Three Books I Read Again and Again

I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hands. As an eighth grader in my small Christian elementary school I was voted as such with those superlative things. At halfway to age 34, not much has changed.

If you’ve found your way here I’m sure you’ve been told the same kind of thing. I’m know for a fact that every writer has those books. The book that convinced them to write or the book with the story line that stayed with them for years.

Each of the following titles I know I’ve mentioned on this site somewhere before, whether it’s in this post or on this page. But I will never tire talking about these books. They each have their own special place in my heart, and each gave me the same thought: “If they can write, I think I can too.”

Imagine my joy when this book was made into a film. Think of one of your favorite series (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass comes to mind in regards to this) and you just know that everyone else is pining over the possibility of a movie. I didn’t even know about the one for The City of Ember until it was already out of the theatre. Films hardly do the imagination justice, unless they have the Lord of the Rings budget treatment. So while I adored the fact that the film was even made (heck Bill Murray was in it!) my imagination still wanted more.

The trouble with books is, they always try to teach the wrong lessons…oh wait. That’s a line from the Wicked soundtrack. Sorry about that. I also paraphrased it a bit for this post. (Don’t come after me, Stephen Schwartz, okay?) But it holds true to how each individual reader interprets the imagery and each scene in a story. Here’s the setup (I’ll try not to include too many spoilers):

Map of the city

In a time following some grand disaster, Lina and Doon only know darkness. They only know what’s within their city and nothing of the great Unknown Regions. So when life turns desperate and the pull of adventure becomes too great, they know they must do something to keep the lights from going out.

The City of Ember is a young adult series with other titles, The People of Sparks, The Diamond of Darkhold and The Prophet of Yonwood. I admit that, while I own the whole series, I haven’t read the others as much as I have Ember. The People of Sparks continues the adventure begun with Lina and Doon, following changes the entire town faces together. Other than Star Trek (boy oh boy do I love that series), The City of Ember is the book that drew me into the adventure genre.

For its adventure, tight description and character lovability, consider reading The City of Ember! It’s definitely perfect for a summer reading list!

Now this book hasn’t been made into a film, but it’s the one that introduced me to Melanie Dickerson. You know how Pringles has their old jingle motto, “Once you pop the fun don’t stop?” Ms. Dickerson just published the latest in the Medieval Fairy Tale Series, The Warrior Maiden, and I’m dying to read it. There are twelve…TWELVE!!! books in this series and I discovered it with an adventure right smack dab in the middle.

That meant a middle of the night book splurge to buy all that I could, and here they are in order:
The Healer’s Apprentice
The Merchant’s Daughter
The Captive Maiden
The Fairest Beauty
The Princess Spy
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
The Golden Braid
The Beautiful Pretender
The Noble Servant
The Orphan’s Wish
The Warrior Maiden

Okaaaay I admit I came in a bit later than halfway through. It’s with this series I grew to love historical fiction. While they’re all based off fairy tales, they’re truly rich with German history.

Oh, and one thing I haven’t clued you in on yet – they are romance for young adults. I’m not a romance reader but I couldn’t resist this book. Keep in mind also that The Beautiful Pretender draws from both Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and the Pea, twisted in its own way.

It’s rather hard to write about the books I love without giving away too much of the plot. Because, spoilers, right? But I hope one day you’ll pick up a book or two in this series

My oh my oh my oh my. It’s come to Inkheart, has it? My uncle brought me this book years ago after one of his many trips to England. I introduced a college classmate and my cousin to the series, even managing to get a signed copy of Inkspell for said cousin. She’s now trying to write her own book. At thirteen.

Dang it…she’s probably going to beat me to the publishing punch at this point.

Regardless, this book evoked the same thing in all three of us – we absolutely love this tale. It’s consistent throughout all three Inkworld books – Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath – and you fall for the story within the first chapter.

So when I heard that Brendan Frasier was to play the Dad, aka Mo. Aka Silvertongue, in the film adaptation… *sigh* … oh so happy! Sadly the film wasn’t scored well on Rotten Tomatoes, but what do they know?! They obviously didn’t read the book.

As with The City of Ember film, they left things out (like with Harry Potter-where was Peeves? Or Madge Undersee from The Hunger Games). This rich book gives detail in a way that makes you immediately agreeable with a character or want to find some creative way to get rid of them.

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from Inkheart, and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of the book, landing in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie’s in the middle of the kind of adventure she thought only took place in fairy tales. Somehow she must master the magic that has conjured up this nightmare. Can she change the course of the story that has changed her life forever?

A book about a book? Count me in! No, but seriously. I love tales within tales, and Inkheart is no exception. From bibliophile Elinor to despicable Basta, I promise you’ll (hopefully) love this adventure! But seriously…read the book first, watch the movie later!

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