Mar 5, 2012

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Question – It’s The Apocalypse And You Only Get Five Books…

Gah!  I usually hate questions like this one.  Really, I hide from them.  But for some reason when I read this one, it intrigued me.  I must have been in a particularly good mood because instead of grunting when I read it I saw it as more or a challenge.  Will I be able to answer?  Will I toss and turn  and not be able to sleep while trying to answer?  Will I curse my friend who suggested this question while I try to answer?

My friend is Christi.  Often, we talk books.  Shocking, I know.  Almost every time we chat, something she or I says turns a light bulb on in my head and I end up thinking of a Question for a future post.  I mentioned this to her the other day and she sent me this in an email:

It’s 2012.
The apocalypse is supposed to happen this year.
The electrical grids are going to fail.
Water is scarce.
Makeup is no longer and you are looking scarier by the day.
You and your family are setting off on foot across the country.
(Why does that always happen in the apocalypse?)
There is just enough room in Little Tommy’s wagon for five books.
What five books are you taking to read and reread for the rest of your (probably really shortened) life?

That is my Question for you today.  Yup.  Today I am going there.

Why I find this Question difficult is because most of my favorite books are books that are found in series.  And it’s so hard to separate a series and still feel the same love.  But after much consideration – and changing my mind a few times – I came up with these 5:

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning – I have only read that book once but have read the others in the series many times.  I have wanted to read it again because I know I missed some of the finer points because of how long I waited for this book’s release.  Yes, I was one of the many who waited for what seemed like forever for this book and just had to devour it as quickly as possible just so I could get to the bottom of the many mysteries that are part of this series.  Plus, I wanted to see if Mac and Barrons finally got together because Barrons…yum!  But thanks to my packed reading schedule, I have not been able to pick it up for a second time.  I believe the apocalypse might just be the perfect opportunity.

Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks – This is another book I have read many times.  It’s one of my feel good books.  Such a hot and sweet and amazing story.  And Damon…YUM!

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – This is the first non-YA book I read in my post-YA days.  Another book I have read many times.  LOVE the story, the characters, the world (it’s a fantasy book with very little romance and no descriptive sex)…love everything about it.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews – It’s a toss up which Kate Daniels book is my fave but I tend to lean most towards this one so it wins.  The chemistry between Kate and Curran is strong in every book but it just seems to be even more electric in this one.  And the story is amazing.

Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter – This one is for when I want to giggle and feel my heart swell at the end.  Such a sweet, fun and wonderful book.

So there you have it.  My five. *exhausted sigh*

Those were the first few that came to mind.  Now what you Don’t want to do while answering this Question is look at your favorites list.  That just confuses the hell out of you.  And now that you have my answer, it’s time for yours.  Go.

  1. Super tough question this week Julie! I’m still thinking about my answer even though you were kind enough to send me the Q in advance. 😛 I wanted to peak at your answers; you have some good choices for sure but I’m still not 100% committed to my 5 books. LOL so… TBC!

  2. Oh my…I think I’d rather slit my wrists than have to choose only 5 books! I’ve thought really hard about this. I couldn’t imagine not taking all of the Kate Daniels books, but I’d have to take the Fever series too, and I couldn’t leave the Mercy Thompson series, or the City of Bones series, SOOOO….I decided I’d just have to take the Julie Collins series by Lori G. Armstrong!

  3. chan kam luen says:

    off the cuff andin no particular order,
    shadowfever… barrons yum yum, dragonbound… dragos omg…
    something abt witches…derek… oh la la, lariss ione any of her books…, lothaire,, that is one crazy russian and yes rhys of iron duke by meljean brooke…

  4. Jessica says:

    I LOVE this question!

    After much debate, I think my list would include the following…

    Elantris – I’ve read and re-read this book more time than I can count. The story is just so beautiful and full of hope. No matter how dark things got (and they got pretty dark), the main characters never gave up hope, never stopped fighting to make things better. I think I could use that kind of hope at the end of all things.

    Shadowfever – I’d be hard pressed to bring just this one book – I’d rather take the whole series, however since this one concludes Moning’s amazing story, I’d have to choose it.

    Blue Sword – This story is a childhood favorite, and still one of the best YA novels I’ve ever read. I can’t imagine any post-apocalyptic trip without my battered paper back copy in tow.

    The Host – The Host, like Elantris is ultimately a story about hope, but it’s more than that as well. It’s a story about what it means to be a good and selfless human. Even in the face of intolerable cruelty and prejudice, the main character remains good and kind. I imagine the end of the world bringing out the worst in people. In the face of starvation, people tend to revert to a more animalistic state – it becomes survival of the fittest. I’m guessing it would be helpful to have a reminder that our humanity is worth holding onto no matter what.

    Twice Bitten – For my romance fix. I’m madly in love with this series, and even more in love with Ethan. I’d take this particular book because the romantic chemistry between Ethan and Merit is just so fantastic.

  5. Ha-ha! That means all those ebooks are gone! I told you the day would come. No, but really I’d have to have Ransom by Julie Garwood, Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, Cast in Shadow by Michele Sagara, Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.

  6. My list:
    The Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon
    Dreamfever – my absolute favorite of the fever series.
    Daughter of the Blood by Ann Bishop
    Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
    Simply Irresistible by SEP

  7. Carmel – Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    Michele – I have read everything you mentioned except your ultimate choice. I must check them out since everything else you said happens to be on my favorites list!

    chan kam luen – GREAT choices! Dragos is definitely a yummy pick! 😉

    Jessica – I’m totally with you on Twice Bitten. It’s by far my favorite of the series too. That chemistry – wowza!

    scooper – Iron Kissed is a great book. And, of course, totally with you on your choice of Kate book!

    Lup – Dreamfever is awesome. Chapter four!!! I really must check out SEP. I have one of her books in my book closet and you have just reminded me of that. lol

  8. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, only five!!
    1. Cry No More by Linda Howard
    2. Unmasked by CJ Barry
    3. Raphael by DB reynolds
    4. Caught by Harlan Coben
    5.Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

  9. Impossible question Julie. But if I can only take 5 books, they better be my favourites, and not thin ones either!

    Jean M Auel – The plains of passage
    Barbara Bickmore – The moon below
    Laurell K. Hamilton – Narcissus in chains (but I want all of her books to take with me!)
    Bertrice Small – Skye O’Malley
    CL Wilson – Crown of Crystal Flame

  10. It’s so difficult to choose 5 books. Well, mainly because I forget everything quite easily. But here they are:
    – Guilty pleasure by Laurell K Hamilton
    – Once for the money by Janet Evanovich
    – Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
    – The restorer by Amanda stevens
    – Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

    well I think I would choose these ones but I’m sure I have a lot of other books too!

  11. Michele says:

    Julie– OMG! You definitely have to read the Julie Collins series!! The first book is titled Blood Ties. There are 4 books in the series & she just released a short story in an anthology about 2 weeks ago. I own both the paperbacks & ebook formats of them– I love them sooo much! I typically don’t re-read books once I’ve read them the first time (my ADHD wont’ let me), but this series I’ve actually read multiple times…they are just THAT good! In fact, just talking about them…I think I need to read them again! Curran & Barrons & Adam are all heart thumpingly yummy…but they’ve got NOTHING on Tony!!

  12. Nice picks, Shadowfever would be in my pile too! Other than that I would have to do some serious thinking as to who makes the cut…

  13. I love your Monday questions. It really make me think. I usually post my comment and then go back and read everyone else’s.
    My top 5 books. (wish it was TOP 5 SERIES)
    I totally agree about ShadowFever.
    I think I have to go with Outlander & then Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.
    I would add Julie Garwood’s Ransom.
    And then I would close my eye’s and reach on to my shelf and pull out any Lisa Kleypas book.

    I too love Damon in Sweet Persuasion. He is one of the those heroes I completely drool over in a book but never in a million years could be with. LOL I have that same sort of love affair with Jack Cole from Shayla Black’s Wicked Ties.


  14. Dot – Nine Rules… very cute. And you remind me that I really do have to try Raphael. You’ve told me about it so many times! lol

    aurian – I have CL Wilson’s books. I really must read them. 🙂

    melliane – Magic Strikes! Woot!

    Michele – *writes down ‘Blood Ties’* If Tony is that awesome, I MUST check it out! Thanks!

    Lexi – Yes, serious thinking is definitely involved in this Question. lol

    Michelle – OMG You would bring Outlander?! Really?! I would never have guessed that! *insert sarcasm* 😉 And yes I totally agree with you on Damon. Totally drool worthy on page but I would never be able to be with him in real life. lol

  15. After a lot of thinking I decide I’ll buy a solar powered battery charger for my reader and bring all my books. 😉

  16. I absolutely LOVE this question Julie! So fun, and it really does make you think. LOL. (Marcela, and eReader is electronic…I don’t think even with a solar battery it would work…:-P ;-)) Anyway, I would ALSO pick Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter! (Thanks so much for introducing that to me…ok list form:
    1. Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter
    2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
    3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    4. The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
    5. The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter

  17. Bookaholic Cat – Cheater 😉

    Deanna – Harry Potter!!! Great idea. And the one you chose is my fave. Well, that and the last one. 🙂

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