Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. I’ve been thinking a lot about books and books I’ve read in my lifetime lately and I wonder where all the original books have gone. The bestseller lists are littered with the same old stories. It seems like every book I’ve read is similar to another I’ve read. Where is the creativity? Where is the originality? I really wish, as a reader, I could discover a book that gave me all sorts of feelings (both happy and sad) and the aha moment.
So here’s my top five books that are the most creative, most original books I’ve had the pleasure to read. I’d love to hear the books that did the same for you so please share in the comments below.
Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien’s classic masterpiece, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring. When they were first published, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world. This new boxed set, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien’s remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ part in the epic quest for the Ring – beginning with Bilbo’s fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom and Bilbo’s departure to the Grey Havens.
My Reaction – When I first read these immortal classics, I was blown away by the action, adventure, magic and characters. I loved how real the characters and Middle Earth were to me as a reader and while many have tried to imitate Tolkien, a few have come close but nothing as original as this.
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with signature classic novel, a time-travel romance featuring a present-day heroine and a dashing hero from the sixteenth century!
Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely Dougless Montgomery lies weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, the most extraordinary man appears. It is Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck…and according to his tombstone he died in 1564.
Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadows reason, Dougless knows that Nicholas is nothing less than a miracle: a man who does not seek to change her, who finds her perfect, fascinating, just as she is. What Dougless never imagined was how strong the chains are that tie them to the past…or the grand adventure that lay before them.
Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, A Knight in Shining Armor is “a glorious love story that spans centuries, worlds, and souls. It is the epitome of every woman’s fantasy” (Chicago Daily Herald).
My Reaction – I know it’s hard to not run into familiar tropes when it comes to romance but none of the time travel romances rival what I felt when I first read this book. Vivid descriptive narration with a sweeping romance spanning centuries make this an original.
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.
Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible—that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.
Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.
But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret—and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.
My Reaction – Suspense books are tricky to rate its originality because they all go by a certain formula. What makes this book stand out is the way the author slowly draws out the plot. He creates panic in the reader and you have to keep reading to see what happens. Beck is one of the greatest characters ever written and even with Coben’s future work, he wasn’t able to capture the magic of this book.
Pauline, was rescued from a shipwreck as a baby. She longs to be an actress.
Petrova, is a Russian orphan. She is happiest when playing with cars and engines.
Polly was handed over with just a pair of ballet shoes to her name. If she could, she would dance all day!
But one thing they DO have in common is, that with money running out at home and Great Uncle Matthew missing, the sisters want to stay together. Whatever it takes.
As they prepare for a dazzling life on stage, the dreams and fears of the fossil girls are about to come true…
My Reaction – Children’s books today are rife with angst and strife and I long for the days of original children’s fiction made to illicit dreams of little girls everywhere. I so wanted to be a dancer when I was little and I got to live out my dream when reading this book. More books need to inspire kids through unique characters and a little conflict (not tons of conflict).
Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”
Last summer, The New Yorker published Chef Bourdain’s shocking, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Bourdain spared no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain’s first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain’s tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You’ll beg the chef for more, please.
My Reaction – When this first came out, the world was shocked. Someone telling the truth about what happens in the restaurant industry? Scandalous and oh so irresistible to read! I want to read original stories about real life happening to real people. No need to add extra intrigue, conflict and drama because I want an unvarnished account. It’s why I love reading blogs nowadays. Bloggers tell it like it is without a filter and that’s what I crave.
Have a similar book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!
MRS N, Book Addict