Book Recommendation

Hello Fiction Lovers!

This weekend I was organizing all the books I bought over the years–which made me realize all the books I still want to get in print–and came across some my old favorites. Now I’m planning on revisiting all of the interesting characters and stories they contain over the next few months. I thought I’d share what they are with you as well in case you were looking for something good to read.

The first recommendation is Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series that gives the foundation for many of her other books. It’s about a girl, Alanna, who wants to be knight and has to pretend to be a boy to achieve that goal. I liked watching her grow up as well as the magic and battles that take place throughout the series. Pierce is very good at writing heroines and I would also recommend the other series she’s written.

The next recommendation goes to Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold. It’s the first in a lovely quartet composed of romance, danger, unique magic and monsters, and realistic characters. I believe it’s one of the more distinctive fantasy series I’ve read, in that it did have it’s own distinctive monsters and magic that tied in well together and made sense for the world. It doesn’t rely on preconceived expectations but draws the reader in under it’s own power. It is also one of the best fantasy romances I’ve read to date.

The third recommendation is Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. He also creates a unique world where heroes are reborn as gods and magic is governed by color and Breath. The story involves a reluctant marriage, fear of war, living gods, and a sentient blade. Truth be told, the cover was the thing that first drew me to the book and what really made me want to read it. The cover’s simple but beautiful, and depicts the reluctant bride (so if you’re like me, you can picture her as more than a vague impression hair, hands, and body outline).

Those are the main books I really want to re-read now and I hope you’ll enjoy them as well. Feel free to post in the comments books you would like to re-read and let me know if you have any questions! I hope you have a good week!

Music Recommendation

Hello Fiction Lovers!

Today I thought I’d recommend my favorite band that I listen to while writing. The band is called Two Steps From Hell (sometimes the songs are also under Thomas Bergersen–he composes a lot of the songs) and I’ve listened to some of the songs so much that I’ll recognize them when they are played in a movie trailer. I like listening to TSFH’s songs because there always seems to be multiple songs that fit the tone of the scene I’m trying to write and the instrumentals/choir are always beautiful. You can find the songs on YouTube and iTunes.

Below I’ll list different types of scenes and the songs I like to listen to when I’m writing them. Please keep in mind though that this is just a very narrow example of what TSFH has to offer and I encourage you to go listen to their other songs as well because, chances are, you’ll find one you like just as much as I like these.

Battle Scenes: Sons of War, Moving Mountains, Strength of a Thousand Men, Black Blade

Emotional Scenes: Promise, The Ancients, My Freedom, Homecoming

Romantic Scenes: Starfall, Meant to Be, Remember Me, Undying Love

Scenes with building tension: Magnan Imus, Earth Rising, Starvation, False King

Songs by TSFH are also good at making anything you do seem epic so if you need an extra boost to do housework/homework, or want to make a board game extra dramatic I would also recommend their songs for that.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there are other things you would like me to post about (relating to fiction and writing). If you have any music recommendations feel free to post them in the comments. I hope you all have a good week!