You know that great quote that goes something along the lines of ‘people who read live many lives, while those who don’t live only the one pitiful existence’? (I may have paraphrased a tad, forgive me). Well, I’ve decided to do a blog post about the top 7 lives I’ve experienced as a result of someone’s creative, beautiful and essentially productive mind. So, here we go:
Numba 7: Waywalkers (Catherine Webb)
Lucifer (that devil dude who really likes sinning) is the main character and he has a sense of humour. Catherine Webb manages to bring time itself to life. As in he, Time, fathers children. Well, gods really. Sibling rivalry at its worst and its best. There’s nothing like reading a book whose tone is essentially sarcastic. What’s better, you get to be sarcastic to all those anthropomorphic gods the Greeks always went on about. Oh by the way, all those wars over the years are the result of all the negative vibes the gods were sending out from heaven when they were bickering.
Numba 6: Guitar Girl (Sara Manning)
Now, this one is a bit of a teen/chick/girl rock band kinda thing. For a tone-deaf girl like me I’ve always wondered what life would be like if I could carry a tune and manage to learn those four cords that could help me transform into a guitar goddess. But since I lack the motivation, skills and general funds I’m gonna stick to living through Molly. The protagonist gives you a (more than accurate) glimpse at what that bitch called fame would do to your life. It’s quirky, lighthearted and oh-so funny. It’s great to read early in the morning or when your trying to avoid studying for exams.
Numba 5: The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
I probably don’t need to go into detail about this one because if your reading this blog than you’ve probably heard about the Hunger Games. My piece of advice: read the books after watching the movies so that you can enjoy both. But when you finally sit down to read this epic but very readable trilogy, make sure you’ve got a good chunk of free time, a party packet of Doritos and a 2 litre bottle of whatever. Important: bottle must have one of those caps you can open with your teeth because you’re gonna have trouble tearing yourself away. But to sum up the actual story-line: crazy totalitarian systems, kids killing kids, major media bias.
Numba 4: The Dark Magician Trilogy (Trudi Canavan)
Trudi Canavan, man can that lady write. She’s one of those authors who decides that inventing an adventure for her character isn’t enough. She has to rename and recreate all of the animal/insect species her characters encounter on their adventure as well. That’s right, you read her books you enter a whole new fantasy dimension. Granted, while personally I think her characters are a little too ethical, she helps to really take the strain off your mind as you see her characters use their wit, and sheer determination, to win at life.
Numba 3: Harry muthafackin’ Potter (J. K Rowling)
Bitch please, one word: Hogwarts. If ever there was a way to make education fun its to give us all wands and magical abilities. Imagine the following conversation: ”Non-HP reader: I brewed some tea earlier. HP reader: I brewed a potion which is basically liquid luck so you can pretty much throw anything at me and somehow it will miss :P” Also, apart from going on loadsa amazing adventures and getting to pet extraordinary creatures (without worrying about the ethical implications of scientific mutation) you also get to learn how to deal with stress and a fear of dementors (or fear itself, hardcore, I know).
Numba 2: The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman)
This one is part of a trilogy but I actually read the third and final book before the first one. To sum it up in three words I’d have to say: religion, souls, Oxford. The characters souls take on an animal form that they can speak to and shit. Imagine, feeling a little lonely and being about to cuddle your soul-cat/daemon. Those boyfriend pillows are way lame compared to Philip Pullman’s idea.
The tide is high but I’m holding on, you’re gonna be my numba 1: Namaah’s Trilogy (Jacqueline Carey)
What’s that, you want to read three books but travel across numerous lands encountering magic, legends coming to life and a bit of sexy time? Well, Miss Jacqueline Carey can sort you out. Man, you can actually feel yourself growing at the same rate as the characters of her books. The worlds encountered rely heavily on political intrigue, mythical lore and a sense of belief and honour which underline your actions and choices. Three words: destiny, bears, love. It’s one of those books that make you want to go out and experience the world yourself. Or at least give it some serious consideration as you sit on a bus on the way to work.
So that draws this blog to a close.
Thank you and goodnight.