Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another ABC Book Challenge post. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!
Here’s the challenge: Every week, I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)
This week is the letter D!
Favorite Titles That Start with “D”
Dark Disciple by Christie Golden is an absolute whirlwind of a book. It follows Ventress, one of my favorite dark siders introduced in The Clone Wars, and I love the journey she goes on in this book, shakey romance aside. Even if I still do want to rip out the last few chapters of the book and replace them with my own, I still look at Dark Disciple incredibly fondly. There’s a lot of Star Wars lore here to love, not to mention the solid cast of characters. Plus, Ventress!!! [Review]
DC Comics Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and a host of amazing illustrators is one of my most favorite things to come out of comics ever. The pin-up style combined with the nearly all-female cast set during World War II, like am I being courted right now? This run has been absolutely fantastic, and the merchandizing! I admit, I’m a slave to it. Besides, who doesn’t want to watch Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Supergirl, Vixen, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman taking no shit from racists and killing a bunch of Nazis? #Goals
Darth Plagueis by James Luceno just about ruined me for other Sith-centric books. Luceno has a way with weaving complex character motivations, fascinating politics, and Star Wars lore that makes his books feel so dense and rich. Plus, this book made me aware of Darth Plagueis, who is absolutely one of my favorite Sith characters ever now, and showed me a wild, young Sheev Palpatine, and who knew that was a thing? Above all, Luceno is such a dark sider. You can tell he loves exploring that part of the universe and the mindset behind it, which is why I jive with his books so well.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was the book that opened my eyes to how much potential and complexity YA novels could have, especially on a fantasy level. It’s been so many years since I’ve read this book, but I still remember the most interesting details from it. Prague, Karou’s nude art class, horns, a blackened handprint. The thing that impressed me the most about it, however, was Taylor’s prose. Something about it was so fantastical and otherworldly to me, and it fit the story so remarkably well. Gosh, now I really want to go back and reread.
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray is one of my all-time favorites. I would go to the ends of the earth for this book because it has everything. Enemies-to-friends-to-lovers in the form of a human girl and a robot boy. Bodyguard trope. Robot learning human emotions trope. Witty dialogue, moving descriptions, and two fully-realized main characters whose individual journeys are just as important, if not more so, than the romance between them. But the romance is hella good, too, just sayin’. [Review]
Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn is, I think I’m realizing, my favorite of the Thrawn trilogy. Thrawn is just so good in this, at the top of his game, and that ending, god, I was so satisfied. Luke, Han, Leia, Lando, and Chewie are fantastic here, too, as always, but there’s just no holding a candle to Thrawn for me. That and Zahn’s other original characters: Mara Jade, Gilad Pellaeon, Talon Karrde, and Rukh. They’re all so well-written, I wish they all would be made canon again. Except for you, Joruus C’baoth. Go jettison yourself into space.
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen irrevocably changed my entire life and worldview in 8th grade. It was the first Holocaust fiction novel (and really Holocaust-centric anything) I’d read in depth before. When Hannah struggles to understand her family’s Jewish history and what those tattoos on their arms really mean, she’s transported to the past to experience what happened to one of her family members in a concentration camp. This book was eye-opening to me as a young reader, and while it’ll definitely make you cry, I think the fact that it’s specifically geared towards young readers is the most important aspect about it. Despite some of the historical inaccuracies it contains, the lessons it teaches you are stronger; this book is the reason why I decided to study the Holocaust more extensively in college, when my mind was ready to take on the full brunt of that knowledge. I couldn’t recommend it more.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is the right blend of modern and fantasy that I didn’t realize was possible to do. Having Hazel as the “knight character” and her brother Ben as the “damsel character” was a brilliant twist on the trope, and I am in love with Severin. Finally, a bisexual fey. That’s supposed to just be how they are, but many writers just want to do the hetero thing. Not Holly Black. Hers is the gift that keeps on giving. This book is also great for a Halloween read, given the creepy nature of the fey woods and the mystery within its pages. [Review]
Books on My TBR List That Start with “D”
Not Pictured: Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss (Pat…pls……..)
Which of my favorites have you read that you loved? Are there any on my TBR list you’d recommend become a priority for me, stat? Let me know!
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