This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.
Living in a home that contains more than 200 feet of bookshelves, Jeremy and Justin had no choice but to fall in love with books. For their second birthday, they received library cards and bags with the library logo on them. It was not uncommon for them to leave the library lugging two or three bulging canvas bags containing 50 or more picture books. Their mother has read to them until her voice was hoarse on more than one occasion and still hears the request for “one more chapter, please.” When they began school, their parents chose to homeschool them and chose a literature-rich curriculum. The piles of picture books slowly changed to stacks of chapter books, supplemented by audio books. While both boys love fantasy, they also wander out of the fiction sections to pursue books about the interest of the day, week, month or year.
I love reading. Always have. If I’m not looking for a new world to explore, a galaxy to discover or a mystery to be solved, I’m finding books on law, photography, art, history or almost any subject that might interest me. If you can’t find me working on schoolwork or hanging out with my friends, you’ll most likely find me with a book in my hands. A week without going to the library is often a sad one for me. The library has really helped when it comes to researching things, and a goal of mine is to finally stump a librarian. I also have to blame the library for my undying wish to write a book, so thanks for that, I guess. My favorite author has to be C.S. Lewis; I fell in love with Narnia and fantasy after reading his books.
When they told me that I could only choose ten books, my first thought was how am I supposed to do that? I immediately shut down for a few seconds, but, after some careful consideration, this is the list I came up with. Sorry to all the great authors I missed. I could only choose ten.
Justin agreed with Jeremy’s list and had some additions of his own:
"The series that made me fall in love with fantasy" - Jeremy (Also available on audio CD)
Along with The Lord of the Rings, "my favorite fantasy books ever" - Jeremy (Also available on eBook and on audio CD)
"Very readable translation and one of my favorites" - Jeremy
"Thrilling space adventure; can’t wait to see how it ends" - Jeremy (First of the Jupiter Pirates series)
"Rough and rugged island survival story" - Justin (Also available on audio and as an eBook)
"A great look at the life of a defense lawyer" - Jeremy
"This series got me interested in cooking; also it’s one of the reasons I love animals so much." - Jeremy (Also available on audio)
"The best book by C.S. Lewis" - Jeremy (Also available on audio and as an eBook)
"Love this series; one of the first mysteries I read" - Jeremy (Also available as an eBook and on audio)
"One of the better fantasies I’ve read" - Jeremy (First of the Beyonders series. Also available on audio CD)