Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! :) To celebrate, I'm sharing a list of some of my favorite books that have green covers. You need to read all of them ASAP. Seriously.

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

You are basically guaranteed that at least one Harry Potter book will appear on any book meme I fill out. I don't know what you've been reading all these years if you haven't read Harry Potter yet. And if you haven't picked up the books yet, close this tab, walk away, and go read it. Immediately.

2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I blame Rick Riordan for my interest in Greek mythology. I love this series! I devoured each book in just a night or two. It's been a couple years since I've read it, but they deserve a reread soon. For those of you who watched the movies but didn't read the books, read the books. The movies didn't do them nearly enough justice.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

(I freaking love this cover!) I have whole new appreciations for this book after discovering some of the better fan-fiction on the internet (SuperWhoLock!) and I've even written some of my own. It's a great warm-up before diving in to your WIP.

But back to Fangirl. It's a great novel with fantastic characters and dialogue, like every Rainbow Rowell book I've ever read. It's perfect for writers, introverts, fans of Harry Potter, and anyone who likes a good contemporary romance story.

4. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

This fantasy series only gets better as it goes on! Fablehaven does have a lot of set-up, but towards the end of the book, it's almost impossible to put down. It's definitely one of my favorite series. If you like magical creatures, fantasy, and adventure, pick this one up.

5. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

This book is just plain fun. It's a good middle-grade book targeted for readers that are about 10-12, but I really enjoyed it, too. It's full of riddles and mystery and games that make you just involved in the story as the main characters. It's a nice, quick read.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I love this series. It's a shame that nothing ever came of the second movie, because I really liked the first one. Hopefully they do come out with the TV show. The family dynamics in this, as well as the urban fantasy setting and the great side characters, are what makes it amazing. I absolutely adore Isabelle and Simon, and even the villains because they're so complicated. Plus, the plot twists! Cassandra Clare loves to mess with your head. Don't say I didn't warn you.

7. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Though Glory O'Brien's History of the Future is my favorite book by her, pretty much anything you read by A.S. King is guaranteed to be good. There hasn't been a single one I didn't like. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is hard to put down, because you spend the whole book going, "What is happening here?" The feel of the book reminds me of stories like The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp and Paper Towns by John Green. I also love that we got to hear parts of the story from different perspectives, including inanimate objects. So creative.

8. A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

There's a dog on the cover, so you know what that means: You're going to cry. And you will. Lots of times. It's a sweet story about different incarnations of the same dog finding his owner in each of his lives as she grows up. It's a super sweet story that won't take you long at all to read.

What are your favorite green books? Leave a comment!


Lydia said...

Ooh, this is a creative post. Book covers are the best.

Boquinha said...

Awesome. But no "Perks of Being a Wallflower?" ;)

Unknown said...

Two Harry Potter books? I am so sirprised. ��

Unknown said...

Vavó is unknown.

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Vavó is unknown.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Lydia Thanks! :) They really are, right? I know you're not supposed to judge books based on their covers, but really pretty covers just grab me all the time.

@Boquinha I would've, but the actual cover is yellow! :( I love the movie cover so much more, but I didn't think it'd count.

@Vavó He he, shocker, I know. ;)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the PJO/HOO Series, which I believe you know already, like you know how Fangirl is my favorite Rowell book. I've come across Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library before and it does sound pure fun.

On my list are, besides those I mentioned, Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

And one last thing. I haven't read the HP books and I find that massively problematic, not because it's a huge cultural phenomenon and I feel like I'm missing out but because I'm obsessed with the films. Will remedy this this year.

Dr. Mark said...

Great list. Can't say that I'm surprised by many. I'll add the mass market paperback version of The Fellowship of the Ring that I first read as well as Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! There are a bunch of covers for both of those, but the covers of my copies are definitely green.

The Magic Violinist said...

@bookishandawesome Wait, you're a PJO fan? ;) I had no idea. (And by that I mean there was no doubt you liked it.)

Ooh, The Secret Garden is a good one! I haven't read that book in forever, but I did like it when I was little.

Um, wait what?! You haven't read the HP books yet? :O *gasp of horror* You're right, that is massively problematic. The movies are fantastic, but multiply that by about a zillion and that's how good the books are. I highly recommend the audio books by Jim Dale. Even if you know the whole story already, it's like discovering it for the first time!

@Dr. Mark Those are good ones! :) I need to pick up LoTR again. I haven't actually read the complete stories.

Lara Liz said...

Fangirl - yes. Basically anything by Rainbow Rowell - yes. And I hated the film of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I mean, I'm sure it's an okay movie by itself, but it DOES NOT work for book fans.

Is Fablehaven worth trying? I have a vague memory of struggling through the first chapter, but then I'm not that into high fantasy, so...

The Magic Violinist said...

@Lara Liz Right?! Rainbow Rowell is freaking amazing. I'd buy pretty much any book her name was on.

Oh gosh, that movie was terrible. :P Even Rick Riordan admits it. Worst book adaptation ever.

I think so! :) The first book is a little slow for a while, but that's mostly because there's a lot of set up. The sequels are sooooo good. It's a fantastic MG fantasy series.