella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.


Why I liked it?
Twilight wasn't your typical vampire story. Normally I don't like to read about vampires but I had heard some good reviews about this series and decided to try it out for myself. I really like the way the author was able to bring several different vampire myths together and place her own spin on everything. I was so addicted I had to read the entire series.

Well there you have it. My top ten books. What are your favorite books?

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