8 Jul

Athena’s Picks!


Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorsen: I read the­se books once a year. The strength of Lirael to over­come her dark depres­sion, and Sabriel’s fear­less­ness in the face of Evil gives me the strength to find light­ness and good in the worst of sit­u­a­tions. Bonus points for this one: The audio book is read by Tim Cur­ry, and it is an entranc­ing expe­ri­ence.


Amer­i­can Gods: If you want to let lit­er­a­ture breathe mag­ic into the mun­dane again, this is a good choice. In this book you get to meet all the mys­te­ri­ous back­ground gods of the world that inhab­it the every­day world in strange ways. This book will make you think and ques­tion and regain your sense of won­der.


Left Hand of Dark­ness: If you claim to love sci fi, this book HAS to be on your Must-Read list. This clas­sic dealt with issues far before their time, one of which is now high­light­ed by today’s events and cul­tur­al shift: the ques­tion of gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty!


The Gold­en Com­pass: The best part about this book is being able to live in a world, for just a moment, where every­one has their own forever best friend. I would give my left arm for a dea­mon. You have to check it out. (For more about why I love this book, check out my full review!)


The Name of the Wind: This book is heavy and big, but let me tell you, it was over FAR to quick­ly when I final­ly got around to read­ing it. Roth­fuss pulls you through an epic tale, full of promis­es, and ques­tions. You WILL love this book. I have no doubt. The only rea­son you won’t like it is because when you fin­ish read­ing this and then the sec­ond book, you’ll be real­ly quite mad that #3 isn’t done yet. Damn you Roth­fuss.


Lucifer: I absolute­ly love this ver­sion of Lucifer’s sto­ry. Look, you need to read the­se, if only just because when the TV show comes out, you have to know the truth about Lucifer. The show will only tell you lies.


The Hero and the Crown: Some will try and tell you that this book isn’t as good as The Blue Sword, but it is still by far my favorite of the two. This is the sto­ry of a girl who absolute­ly refus­es to be any­thing but a hero, and she will inspire you to live big and stay strong and nev­er let your drag­ons talk you into giv­ing up and let­ting go.

So, what do you think?