ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Books & Novels

These are a Few of my Favorite Books

Updated on March 23, 2014

Definitely a passion


Okay so I love to read books and as everyone out there knows, there is not a lot of time that we can devote to reading books. I have compiled the books here that I have read in the last couple years that have been, in my opinion the best. They may not be in the order that I read them and they are not on a list as which one is my favorite of all. However, they are by far the best books I have read in a while. There has been a couple of movies out about a couple of these books and that is fine but if you are old school like me, you know that the book is always better. Happy reading everyone


Lisey's Story

Stephen Kings Best

I have been reading Stephen King since I can remember. I was reading him when he was writing under the name of Richard Bachman and have read everything that he has ever written. I love his style of writing and his sense of humor in the midst of chaos. He is a writer that can scare the pants off you and also make you laugh like no one else. He can at times get a little morbid and weird but that is why I love Stephen King because not only is he one of the most prolific writers but he is also one of the most talented. He watches over the making of all his movies and makes sure that they do not take liberties with them. He is a perfectionist and he remains to be one of my favorite writers.
Now I happen to think that Lisey's Story is by far one of his best books to date. He writes about a women who is a widow and who is coping with her husbands death. When she takes on the job of going through her husband's things to give them away she uncovers more than she gambled on. Not only is she coping with her husband's death but now she has a weird spirit coming after her as well as many secrets about her husband that finally come to light. This book is Stephen King at his very best. A must read.


The Vampire Lestat

by Anne Rice

Okay so I have read all of Anne Rice's books and all her chronicles from the vampire ones to the Mayfield Witches. I know that The Vampire Lestat is one of the books in the Vampire Chronicles but this book stands out and can stand on its own. This book shows Lestat in a whole other world from the time that he was human to the way in which he was turned into a vampire by Marius. It is beautifully written about his life in the country side a couple of centuries back and portrays him as a more human, compassionate, caring individual, far from the Lestat that we read about in Interview with a Vampire. This is my favorite book of the vampire chronicles and you go away with wanting to read more about Lestat the person. Anne Rice is still the best in vampire anthology and she has a way of making vampires kind of likable and even sexy at times. One of my all time favorites Lestat the Vampire stands alone.


A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

This tale takes place in the middle east in the midst of war and turmoil. It is a heart wrenching story about a young girl who is orphaned and is taken to live with relatives. The relatives are not thrilled about this for reasons that I wont disclose as to not spoil anything for anyone but she marries a much older man who has another wife. The whole story basically is about the strong friendship that she builds with this other woman;what they share together and the brutality that they have to endure at the hands of their husband. This story is about hope, love, sacrifice, and friendship, a bond that sometimes is so strong that it will make people stronger and help them endure the harshest of circumstances. This is an extraordinary book that will leave you breathless.

Also by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Khaled is an awesome writer and since he is from the middle east, he has seen first hand the culture and way of the middle eastern people. The Kite Runner is another book about friendship. This time two little boys Azir and Hasan share a friendship and would run kites together which is a competition against other kite runners. One day something unspeakable happens to one of the boys and things are never the same. The boys are split apart and then the story fast forwards to modern day America. Azir is by now a success in America and learns that his friend Hasan needs his help back in Pakistan. He sets out on a dangerous mission to help his best friend out of guilt, honor and love for his friend. This book is shocking at times and interesting to read as far as the middle eastern culture is concerned. This book was made into a movie a while back but I still think the book is by far better than the movie, although the movie was very well made and was well received.

Another King awesome book

I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
~ Anonymous ~

© 2010 ladyjane1


Submit a Comment

  • marwan asmar profile image

    Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

    For me the Kite Runner is definitely a brillient book, so engaginging and so real in its potrayals about a country, that to say the least has been and continues to be castrated for the love of tribalism and Cold War politics that continues to throng its shadows over the place. I would read it again; its much better than the film which spoiled its graphic description.

  • ladyjane1 profile image

    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Docmo thanks for reading and sharing your love of books with us. I agree there is so much to read and so little time. LOL. Cheers and thank you!

  • Docmo profile image

    Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

    I share your enthusiasm for books and devour them voraciously. I am an ardent King fan and have loved Khaled Hosseini's works. There is such incredible variety of authors and books out there, its a pleasure to be a bibliophile. thanks for sharing.

  • ladyjane1 profile image

    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    William thanks for reading and I know exactly what you mean. The computer can eat up the day for sure but I have gotten to where I cannot sleep unless I read a bit first. I finished the biography of Desi Arnaz that he wrote back in the 70's and it was an enjoyable read that I couldn't put it down and therefore have been staying up later than usual. Not good. Maybe I should read something more sedating next time. You will enjoy Khaled very much if you decide to read him. Cheers and happy reading.

  • William F. Torpey profile image

    William F Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    Your enthusiasm for books is contagious, ladyjane1. Obviously, I've been spending too much time on the computer and falling behind on reading books. You've renewed my urge to read more books. Thanks.

  • ladyjane1 profile image

    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    MFB thanks for reading. I have been reading King for years. Hes just genius. Cheers and Happy Easter.

  • MFB III profile image

    MFB III 7 years ago from United States

    Ah, I too love King and have devoured all of his books, and eagerly await each new one. he has the ability to open a raw nerve and then jangle it till you can barely sleep in the wee hours of the night, but what a ride. Great hub, I will have to look into some of theo ther books you mentioned.~~~MFB III

  • ladyjane1 profile image

    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    De Greek you will not be disappointed and a Hosseini book is definitely less than 5600 dollars. LOL Happy Reading.

  • De Greek profile image

    De Greek 7 years ago from UK

    You are definitely not good for my pocket, child. Now I HANE to buy a Hosseini book to see what he is about :-)

  • ladyjane1 profile image

    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    thevoice nice to see you and thanks for your kind comments.

    @MPG Narrative Im glad you like the Splendid Suns book it is quite amazing. The Kite Runner is equally good. Not everyone can appreciate the King, afterall he is a crazy crazy man lol. Cheers.

  • MPG Narratives profile image

    Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    I'm reading A Thousand Splendid Suns now, fantastic book! The Kite Runner will be next, I might have some spare time over the Easter break. Stephen King books I'm not so keen on though. Thanks for sharing your views ladyjane.

  • thevoice profile image

    thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

    terrific reading great hub thanks

  • ladyjane1 profile image

    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    loriamoore thanks for stopping by and checking out my hub its appreciated.

    @coolmon thanks for reading and I think you will enjoy anything on this list.

    @Mystique thanks for visiting I hope you do check em out and let me know what you think. Blessings.

    @ann thanks its always good to see you. Thanks for reading.

    @breafastpop you are welcome, I can't get enough of books either there are just so many books and so little time lol. CCheers.

  • breakfastpop profile image

    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am an avid reader so I appreciate the information.

  • Ann Nonymous profile image

    Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

    Very good selection. You have great taste in literature, ladyjane! Thanks for sharing some of your favorite things!

  • Mystique1957 profile image

    Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

    Well, ladyjane...

    Gonna have to check these ones out to see if I can find them here! Thanks for the advice!

    Warmest regards and infinite blessings,


  • Coolmon2009 profile image

    Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

    I see a couple of books on your list I would like to read; thanks for this article.

  • profile image

    loriamoore 7 years ago

    I always loved Stephen King novels. Now I'm getting to Christian fiction such as The Left Behind Series by LeHaye, et al.