A Few of My Favorites…

Since I’m having My Favorite Things event I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorites with you.  All of these have been read in the past and the reviews are just mostly brief statements I made after reading it.  I’ll include descriptions.
One of my favorite things to read about is time travel to historical times.  So it’s like a historical fiction fantasy.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Doomsday BookDoomsday Book by Connie Willis


For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received. But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin — barely of age herself — finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history’s darkest hours. Five years in the writing by one of science fiction’s most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

My Thoughts:
AMAZING!  This is one story that sticks with you.  You dream about it, you think about it all day and you can’t read another book until you get it out of your head.  If you like time travel and history about mid evil times and the plague, then read this!  It is one that really touches your soul and affects you as you think of all those poor people who went through such horrible deaths and just a horrible time in general.  Some people call it depressing, I call it touching the soul.

Household GodsHousehold Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove

Nicole Gunther-Perrin is a modern young professional, proud of her legal skills but weary of the daily grind, of childcare, and of sexist coworkers and her deadbeat ex-husband. Then after one exceptionally awful day, she awakens to find herself in a different life, that of a widowed tavernkeeper on the Roman frontier around A.D. 170. Delighted at first, she quickly begins to realize that her new world is as complicated as her old one. Violence, dirt, adn pain are everywhere; slavery is commonplace, gladiators kill for sport, and drunkenness is taken for granted. Yet, somehow, people manage to face life everyday with humor and goodwill. No quitter, Nicole manages to adapt, despite endless worry about the fate of her children “back” in the twentieth century. Then plague sweeps through Carnuntum, followed by brutal war. Amidst pain and loss on a level she had never imagined, Nicole must find reserved of the sort of strength she had never known.

My Thoughts: 
This was an excellent book.  However the main character can at times be a bit annoying.  The second half of the book is much better then the first.  I found that her total lack of common sense of history was a little strange and at times she knew things that the average person would not know.  But I still say that this is definetly a very good book.  I like the fact that she goes into another womans body who already lives in that time, it adds a twist.  And the times of the Roman Empire sound very interesting.  
My thoughts today: This is a book that really stuck with me.  Although that doesn’t sound like a rave review it wasn’t what sticks with you in the long run.  The history and the hardships faced are what sticks with you and I look forward to rereading this one many times in the future.  

KindredKindred by Octavia Butler

The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana”s life will end, long before it has even begun. 

My Thoughts Today:  I didn’t do a review on this one unfortunately.  But it’s one I’ve already reread several times.  It’s such a compelling story and the history is amazing and horrific.  It details black slavery and describes some horrid events, but you can’t help but love Dana as she is pulled back through time to save Rufus time and time again.  You see the story from a modern black womans perspective so the way the slaves were treated seemed all the more horrific.  

OutlanderOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another… In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts: This book is one of my all time favorites, if not my favorite.  It is a very long book, but I read it in a weekend as I couldn’t put it down!  I recommend this book to everyone I know who enjoys reading.  I think everyone needs to read this series.
My Thoughts Today: This is a very well known and well loved series.  Must I really say more?  

Well, that’s all the time travel books on my favorites list.  Stay tuned for more favorites!
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  1. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites. I started reading Outlander about a year ago but had to return it to the library before I’d finished it. I will have to check it out again & start from the beginning. I’ve heard that that entire series is incredible. :)

  2. Great post! You know I share your Outlander(Jamie)love :) I need to get caught up on the series. I never finished A Breath of Snow And Ashes but how can you read those books and maintain a blog lol. I have Doomsday and kindred on my WL. I’ll add the other one too!

  3. Oooh, yes, Outlander is such an amazing book! It’s so breathtakingly good, I remember I read it in like a day. I couldn’t put it down! 😀

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