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‘Books We Love’ with Jo





Books We Love is a regular feature here at Book Chick City. It’s where we discuss our favourite books; the books we absolutely adore, would recommend over and over again, and will keep forever on our bookshelves. I hope you enjoy and find some new-to-you authors and books to read. You can view the full schedule HERE

My guest today is Jo – for those of you who read BCC on a regular basis will know that Jo is BCC’s newest reviewer. I love Jo’s reviews and think she’s a great addition to BCC, so I thought it would be great for us to get to know Jo a bit more! For even more info about Jo then just click the ‘About’ button on the navi-bar above! [NOTE: Jo is no longer with BCC]


I haven’t read any on Jo’s list other than Wuthering Heights, which is also one of my favourite books of all time! I have the Georgina Kinkaid series on my shelf so I think I will bump it up my reading list following Jo’s high praise.


So, without further ado, I give you Jo and some of her favourite books…
This is a very small list of some of my most loved books. It’s a bit like Sophie’s Choice (I can be very dramatic at times!) but I decided to share five books with you that will always be with me, until I am old and grey and shouting at kids from my porch in my rocking chair.
The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
It’s very hard to type whilst holding this book grasped lovingly to my chest, but I’ll try. Tanith Lee is one of my favourite authors, and I have read and loved many of her books but this will always remain one of my most treasured possessions.
Jane lives in the sky with her Mother and leads a very controlled, pampered life. She even takes tablets to control her looks, modifying her appearance to what is recommended for her. Jane has a small group of friends chosen by her Mother, who are a very selfish, self-absorbed group of people. Jane is very much stuck in her life, and seems resigned to carry on.
All this changed when Jane meets Silver, a very life like minstrel robot created by Electronic Metals for human companionship. She falls passionately in love with Silver, and he in turn becomes more ‘human’ in loving her. Is this clever programming or is it real?
This is a beautiful, bittersweet tale of a girl finding herself and falling in love. I don’t think I have the words to describe how much in love I am with this book. It’s truly become a part of my life like a strange paper and ink friend.
Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning


I was 19 years old when I first read this, and I noticed a friend was reading it and I do believe I scoffed! Yes, I scoffed and I’m ashamed to admit it. I thought I was far too clever and important to read what I then saw as smutty romances. Oh, how I laugh at my silly, silly 19 year old self – I could shake her! At my friend’s insistence I promised to give it a go and promptly read it in one sitting.
It’s a story of an ancient Highlander, Drustan who is in an enchanted sleep and is woken by Gwen in modern day Scotland and their quest to get him back home. Of course they fall in love and sexy times ensue! It’s romantic, steamy, fun and it started my paranormal romance love, a love that still burns strongly today. I’ll always be grateful to that friend and to Karen Marie Moning for my introduction into the brilliant world of Paranormal Romances.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley


We all know the story of King Arthur and the roles various women played in his life. But never have we heard the story told solely from the women’s point of view.
Marion Zimmer Bradley gives us an epic legend full of love, magic, betrayal, war and death. I’ve read this so many times, and each time I find a new reason to love it. If you are an Arthurian legend nut like I am, this is a must read.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
…my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath – a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff – he’s always, always in my mind – not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself – but, as my own being…

This quote makes my heart skip a beat.
This tale of an obsessive love, so obsessive that there is no reprieve from it, entwined itself into my fourteen year old self. I may not have understood it properly at that age, but the wildness and the savageness of the relationship seemed so…so….overbearingly unbearable but compelling! Cathy and Heathcliff are unlikeable, selfish and sometimes cruel – yet, here we are over 150 years later still reading it and loving it.
Georgina Kinkaid series by Richelle Mead
I know this is cheating slightly, but this series is wonderful it’s hard to choose just one. There is only one book left to be published in this series and I’m looking forward to reading it so much. Georgina, a succubus has fallen in love with a mortal but they can never be together without her sucking out his soul. This series has made me laugh and cry, its heart breaking, bittersweet, frustrating and everything a series should be. I think Richelle Mead is brilliant, I started reading her Vampire Academy series first and really love it (Dimitri!) so I thought this series would be nowhere near as good but this has eclipsed VA for me.

Thanks Jo!


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Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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Jules March 22, 2011 at 8:27 am

I am still relatively new to your blog, but I am having a lot of fun reading it!

I loved this post, at least one of my favourites was mentioned :)

Jules

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Carmen March 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

Gaaargh! I saw the first book on your list and one of the ones from the series of the last books on your list in a charity shop the other week and because I was in a rush I didn't pick them up – wish I had now, wonder if they'll still be there!

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Laura Summers (BCC) March 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Well I too love Wuthering Heights, Kiss the Highlander (sadly read it and the Dark Highlander about 3 times!!), and have read the first few of Georgina Kinkaid's stories (heart wrenching sometimes), but have fallen a little behind with the series – her Dark Swan book are amazing too!
I've never come across The Silver Metal Lover or The Mists of Avalon – but they are going on my wishlist.
Loved this Jo :-)

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Felicia the Geeky Blogger March 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Kiss of the Highlander (that whole series) and The Succubus Series is on my desk at home! I am really looking forward to both of them :)

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Jo (BCC) March 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Hi Jules! Welcome to BCC and I hope to see you around :)

Carmen, oh no! I hope the books are still there! This is my problem when I go to charity shops, I always end up regretting not buying books! :)

Laura, you will LOVE The Mists of Avalon. I can't wait to hear your thoughts in that and The Silver Metal Lover too. Hehe, I love that us BCC girls all love Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre! Oh, I just love the Highlander series, it's one of those that I can read over and over and still smile at the end of every one. Drustan is my favourite and I loved he made an appearance in the Fever series.

Felicia, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on those series, I'm hoping you love them just as much as I do. :)

Thanks for reading, guys :)

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Fiction Vixen March 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

Great picks Jo. I enjoyed the Highlander series and have only the read the first book in the Succubus series but really enjoyed it.

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Sarah March 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

The only book from your list that I've read is Mists of Avalon. I love that book! It is definitely a unique perspective on the usual King Arthur tales.

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