It was fairly easy to come up with a list of favorite books from my pre-blogging days. I visualized my childhood bedroom (which I shared with my sister) and the books that never made it out into the many bookcases around our house. The titles that stayed in the bedroom were ones I read over and over and over again. That’s what I do with my favorites – I re-read them to pieces. In the case of my first pick, quite literally. *grin* Don’t worry, I’ve found an identical replacement copy!
Top Ten Favorite Books From My Pre-Blogging Days
1. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter – I've read this one more than twenty times. It’s about a girl growing up in rural Indiana at the turn of the century, and it has exquisite descriptions of the natural world as well as coming of age and an epic romance. Recommended for anyone who liked Louisa May Alcott or L.M. Montgomery.
2. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – Possibly the first ‘serious’ fantasy that I fell into, soul-first. The heroine Harry doesn’t fit in her world, and must make her way among an unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar land. Straight magic.
3. Sabriel by Garth Nix – This book melts my face off. Young heroine must leave exclusive school to travel into death, rebind ancient evil, and out-clever an elemental? Oh yes. Funny, smart and full of nail-biting tension.
4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman has written some rather fabulous things, but this is my favorite. It’s dark and sharp and crazy good.
5. Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare – A book based on a true account of an early colonial settler abducted by Native Americans during wartime and sold in French Quebec. By the author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. For a history-obsessed young reader, this was book crack.
6. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip – A fantasy that stars a young librarian obsessed with languages? Be still my little beating heart. Oh, how I loved the lyrical writing and obsession with language. Still do, in fact.
7. Persuasion by Jane Austen – This was always my favorite Austen book, maybe because Anne has such a rich interior life. Introverts, unite!
8. Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede – Written initially as part of a series of fairy tales for adults, Wrede’s placement of the traditional story in the time and language of Elizabethan England enchanted me.
9. Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey – While it is the third installment in Lackey’s Elemental Masters series, it is by far my favorite. The classic Cinderella tale is reborn during WWI, with aeroplanes, magic and curses.
10. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz – This epic about Rome under Nero’s rule captured my imagination in high school. I loved the high drama, the complex story, the multitude of plots and characters. When I remember this book, I think of how much a reader's tastes can change over time.
If you are a blogger, what were your favorite books in your pre-blogging days? If you don’t blog, what were your favorite books in high school?