Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point, ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.
Even though romance is quite low on the list of themes I enjoy in my books, I wanted to find a way to follow the parameters of this week’s Love Freebie in honor of Valentine’s Day, and after some thought I decided that listing the book series that are closer to my reader’s heart would be a more than acceptable compromise.
So I picked up 5 each among my favorite Fantasy and Science Fiction series, to balance out the mix. For Fantasy the winners are:
Powder Mage – Brian McClellan
The Wounded Kingdom – RJ Barker
Blackthorn and Grim – Juliet Marillier
The First Law – Joe Abercrombie
Of Blood and Bone – John Gwynne
On the whole these are all quite… energetic series, with a good share of battles, duels and recklessly spilled blood, which might not look very fitting for a Valentine’s Day celebration, but they all managed to transport me in another time and place and made me care for their characters, which is reason enough to sustain my deep affection for these stories.
Moving over to Science Fiction, my choice fell on these:
The Expanse – James S.A. Corey
Donovan – W. Michael Gear
The Murderbot Diaries – Martha Wells
Embers of War – Gareth Powell
Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold
There is a little more lightness here, mostly thanks to the tongue-in-cheek humor coming from Murderbot and to Miles Vorkosigan’s happy recklessness, but these series still delight me for their wonderful combination of drama and humor and I know they will always be at the top of my lists.
And now it’s your turn: where did you lose your bookish hearts? 😉