Friday, August 22, 2014

Sarah's Must-Reads

There are many books I like. There are more than a few books I love. And then there are books that I obsess over and recommend heartily to anyone who'll listen. What are these books?

I'm glad you asked.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I don't care if you don't like fantasy; you have to read these, or at least read The Hobbit. I know they're long and they can be hard to get through, but they are so incredibly worth it! Besides, they're classics.

The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
I could (and have) write an entire post about why I obsess over the Tales of Goldstone Wood. They're beautiful, amazing, and most of all, inspiring like no other books I've read. Though they're fantasy, the Tales remind me of the truth: there's more to life than what we see, and that each person is meant for more than just this world.

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
These books are absolutely mind-blowing. Mystery upon mystery builds up- and the answer to each mystery brings a new plot twist that makes you think "Oh my goodness; did that really just happen?" Even the smallest details can turn out to be incredibly important later on. They are a bit on the dark side, particularly the second and third books, so I'd recommend them for older or more mature readers. 
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
 Sci-fi and fairy tale remakes, when done right, are both pretty awesome on their own. Put them together and it just gets better. The Lunar Chronicles are very exciting, fun to read, and take a really unique twist on stories I love.

Dragons In Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and The Children of the Bard series by Bryan Davis
You cannot read just one of these series. You can't. They just get better as they go on. From the first book to the last, each of these masterfully mixes awesome adventures with powerful faith-building themes. King Arthur legends are woven through the first series, and of course, there's the dragons (who are awesome). As a note, that's my personal collection in the picture, which is why The Seventh Door is an ARC instead of the pretty final version.

The Sky Riders by Christopher Hopper
Christopher Hopper is an amazing author, and this is my favorite of his books. The twists and turns of the plot keep you on the edge of your seat, but don't distract from the deeper themes. I also love the steampunk setting; it really sets this book apart from others I've read. 

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
This book is super fun. It has a nice fairy-tale feel, and I can't help laughing whenever I read it. 
So, have you read everything on my list? What are your must-read books? Please tell me in the comments! 
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. The only one's I have read on the list is The Tales of Goldstone Wood which I agree is a must read series! I would also add Remnants by Lisa T. Bergren!

    1. I haven't read Remnants; I'll have to put it on my TBR list! (Fingers crossed my library has it!) Thanks for stopping by, and for the recommendation!

  2. I haven't read Sky Riders and am waiting on the Lunar Chronicles, but great list!!!

    1. Go read Sky Riders. Seriously. And let me know what you think of the Lunar Chronicles, please! Thanks for commenting!

  3. I am excited because I know (and love) all of these but two, so I'll have to check those out! Thanks for posting!

    1. Which were the two you hadn't read? I'd love to know! And thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. Thank you for this list! As a Christian I really have struggled to find very much GOOD Christian writing - but I know I want to read more of it. Thank you for these ideas, I'd really like to pick some new books up now, lol


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