My Favorites on the Shelf

(Originally posted: March 3, 2016)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr. Seuss.

I got an email from one of my readers the other day asking me;

“What is your favorite book?”

The truth is I don’t have a favorite book. There are too many for me to choose from. The books I keep on my shelf and kindle cloud are the ones I would reread many times. Some are series. Most of the books in this post have become films. In honor of Dr. Seuss day (and one of the books on this list is written by him) here is a list of my favorites.

BOOK SERIES

House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristen Cast

The series contains twelve novels, four novellas, and two guidebooks. It deals with vampires, but unlike the Twilight Saga saga, the House of Night series mixes Cherokee traditions into it. The vampires are marked by beautiful tattoos and each of the characters has something beautifully unique about them. Personally I loved it for the plot twists in each novel. I am full fan of the nerd herd.

House of Night  by P.C. and Kristen Cast

House of Night by P.C. and Kristen Cast

The Mortal Instruments/ Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments is a six book series and takes place in New York City. You have angels, demons, nephillim, werewolves, vampires, fairies, ghosts, warlocks, and humans. What’s not to love about it? Yes, there are some sappy romance scenes, but most of the story is action. Magnus Bane is my favorite character within the whole series. Cassandra Clare also wrote a prequel to The Mortal Instruments titled The Infernal Devices. It’s based on the ancestors of the characters from The Mortal Instruments. The setting is in London. These books are a trilogy. There is also a spin off book called The Bane Chronicles (based on Magnus) and The Shadowhunters Codex. It’s best to read the first three books of The Mortal Instruments and then read the whole trilogy of The Infernal Devices. I am waiting on the first book to her new series The Dark Artifices, to be released March 2016.

The Mortal Instruments  and  The Infernal Devices  by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Fallen by Thomas Snegoski

There are a lot of biblical references in this series, but it’s a really great read. The protagonist, Aaron, is the redeemer and has to send all the fallen angels back to heaven while protecting the world from evil. I won’t give any more details away. Five books in the whole series. The first two volumes contain two novels in one.

The Fallen  by Thomas Snegoski

The Fallen by Thomas Snegoski

Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This is a spin off to the Dark Hunters series. No, I have not read the Dark Hunters series due to how many books there are already, but I did read through the first two mangas and got all the information I needed about Nick Gautier. Nick goes through a lot fighting supernatural beings while trying to survive high school. His sarcasm is hysterical and all the supporting characters are based on Greek mythology. There are six books in the series so far. The seventh, Invision, will be released in May.

Chronicles of Nick  by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry, Ron, and Hermione embark on dangerous and magical adventures. Love both the movies and the books. All seven are entertaining. I am huge fan of Hogwarts. Got the varsity jacket to prove it. I read these on my Kindle.

Harry Potter  by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

NOVELS

 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

“My name was Salmon, like the fish: first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” That opening line hooked me instantly with this book. It’s not a mystery. Susie tells you who killed her right away. It’s more about how she tries to move on in the afterlife. The book is a very emotional read and full of suspense.

The Lovely Bones  by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A love story about an aspiring veterinarian who finds himself working in a circus after a family tragedy. He befriends an elephant and one of the performers, who happens to be married to the owner of the circus. I love this book for the time lapses between the protagonist, Jacob Jacowski, telling the story of his time with the circus.and his present life It also brings to life the abuse of circus animals.

Water for Elephants  by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

DJ Rising by Love Maia

Being a DJ myself I can relate to this book. I love the music terms used in it and the story line is realistic. Perfect for anyone who is a DJ or a lover of music.

DJ Rising  by Love Maia

DJ Rising by Love Maia

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I am not going to lie, I cried with this book. The story itself is heartbreaking. There is some cancer humor in it. What I love about this story is how the characters cope with their illnesses, especially Hazel. She talks about her cancer as if it were a living person. I got to give John Green credit. It takes a lot for a book to make me shed a few tears.

The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

The only romance novelist I actually enjoy. I have read several of his books and Dear John is my favorite. It’s a military love story in which letters are shared and more obstacles get in the way of the two protagonist, especially after the attacks of 9/11.

Dear John  by Nicholas Sparks

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This one is on my Kindle. What I like about it is the point of view from which the story is told. I won’t give away who it is, but this was a really different read for me. It’s sad, but addictive at the same time. How often do you hear stories about a little girl stealing books during World War II?

The Book Thief  by Mark Zusak

The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz’s novel is also on my kindle. He is a sucio, but I love his writing style. This novel is written from three different point of views; Oscar, his sister Lola, and his mother.  I can related to the language and some themes within the book. I have also read This Is How You Lose Her from Diaz, but Oscar Wao is a lot better.

