Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I decided to focus on my top 3 favorite series right now or else this list would last forever.
3. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
I am really into the Soulwood series by Faith Hunter right now. With the first book, Blood of the Earth, I fell in love with how different it was. It’s slower than my usual reads but no less exciting. Nell straight up fascinates me. She starts out with almost no personality, which makes sense with her circumstances. She grew up in a cult/church that does very bad things to women. She is finally free of that world and is learning to navigate her new life. But Nell has scary abilities. The first time she truly used that ability, it sent shivers down my spine. So simple yet so freaking creepy. Spoiler: I fell for this series when Nell had her forest eat someone:
“Brother Ephriam began to slide away from me, into the ground. The process was slow and purposeful, my mind focused. The life force slid past me, clutching at me as it went, trying to slow its passage, screaming deep into the dark beneath.
The woods shivered, the soil moving in fractions of inches, fast and furious. Drinking the life away. Claiming the soul as its own. Things fell from the branch above, hitting the ground around me, bouncing, breaking, fracturing, and crumbling to powder. Bones. Hair in short strands. Fingernails. Clothes. Boots. Crumbling and shifting into piles and then into the dirt, sucked down. Along with the soul I’d stolen to feed Soulwood. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
2. I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.”
It’s hard to pick one line or scene that made me fall in love with Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, because every other sentence pretty much did the trick. This series is chock full of amazing one liners and witty comebacks. But what made me realize this was my kind fiction was when, in First Grave on the Right, Charley says,
“My fore-parts, as you so ineloquently put it, have names.”
I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.”
After a long pause in which he took the time to blink several times, he asked, “You named your breasts?”
I turned my back to him with a shrug. “I named my ovaries, too, but they don’t get out as much.”
I mean, come on. That’s some funny shit right there. How Darynda thinks up all this is beyond me, but she has my funny bone firm in hand.
1. “Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty”
I swear, I think I fan girl squeed at this part. Most of you know by now that I am OBSESSED with the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. For some, it takes until book 2 or 3 to really get into this series, but for me it had me at “Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty” in Magic Bites, book one. So get this, Kate, my idol in all things, gets attacked by a lion shifter, otherwise known as my boyfriend, aka Beast Lord, aka Curran. Like legit, he was going to kill and eat her. And instead of running away, Kate is just insane enough to smile at this fucking monster of a lion and say, “Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty.” Dead. It kills me every time. Best moment in book history for me.
Do you have any specific moments that made you fall in love with a book/series?