Friday Favorites: Books That Define Me

Well, hey, look at that! It’s Friday again! When the heck did that happen? This week’s top is Favorite Books that Define You. I can’t wait to see other people’s FF posts because I love seeing what books compose people’s souls. So, let’s dive right into the murky darkness of my soul, shall we?


Valiant by Holly Black

This book came to me at a very dark time in my life and it was the one thing that got me through that time. When I needed to escape my house, I would go to the local Barnes and Noble and just read this book over and over. I didn’t have the money at the time to buy books of my own. But after I got out of that situation, I bought my own copy of the book and the other Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black. I love that Holly is having a resurgence with her Folk of Air series, but her earlier series will always hold a special place in my heart.

Every single book by LJ Smith

Y’all, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read and reread all of LJ Smith’s books. From the unfinished Nightworld series to the deeply angsty Vampire Diaries, I have devoured every single world Smith has written and enjoyed every moment of it. I feel like these were my first real paranormal books and that set the tone for my style of reading for many years to come. If you give me a broody vampire, a headstrong female main character, and an overly dramatic evil, I’ll be the first in line to read that book. Old school YA novels do not get the respect they deserve these days and it makes me sad.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

I think I can blame this book on my fascination with food. Another book I used to reread all the time, Fantastic Mr. Fox was probably my favorite book of childhood. It has such a weird, autumn-y vibe that I just love. I’m pretty sure I still have my original copy boxed away somewhere.


Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Look, before you roll your eyes all the way to the back of your head, hear me out. I’m not one who worships the ground that Maas walks on, nor am I one that will think less of you because you like Maas. When it comes to Maas, I feel like there is a tiny little area of middle ground with people who like the books, but also recognize that they aren’t the best written things ever. And that little middle ground is where I stand. But I enjoyed these books SO DAMN MUCH! They’ve made me laugh, cry, yell, and punch things. That’s really want I want out of stories and this series has just stuck with me since I first heard of it many years ago.

Honorable mention books that mean a lot to me, but I don’t have the energy to write little paragraphs about:

  • Mistborn (Era 1 and Era 2) by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  • The Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare
  • The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
  • The Last Vampire series by Christopher Pike
  • Sam the Cat Detective by Linda Stewert
  • The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan

What are some books that define who you are?


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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Books That Define Me

  1. S.E. White

    If you’d had me guess, I never would have put Fantastic Mr Fox on here! It’s sometimes a fun surprise to see what other bookworms loved growing up 🙂

  2. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    Nice!!! I still have to read Holly Black’s books. I’m glad that reading her books were able to get you through that dark time.

    I also heard that there was a point with either The Vampire Diaries or The Secret Circle where the publishers stopped letting her write them, but would use her name to sell those books? I may be wrong though.

  3. dinipandareads

    Loved reading all of your answers! I’m definitely there with you on that middle ground for ToG. It’s not the best written book in the world but it totally transported me and it was totally enjoyable, which is exactly what I look for in a book sometimes! Totally love Name of the Wind and of course the Shades of Magic series! 😊

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