14) For Bastille Day your favorite novel about or set in France
Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels (Angélique: Book 1) by Sergeanne Golon
I have read it when I was in high school. It is a book series up to 13 books in total. It is set in 18th century France. There was a movie version filmed back in the sixties.
As you can see from the pictures the film was quite luscious.
The books were International bestsellers. The topic is coming of age. The main character is best described:
Her tempestuous adventures have taken her from the gutters of Paris to the harems of Africa to the silken prison of a King. She has loved, intrigued, hated and fought her way into the hearts of millions of readers all over the world in this bestselling series of novels
And recently the series got another revamped movie in 2013.
13) Best title for a novel
Shit Happens So Get Over It by Summersdale
Not exactly a novel but I love these editions. They are funny sarcastic and make me smile!
These are some of my favorite quotes from these editions:
“When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum.” — Desmond Tutu
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” — Mark Twain
“I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once” — Jennifer Yane
Other titles include:
Now panic and freak out, Screw calm and get angry, Keep calm and drink up,….
They are not all sarcastic but the best of them are!
12) Novel that best conjured a place for you
The Smoke Thief (The Drakon: book 1) by Shana Abé
This is a truly magical book that won me over with lush descriptions and magical beings. I found the book itself a bit lacking but the story of creatures of extraordinary beauty who live in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills is charming and colorful. I kept seeing hidden little kingdom like form a Disney fairytale come true.
The story is set in kinda Victorian England only there is magic and there are dragons, and romance and adventure!
The book itself is far from PG 13 and second book in the series was much better storywise.
I looked all over to find a picture that can come close to what I imagined and found some quite inspiring ones: