Happy Thursday13.   Today I'm sharing thirteen books from my Goodreads Bookshelf.  I also have a shelf going at Shelfari. They both have good features so until I decide which I like best I'm keeping them both-- feel free to look me up!

***SPOILER ALERT***  There may be spoilers here

1. The Stand by Stephen King
First read it in 1980 when I was thirteen. This was my first experience with a post-apocalyptic society.  The very idea of it scared the pants off me. I've read it several times since and even read the re-released uncut edition.  I still like this book a lot. I didn't even mind the TV miniseries, mostly because I love Gary Sinise.  Though I could have done without Molly Ringwald, or at least without the stupid contacts they made her wear.

2. Lightning by Dean Koontz
This was not the first Dean Koontz book I read, but it is the one I liked the most.  I enjoyed the 'guardian angel/time travel' concept and even enjoyed the single mom/tough kid combo. I didn't realize that it would be a continuing theme among many of his books. I've picked up many of his books only to put them down again for that reason.

3. Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold by Terry Brooks
I love that a guy bought an entire magical kingdom from a catalog. LOL

4. On a Pale Horse By Piers Anthony
A friend recommended this book to me. A non- sci-fi/fantasy reading friend. I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy.  I love the idea of  "Death" as a job. My first experience with it was the movie "Death Takes a Holiday" which I saw with my dad late one night when I was a kid. I remember that even the flies weren't dying. lol.  But I digress! I enjoyed this one enough to read all the Incarnation books.

5. Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
My first ever pure science fiction read. It so impacted me that I still recommend it to everyone. One of the coolest stories ever. This one will never get old.

6. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
One of the few young adult fiction books that actually surprised me. It's utterly sad what Hollywood did to it. They ruined the surprise, which was really the best bit of the book.

7. The Sum of All Men (Runelords #1) by David Farland
I like the idea that people can give endowments of strength, stamina, etc and others can take them. The characters are interesting though their stories are over much too quickly due to the nature of the plot.

8. The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson.
This book was given to me by a friend and was the first book I read where the character crosses from one world to another. I did find Terisa's "I don't exist if I can't see myself in a mirror" a bit of a stretch and slightly annoying, but overall I enjoyed the book enough to keep it on my permanent shelf.

9. Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
This particular one includes all three of the Assassin books and all three of the Tawny Man books. Robin Hobb has the most amazing character development I've ever read.  Whenever I open any of these books, I feel as if I'm greeting old friends.

10. The Shining by Stephen King
Yea, another SK book, and not the one people who know me probably expected.  I bought this book for 25cents at a library sale in 1979. It was my first ever book purchase.  It launched my love of reading in a way that nothing I read as a young reader ever did. That being said I went through a Stephen King phase of reading which ran hot and heavy until I read Gerald's Game. Since that book I've been choosy about which of his books I read. I think the last one I actually did enjoy was Rose Madder. I tried reading The Dome and sent it back to the library after 3 pages.

11. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This book I read at the suggestion of my FIL. Boy did I struggle to read this book. One part of me felt obligated because he suggested it. Another part of me felt obligated because it was a classic I hadn't read.  The remaining bits of me saw it through to the bitter end. I don't believe any other book has ever taken me as long to read. 

12. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I read this book and cried for hours on end afterward.  Freaking tragic.

13. The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
Ireland! I love reading stories that take place in Ireland. I don't want to read true stories mind you. I want Ireland to remain a magical far off land of green and goodness.  I enjoy most of what Maeve Binchy writes, though I don't care for the short story compilations.  Of all the ones I have read, I think this one is my favorite.

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  1. Stephen King *squee* Love his stuff.
    Why choose a shelf? I have 3 (Librarything, Shelfari and Goodreads). LOL! I can't decided which I liked better either, they all have good features. Stop by and visit. TT Happy TT.

  2. Ooh, we have similar tastes in books. I'm going to have to find myself a copy of Magic Kingdom for Sale, sounds great!

  3. I read the original Nightfall in the magazine when it was first published. For years I subscribed to both analog and Isaac Asimov's Magazine.

  4. I've read most these books! I really want to read more Dean Koontz books though. Maybe I should start with your suggestion!

  5. What a great collection of books! Thanks for sharing your list here.

  6. I have shelves on both Goodreads and Shelfari, as well. While Shelfari is nicer looking, I'm much more active on Goodreads.

  7. I like your choices in books. Lightning is one of my all time favorite books by Dean Koontz.

  8. Interesting book choices! I have read a few, but not all, by any means. But your list is definitely inspiring!

  9. I've read most of these. The Stand is probably my favorite book of all time.

    Good list.

  10. Wow, I've never heard of Shelfari or Goodreads - I'll check those out!

    You've got a good list here and a few of them I haven't read yet. Speaking of Piers Anthony - have you tried the Adept series, yet?


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