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  • Writer's pictureA. A. Vora

My favorite things ♡

Updated: May 8

This post is nothing more than a dump of my favorite titles, series that have inspired me and / or given me so much joy (and occasional heartbreak) over the years.


English books/shows/movies:

  • THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, UNFINISHED TALES – J. R. R. Tolkien

  • HIS DARK MATERIALS – Philip Pullman

  • THE WHEEL OF TIME – Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

  • THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – C. S. Lewis

  • INHERITANCE CYCLE – Christopher Paolini

  • BROKEN EARTH TRILOGY – N. K. Jemisin

  • ELANTRIS, MISTBORN, YUMI AND THE NIGHTMARE PAINTER – Brandon Sanderson

  • THE EARTHSEA CYCLE – Ursula K. Le Guin

…and of course George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the completion of which, I, like many others, have been eagerly awaiting.

More recently, I’ve also fallen in love with Fonda Lee's GREEN BONE SAGA, R. F. Kuang’s BABEL, Pierce Brown's RED RISING SAGA, M. L. Wang's SWORD OF KAIGEN, Christopher Ruocchio's SUN EATER series, Patrick Rothfuss's THE NAME OF THE WIND, and James Islington's THE WILL OF THE MANY.


Indian epics:

  • THE MAHABHARATA (including, of course, THE BHAGAVAD GITA)

  • THE RAMAYANA

  • SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

…and various other Indian mythologies and folktales for which I don’t have specific titles (I read a lot of them as AMAR CHITRA KATHA graphic novels growing up).


Japanese manga/anime/animated films:

  • NARUTO – Masashi Kishimoto

  • SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN – Hajime Isayama

  • CODE GEASS – Ichiro Okuchi

  • HAGANE NO RENKINJUTSUSHI – Hiromu Arakawa

  • DEATH NOTE – Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

  • POKEMON SPECIAL – Satoshi Tajiri

…as well as plenty of other anime and animated films, including PSYCHO PASS, MONONOKE-HIME, SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI, SHINSEKAI YORI, FREE!, KUROKO NO BASUKE, YURI!!! ON ICE, LOVE LIVE!, K-ON!, HAIKYUU!!, BLUE LOCK and OSHI NO KO.


I also recently watched a Chinese donghua called MO DAO ZU SHI which I absolutely adored; it made me feel things I hadn’t felt since I first discovered Naruto back in middle school.

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