To some extent, this will be similar to other lists I've made, like recommended 2012 reads and the books that define me as a reader. However, this also includes some other titles you might not have expected me to read :).
*Didn't include picture books because I don't remember a majority of them and nowadays, they're just meh for me. Also don't expect to see comic books or graphic novels here as I don't read them either (though maybe one day I will get into them? You can suggest a few good titles for me :D). Also horror novels. I've tried a few, but I don't think that I'm the right audience. I appreciate the aesthetics, but they rarely ever impact me.
I don't read a lot of Middle Grade novels. Harry Potter is the exception, of course, but I'm not going to bother separating the rest of these into genres.
(does it count more as YA now that Percy's grown? Eh.)
(literally one of the most beautifully written children's novels I've read)
--- by C.S. Lewis*
(Wasn't a fan of the two Narnia books I read but his essays on children's lit are fantastic.)
*Note: obviously Harry Potter makes this list, even if I don't include the books. And for me, in case you were curious, HP7 > HP6 > HP4 > HP5 > HP3 > HP2 > HP1.
(Also Days of Blood and Starlight.)
(I wonder if I'd have the same experience with this if I'd read it now.)
(Despite my issues with this one, I really like her writing. I want to see it performed.)
(I need a refresher with this one too. And it doesn't really belong in PNR but meh.)
(Also Where She Went.)
(I like Anna too, but Lola gets priority.)
Fantasy, High or Urban:
(Anything by Kristin Cashore really, but Fire is my favorite.)
(Okay, so her books don't really fit here but where else to put them?)
(I need to reread this one. I remember LOVING it when I first read it,
but for the life of me, can't remember a lot of the details of the story anymore.)
Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic / Utopian:
(It seems obligatory to put this here since my review is the top one on Amazon and it was
the first review I'd written with all +s, if I'm not mistaken. But again I need a refresher o.O).
New Adult or Take-Place-in-College:
(I'm not even finished with this one, but I love it)
(Really I like all of her novels. Same for Courtney Milan & Sherry Thomas.)
(She's the sweetest! I got to help her with a signing while volunteering at the 2011 RT Convention, and meeting her convinced me to read her books).
(Also Shadow of Night.)
(As with Witchlanders, I remember loving this but don't remember much anymore.)
(Complete with my brother's genius margin notes like LOL. Isn't he a great student?)
*Truthfully, though I've read other erotica series, I have a hard time with them because
I don't find them quite compelling. The emotional relationships and tension don't work as well for me.
(Still haven't finished this one but loved what I'd read.)
Literary (or Various Books I Studied in School):
What does favorites mean in this context? They're not necessarily five-star reads, but they're the ones that have stayed with me, or the ones that I remember really impacting me when I first read them.
**Obviously some of these genre distinctions are more fluid than they seem in this list, and I could have broken down the categorizations further but if there'd only be one book on the list? Meh. By including this "literary" distinction at the end, I'm not implying that the other books don't have literary elements.
If you're curious what I think of any of these and I haven't linked to a review, just ask me about them below! Or if I've linked to one of my crappy, early reviews and you want to know more, the same applies :).
Do we share any favorites? What books do you still need to own to having read? Are there genres that you won't touch? Are there any books you're embarrassed to admit you've read? Want to recommend me some titles based on the ones I've listed?