I have read so many amazing books in my life, but we live so much in the moment that I never get the opportunity to talk much about a lot of my very favorite books. And I thought today would be a nice day to talk about atleast a few of them.
Aru Shah series is an absolute favorite of mine and I can’t tell you the joy I felt the first time I realized that this was based on the Mahabharata and just seeing the names of the Pandavas in an American middle grade novel was a great feeling. Can’t wait to read the third book which is releasing this year.
Living in the US means that I don’t read a lot of mytho-fiction which is probably the hottest selling fantasy subgenre in India, but I can never forget how much I was blown away by this book which started the whole craze for the genre in the first place. It was just such a unique take on our mythology and I think we all realized that our mythology is full of stories which can inspire many new fantasy books.
I’m a full on Hindi movie lover and a Karan Johar fangirl, so it wasn’t a surprise that I bought this book the day it released and read it in a day. I love his self-deprecating and sarcastic voice and had so much fun getting to know his story.
As a Mahabharata lover, I talk a lot on the blog about my favorite retellings but somehow always forget this one which is a shame because the author has retold the whole epic in a very unique way through the POVs of all the important female characters and it’s a brilliantly written epic undertaking. I recently read the third book in the series and can’t wait to read the next two which are about Lord Krishna.The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy is one of my oldest favorite YA fantasies which has strong female characters (and not just the fighting kind), a lovely supportive hero and such a fun story. I never get the opportunity to talk about it much because we have so many more brilliant YA heroines now but I think this is the perfect time because we just had a new release a couple of weeks ago set in the same world and I can’t wait to read it, and hopefully some of my favorites will have cameos in it.
I read graphic novels very rarely but I can tell you Fence is my favorite of them all because it has such an amazing group of friends and I love the art style. We don’t really know when the next volume will be released but we are getting a new YA novel set in the same world written by a different author, and I hope it will feature the same characters and tide me over till the comics are back.
I actually decided to read the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred because I felt that I wouldn’t be able to stomach a whole novel which is essentially about slavery. But seeing the story illustrated was no less brutal, and probably even more haunting, but it’s a brilliantly written story about strength, love and resilience and I can’t believe I don’t talk about it so much more.
I read very few books that are published in India and hardly anything in the SFF genre, so actually getting to read Magical Women and getting introduced to so many amazing fantasy authors was a joy and I really love this book so much.
Have you read any of these books? Or are you interested in any of them? Which of these sounds the most fun to you? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below…