Beatrix Potter may be one of the many reasons I own this Rabbit.
Ok. I am a day late, but it is the thought that counts, right? I was too busy reading yesterday!
Let’s talk about another totally awesome thing – reading. Haven’t fond a passion for it yet? You’re reading a blog, so you probably have and just haven’t found the right author. That can be hard. There are some books I have liked and some I have loved, but it doesn’t mean I was jumping-up-and-down excited to read them at first.
My bad. Let me apologize to you right now, that wasn’t too fair. To be honest, some of those original authors maybe the very ones making this list. A lesson I should learn from this: sometimes love must blossom over time.
Here are five authors that really do capture my heart with their writing. I would absolutely recommend picking up a book, but I also know how personal reading is. Find a genre you love, but also find an author who makes you excited. Reading is an awesome passion, we need more reading time in our busy lives.
1.) J.K Rowling: If you grew up around the same time I did, you know who this wonder-women is. You also probably know she wrote some of my favorite books of all time, Harry Potter. I loved these tales growing up, and every time I pick them up again (sign of a great book – you want to re-read it) I pick something new up from the characters and epic tale of wizardry. There is so much to these books. I was a reader before hand, I am a book-nerd afterwards.
To be honest, she inhabited my childhood with her stories, and provided some much needed stability in times where I was moving and not so stable. It was a family activity as well. each summer when the next Harry Potter tale would release, we would all put aside hours each evening to read the book aloud together. My childhood will always have Harry Potter, J.K Rowling, and family reading time intertwined. I think that is awesome.
2.) Tamora Pierce: If Rowling was the first author I loved, she only paved the way for my next fantasy fix. Thanks to a lovely librarian in the town I was living in, the Circle of Magic made it’s way into my living space. A totally different feel from Harry Potter, but one I enjoyed just as much.
The characters were developed over multiple series, the talents they had were cool, and the story kept me up way later then I should have been many nights. It captured my love for Fantasy (started by Harry Potter) and took it to another level, I found a genre I loved at this point, and it was wicked cool. I still pick up her stories and enjoy them, she has a fabulous talent for young adult fantasy books.
3.) Beatrix Potter: These classic treasures are full of tales of furry little creatures, and a garden they like to steal treats from. Adorable. I think this is probably the reason I have a pet rabbit, because I just can’t help to love Peter Rabbit and friends.
You don’t have to be a kid to get full enjoyment out of it, go pick these tales up if you haven’t already. You won’t regret spending some time in the country side.
4.) Robert Munsch: I would love to get inside this man’s head for like, a day. His stories are hilarious, fun, charming, and a delight to read with little kids. Although, don’t let them know this, I think I love them more then all the kids I have ever babysat. ha.
John Green: One of my new favorite authors.
Seriously. Check him out if you haven’t already. “I have to go!” is a favorite of mine, and you can even hear him read it on his website here.
5.) John Green: I’ve mentioned the fabulous VlogBrothers in a few of my other posts, but I have to admit this is a rather new must-read-author for me. I was privileged to read part of “Waiting For Alaska” at one point, but I never got around to picking up the book again. Bad decision! Because I am totally in love with this man’s writing.
To be honest it has been awhile since I have been truly excited to read a book. I think the last time I had a true nerd moment was with the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (which was followed by many, many, tears.) – his latest book “The Fault In Our Stars” broke that rut. The more I heard about the book, the more I was sure I had to have it. Let me assure you, that was a brilliant decision.
I don’t want to spoil any of these books, so let me bottle up some of the reasons for my excitement, spoiler free:
- His books and characters are unbelievably touching, and yet I love the hint of satire in some of the paragraphs written.
- The thoughts and actions of the characters are described in a unique, and rather humorous way. You can’t help but to love many of them.
- Each time I pick up another novel by John Green, I am impressed by his command of the English Language. Seriously. His vocabulary is amazing, but it also flows so naturally off the pages, there is no struggle to understand the story he is telling.
- The Style in which he writes keeps you coming back for more. His books are just paced well in general, and I lose track of time reading. This is also a good sign.
To summarize: please just pick these up if you have an interest in the novels, I don’t think you will be disappointed. The stories in general are just a great read. I am fresh off many of these stories, and I am struggling to keep it Spoiler free.
I can not recommend his books enough, they have brought the passion I had for reading right back to the surface. Thank you for bringing that passion back.
Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go! Pick up a book, immerse yourself in the imagination of another and enjoy the freedom of a good novel.