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao  by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

You can’t trust family. At least not this family. The Other Boleyn Girl is the second book in the Tudors Series. It’s my favorite one. Sisters betraying one another for the love of a King. This novel really takes you back in time and is a great work of historical fiction.

The Other Boleyn Girl  by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

CLASSICS

 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

A classic meant for children, but as an adult I love it. Alice goes through everything in this adventure. My favorite character is the Cheshire Cat.  Anything related to Alice in Wonderland I am a fan of.

Alice in Wonderland  by Lewis Carrol

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ahh Gatsby. Poor man using his money to buy back the woman he has always loved. Of course socialism gets in the way of their happiness, buy hey that is what makes the book so interesting. You can’t go wrong reading this one.

The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

NONFICTION

 Chasing the Sun by Juanes

I have read books written by musicians before, but it is not often one of my favorite musicians writes a book. Juanes goes into his childhood and music career in this one. The photographs are beautiful and he shares very personal experiences. He made me appreciate his music more, gain a better understanding of life on tour, the sacrifices made, and just taking a break to find yourself again when needed.

Chasing the Sun  by Juanes

Chasing the Sun by Juanes

The Scratch DJ Academy Guide

This is the DJing bible. Period. Not only do you get the terms and techniques from some of the best recognized DJs around, but you also get a list of their favorite sets, tracks, and equipment. Their stories are an added bonus. It’s not written in a boring history textbook way.  The book keeps your interest. I knew my history prior to reading the book, but not the locations of where some New York City clubs closed down or the marketing techniques. Definitely recommend it to anyone who is a DJ or loves music.

The Scratch DJ Academy Guide  by Phil White, Luke Crisell, and Rob Principe

The Scratch DJ Academy Guide by Phil White, Luke Crisell, and Rob Principe

To Selena With Love by Chris Perez

Selena’s husband wrote this one (I will forever see Chris as Selena’s husband). He writes beautifully about her. Chris goes into the struggles, sacrifices, and adventures he went through with Selena. The love he still has for her is beyond words. I wish her life had not ended the way it did. I am still a fan of Selena’s music. Always will be.

To Selena With Love  by Chris Perez

To Selena With Love by Chris Perez

The Only Pirate At The Party by Lindsey Stirling

Youtube violinist Lindsey Stirling writes a creative memoir about her childhood and the struggles she had to endure to become the successful musician she is today. She explains about her battle with depression and anorexia as well as giving her fans tips on dancing, being a YouTube hit, and learning to love yourself. It has great humor and sincerity.

The Only Pirate at the Party  by Lindsey Stirling

The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

Reading Anne Frank’s diary brought me to tears. For the two years she was in hiding in the secret annex, she was forced to mature quickly. She saw the world so differently than most girls her age. She is a hero to me. If only Anne and her family were never betrayed to the Gestapo…

Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees

A father tells the story of his daughter, Jessie Joy Rees, who battled two brain tumors for almost two years. Jessie wanted to help other kids feel better throughout their cancer treatments. She created Joy Jars, which are plastic jars full of toys and other goodies. She distributed them to the homes and hospitals of childhood cancer patients. Jessie thought about how to make other kids smile instead of focusing on herself. She is another hero to me. After her death, over 100,000 Joy Jars have been delivered to a child fighting cancer. I used Jessie’s slogan NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) during times of great stress. It’s an emotional and inspiring read.

 The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell and her class

The movie motivated me this buy this book. All the entries are anonymous, but the stories are real. These students went through so much just to finish high school. Some of them thought they wouldn’t even been alive for graduation or would be accepted into a good college. I applaud Erin Gruwell for being an amazing teacher and motivating her students to succeed.

Diary of a Young Girl  by Anne Frank,  Never Ever Give Up  by Erik Rees, and  The Freedom Writer's Diary  by Erin Gruwell and her class.

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees, and The Freedom Writer's Diary by Erin Gruwell and her class.

Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart

As an animal lover, this was the perfect book for me. I learned so much about taking care of our domestic pets, backyard friends, and farm animals. The information is great and includes tips on making their lives better. Each creature she mentions in the book benefits us in some way. The illustrations are phenomenal as well .

Do Unto Animals  by Tracy Stewart

Do Unto Animals by Tracy Stewart

CHILDRENS

 Are You My Mother? by P.D. Estman

Mami would read this to me all the time as a kid. It’s about a little bird trying to find his mother. Anything by the Dr. Seuss company is great for a child.

Are You My Mother?  by P.D. Eastman

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

In The People House by Dr. Suess

Papi read me this one. The reading level is beginners and just show words, but I learned those words. I mostly love this book because my dad would read it to me. He liked it too.

In A People House  by Dr. Suess

In A People House by Dr. Suess

So what are some of your favorite books and why? Let me know. I am open to recommendations.

Photos by: Rosa Elena Burgos and Google Images.

Last Updated: July 23, 2019