Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books (or series) I can count on to lift my spirits

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump. I’m not sure I actually have reading slumps — I mean, I can ALWAYS find something that gives me a reading energy boost! So, twisting the theme just a bit, here are ten books that make me happy (even though their stories are not only rainbows and kitties.)

1) The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: Sure, terrible things happen to the characters throughout the series, but there’s just something so wonderful about spending time with them all, no matter how dire the circumstances.

2) The Parasol Protectorate books by Gail Carriger: Supernatural shenanigans plus Victorian manners — definitely a winning combination.

3) Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs: I love the Mercy Thompson series as well as the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs. This novella in particular is one that I love reading and re-reading. It’s short and sharp and just so perfect.

4) Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling — need I say more?

5) Pretty much anything by Jane Austen: I love them all, and they always make me smile. The audiobooks are sheer delight!

6) And also, anything by Georgette Heyer! I’ve read 6 or 7 of her books so far, but plan to read lots more! Just happy, fun reading experiences.

7) The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley: It’s been a while since I last read this one, but I know it always makes me happy.

8) Fables by Bill Willingham: Such an amazing graphic novel series. I’m definitely looking forward to starting again from the beginning one of these days.

9) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Such silly fun.

10) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Not necessarily this book specifically, but sweet YA romances in general are sometimes the perfect solution to a gray and cloudy mood.


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Flashback Friday: Last Chance To See

NOTE: Flashback Friday will be taking a little pause over the holidays! Look for my next Flashback Friday post on Friday, January 10th.

Flashback Friday is my own little weekly tradition, in which I pick a book from my reading past to highlight — and you’re invited to join in!

Here are the Flashback Friday book selection guidelines:

  1. Has to be something you’ve read yourself
  2. Has to still be available, preferably still in print
  3. Must have been originally published 5 or more years ago

Other than that, the sky’s the limit! Join me, please, and let us all know: what are the books you’ve read that you always rave about? What books from your past do you wish EVERYONE would read? Pick something from five years ago, or go all the way back to the Canterbury Tales if you want. It’s Flashback Friday time!

My Flashback Friday for this week:

Last Chance to See

Last Chance To See
by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
(published 1990)

Synopsis (Amazon):

Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant – as only Douglas Adams can be – LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth’s magnificent wildlife galaxy.

I am so glad that I stumbled cross this non-fiction book by the extraordinary Douglas Adams a couple of years ago. We all know and love Douglas Adams for his incredibly inventive and humorous works of fiction (I mean, does anyone NOT like The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy??), but this work of non-fiction is just as funny and entertaining, even in its more serious moments and while delivering not terribly optimistic messages about the fate of the natural world.

The book Last Chance To See grew out of a BBC production in which Douglas Adams traveled with zoologist Mark Carwardine to all sorts of far-flung points around the globe. Their goal was to see, understand, and document the plight of animals so endangered as to be all but assured of extinction. Among the animals visited were komodo dragons, northern white rhinoceroses, mountain gorillas, and more. In each instance, Adams describes the plight of the species and how they got to that point, what’s being done to protect them, and what the future may hold.

It’s often a sad journey, but with Adams’s quirky and wonderful writing, Last Chance To See manages to entertain and challenge the reader. It’s witty, it’s gritty, and it’s just a pleasure to read. I highly recommend Last Chance To See for anyone who enjoys Douglas Adams, as well as for anyone who’d like a fresh take on humanity’s footprint on the animal kingdom and its habitats.


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