I’ve Been Awarded The Booker Award By S.M. Boyce

I was recently nominated for The Booker Award by the super awesome S.M. Boyce.  Read the post that I was nominated on, from her blog.

“The premise here is pretty simple. This is an award for literary and book-centered blogs.” – Boyce

My mission is to:

  • List my top five all time books.
  • Add the award icon to my blog
  • Nominate 5 bloggers for this award and force them to make a post (maybe not force).

I’ve never been good at picking my favorite anything, let alone books. But I have it some thought and I found five that are very high on my list, if not ON top of the non-existent favorites list.

*Note in no particular order

1) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is one of the books I read back in high school that stuck with me enough to read again later on. I used to read a lot of Hemingway’s book (most of his published works). This one stands out a bit more than others because it’s a memoir. I got a glimpse of his life and envied certain aspects. As a young impressionable high schooler, at the time, I wanted a life like what’s found in the book. I still have that younger part of me that wishes I could go to Paris and write all day (there’s much more to the book than that though).

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

2) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

I first came upon this one from the movie by the same name. After falling in love with it, I needed to buy the book. After reading about McCandless’s journey I’ve also fallen in love with the book. I envy what McCandless did by going away from societal norms and living off only the bare essentials.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. (read more on Good Reads)

3) Riders on the Storm by John Densmore

This autobiographical account of the Doors drummer, John Densmore, and his life with Jim Morrison was my first dive into anything to do with The Doors. From there I started listening to the music and love it now. But what’s better is that the book itself turned me on to reading more musician’s autobiographies. It’d great to see the first-hand accounts of the musicians themselves. Much better to read (in my opinion) than biographies, even about the same people.

Here is the book that Rolling Stone called “the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors’ brief but brilliant life as a group”.

4) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

My top five all-time book list HAS to include a book full of top five lists. It has to. It might be my favorite novel ever (sorry everyone else). The story is great, the writing is genius, and I’m not ashamed to say I LOVE the movie based off the book. Never have I been able to say that a movie is almost word for word what the book is (this has nothing to do with the book love I guess). Just read it, especially if you’re already a Hornby fan. I love the guy’s writing.

It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby’s narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way—on vinyl—and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music. (read more on Good Reads)

5) The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

*I didn’t choose this book because the author nominated me. I chose it because of the reasons I stated above 😀 It’s just that good

This is one of the first Indie published books that got me on the reading path I’ve been on for most of the year. In a way, you can say that without this book (and a few other great books I’ve reviewed many months ago) this blog might be MUCH different or not exist at all. Reading Lichgates was a jumping-off point for my dive into the “Indie Revolution.” I didn’t look back. It’s such a well written book. It touches just enough into the high fantasy genre, the New Adult AND Young Adult age levels, and poetic journeys to make it accessible to many readers, even though who might not think they are into some of those aspects. I know I wasn’t much of a reader of this type of fantasy. Now I want to continue in the genre. I also want to continue my journey through Ourea alongside Kara, the Vagabond. I can’t wait until (around) my birthday when book book, Treason, is released. That’ll be a happy day for the book world.

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it…and Kara Magari is its next target. 

Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking along a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying beings that all want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most of them want to control the new-found power the Grimoire bestows upon her.  (read more on Good Reads)

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To finish this post off, I’d like to nominate 5 other bloggers, and fellow book-lovers. The nominees are:

C.J. Listro

Jess Fortunato

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Miranda Stork

Amber Jerome-Norrgard