BFF's First Review & My Favorite "Tell Me a Story" Books

Happy Summer Monday, everyone!

First off, stop by Books.Fantasy.Fandom. to check out Ashley's review of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. It kicks off our first official week of posts. I'm so excited for our Q&A with Kate Elliott on Wednesday (one of my fave fantasy authors), and our reactions to the Sherlock Special trailer for Friday Fandom.

'Tell Me A Story' Books

You know those books that draw you in and wrap you gently in their story as it unfolds like you were listening wide-eyed around a campfire or on a cozy winter night on Grandpa's knee? I call these "Tell Me a Story" books and, boy, do I love them! They make us feel like kids again, surrounded by the wonder of adventure and danger, honor and friendship.

The kind that have perfected narrative distance to achieve an almost-omniscient tale that feels like someone's speaking it right to us. Whose opening lines whisk us away and make us lean forward, elbows on knees, thinking, "Oh, this is going to be good!"

To round out the summer reading season, I wanted to a share a few of my favorites with you. They hail from many different genres, so hopefully there's a fit for all!

  • The Deed of Paksenarrion, Elizabeth Moon - Epic Fantasy
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle - MG/YA Fantasy
  • The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens - MG Fantasy
  • The Far Pavilions, M.M. Kaye - Historical Fiction
  • Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen - Nonfiction, Memoir

And, if you're still looking for a good read. Check out my review of Karina Sumner-Smith's RADIANT at Fantasy Faction.

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