This one was hard for me to come up with 5. At first I couldn’t think of any then after going through some of the books I have read I came up with too many. So somehow I have narrowed it down to 5.
5. The grandmother from Flowers in the Attic
She is a horrible and abusive woman. The pain and suffering she inflicts on the children is nauseating and had me screaming at the book. She may or may not even be the worst of the villains for the children in this book, but that is a spoiler that you would have to read the book to find out about.
4. Charles Chiltington from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series.
This book is very much in the spirit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and with that comes the spoiled child and that is Charles Chiltington. He is there to win and will stop at nothing to claim the prize, he cheats and uses people for his own gain and their demise.
3. The Joker from Batman and DC Comics
I love The Joker in all his incarnations. From the deranged to the comical. He is a mastermind, psychotic and silly. Every writer adds their own take and insight into this madman. He is my favorite of all the Batman villains.
2. Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events
Now I haven’t finished the series, but so far Count Olaf is a fun and predictable villain. I love seeing his new disguise in each book.
1. IOI/The Sixers/Nolan Serpentine from Ready Player One
Evil, just plain evil. An evil corporation with Nolan at the center of their evil deeds. They cheat and use their numbers, power and money to manipulate the game and the world. They brought out a hate in me and I was fuming anytime they showed up.
The recommendations I have come up with are all books where the family is a main focus in the book.
1. VC Andrews
Flowers in the Attic series
My Sweet Audrina
All the books by this author are heavily focus on family dynamics and the evils that the adults inflict on the child or children. I am mostly including the original works by the author and not those by the ghost writer. Trigger warning :Most if not all the books contain abuse and sexual assault
2. Little House on the Prairie series
These books follow the Ingalls family on their ups and downs, and various adventures through pioneering days. A loving and supportive family that sticks together through some of the harshest times.
3. Dark Matter
Family is the main driving force for the main character, Jason Dessen, in this novel. After being kidnapped Jason goes to great lengths to be reunited with his wife and son.
4. Everything I Never Told You
This books gives us the insight into one families past and present after the death of their daughter. I am going to quote part of the Goodreads synopsis because it sums it up wonderfully.
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
This book is all about the said and unsaid in life even to those we love..
I feel like I am not a big re-reader of books. Of recent the books I have re-read have been because it has been so long since I read them (like 20+ years) I want to see if I still enjoy them or I re-read them because I wanted to do further evaluation on the book for my own personal reasons.
Here are some of the current books I have been thinking that I need/want to re-read.
1. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
I originally read this book in high school after finding it on my Drama teachers bookshelf in her classroom. I remember it introducing me to a new culture and making me feel a range of emotions. I want to see if I still enjoy it as much as I did then and also try some of the recipes in the book.
2. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I have read this book numerous times, at various stages of my life and enjoyed it every time. I plan on reading this many more times in the future.
3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This was a book I was originally hesitant to pick up just because I really don’t like this cover. I was so pleasantly surprised by what was inside. I loved all the characters, the satirical story and diversity that the book contained.
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was a really great reading experience. Brought out my love of the 80s in a world that is very possibly our future. I knew immediately after reading this that I would eventually re-read it in the future.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I just recently read this and it was the perfect book for me at the perfect time. I can see myself picking this book up again in the next few months.