Five Favorite: Books Set in Libraries

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.

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I’m pretty sure that all book lovers have a dream to one-day own ALL. OF. THE. BOOKS. (Whether that dream is practical is beyond the point here.) For me, it was (and is) to simply own a Library – like, a room in my house that JUST holds books on wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves with a nice big window and a huge comfy chair. As such, I get a little flush of happiness when I read books that feature or are set in libraries because, well, you know… books. Here are my five favorite.

Home Libraries

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Public Libraries

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness // The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova // The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Have your own five favorite books set in libraries? Let me know!

Top Ten: Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads.

The beach is very far from my happy place, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good beach read. Here are my top ten!

Engrossing stand-alones: These books are so tasty you can’t help but gobble them up.

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Parts of series: Not only will you be totally into these series starters, but you’ll also have a dedicated second (and third, and fourth…) read in case you can’t stop!

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Be sure to read Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code first!)

As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout by Connie Willis

Five Favorite: Vampire Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Show your fangs, book worms! Halloween is coming and so is the s~p~o~o~k~y literature and downright scary vampire antagonists (and sometimes protagonists). I love a good vampire story; here are my five favorite.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Insatiable Insatiable by Meg Cabot

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

Have your own five favorite vampire novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!