Hi friends! It’s been quite a while since I did one of these but I want to get back into it so, without further ado, it’s time for the fourth instalment of my blog series ‘Alex’s Alphabeticals’! Before I get started, I want to thank everyone who has shown so much interest in this series – I’ve had a few people asking if they can make their own posts and that’s amazing! Of course you may! I’d love to see them. All I ask is that you credit me for the idea/link back to me in the same way you would with a Top Ten Tuesday/Waiting on Wednesday post. Post at your own pace, do as many or as few letters as you want; the idea is just to post your favourite authors, books and characters (ABCs) for a particular letter of the alphabet. We’ll call it the ‘Alphabetical’ tag. One lovely blogger who already got on board is Rita – you can check out her ‘A’ post here. Any other questions, drop me a comment at the end of this post!
And now, onto my ‘D’ favourites!
Authors beginning with ‘D’
I don’t know if I can call Dickens a favourite when I’ve only read 2 of his books… but I really enjoyed Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol and I’d like to read more from him in the future. It’s not just the books he wrote himself either; I find him a fascinating subject to read about and always enjoy picking up works inspired by his life or reimaginings of his stories.
No-one can deny the everlasting appeal of Dahl’s children’s stories. My favourites were always George’s Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and, of course, Matilda. I haven’t read a great deal of his books for adults but they’re on my list!
Books beginning with ‘D’
I read this book with my book club in 2017 and I was really pleasantly surprised by it! I tend to be a little intimidated by sci-fi books but the premise of this one was interesting enough to catch my attention, and I thought it would be easier to handle as it was YA. I ended up really liking it; it was a twisty story with a badass protagonist and I’d definitely recommend it to others who, like me, are a bit scared of sci-fi. Just treat it as a standalone though; the sequel kind of ruined things for me!
The Dress Shop of Dreams
Another read from last year, this was an adorable little book that was so much more than I thought it would be. At a time when I was feeling burnt out by heavier reads, I was admittedly looking for a ‘bit of fluff’ – but what I got was a meaningful story filled with great characters and sprinklings of magical realism (my favourite). This book came into my life at the perfect time and I now definitely want to read more from the author!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy
My introduction to the goddess that is Laini Taylor! I love the stunning setting of Prague and the fantastic characters. This series is even more special to me because I actually went to a signing event where I got to meet Laini as well as one of my favourite people from the bookstagram community, @ab_reads! Special memories.
Daughter of the Burning City
I loved the rich and complex world-building in this story and could totally see it being made into a Tim Burton movie! Dark and atmospheric, this wasn’t a straightforward fantasy novel but a murder mystery too. And you guys know how much I love a circus!
The Dollmaker of Krakow
I read this in January this year and absolutely adored it! I already know it will be on my favourites list for 2018. This is a completely magical read and, in case you missed it, you can read my full spoiler-free review here.
Characters beginning with ‘D’
Many authors have provided their own take on a personification of Death. There are two in particular that I love. The first is Markus Zusak’s incarnation in The Book Thief; having a book narrated from the perspective of Death is such a unique concept and made for such a compelling and beautiful read. And the other representation I love is from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Pratchett’s version of Death is more satirical and definitely gives me a giggle!
Dany is one of my favourite characters in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Her character development is superb and she is a truly FIERCE queen. I’m not holding my breath waiting for The Winds of Winter but I’m definitely curious to see where Dany’s story goes.
Diana (Wonder Woman)
So I still haven’t seen the DC movie but I really enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s take on this character! Like Daenerys, Diana is a badass woman who fights for what she believes in, and is definitely the kind of role model we need more of in YA literature.
And finally, a special mention for the absolute hero that is Dobby the house elf. He is brave and selfless, and I’ll never be over it.
I forgot how fun these posts are to write! I seem to love a lots of books beginning with ‘D’ but not many authors!
Who are some of your favourite authors/books/characters beginning with ‘D’? Let me know in the comments or feel free to make your own post and link me to it so I can read it! 🙂