I know I didn’t put up a funny Saturday this week, but that’s because my oldest came here from Ontario and arrived in the wee hours so we all slept in until noon and then spent the whole day reuniting.
That being said, my friend Glen tagged me in a post on facebook about ten books that are important/influential in an individual’s life and, after thinking about it, I decided to answer with a blog post so I can really get into it.
What do you do with a Kangaroo? by Mercer Mayer. AMAZING kids book about a kid who keeps on finding animals all over her house and tries to kick them out as they take over everything from her bathroom to her tricycle. I always loved this book and equally loved reading it to my own kids when they were little.
Sleeping Dragons all Around by Sheree Fitch. Granted, this is not of ‘my’ childhood, but one of those gems we discovered and our kids fell in love with. Just hearing them scream “Mocha Maple Chocolate Cake” over and over was delightful!
The Toothpaste Genie by Sandy Frances Duncan. The first full novel I ever read.
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. My mother gave me this book when I turned fifteen. First MB book and it spawned a lifelong love affair with the author. As in, I loved her. I have since read and collected every single book she has written.
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. Of course I read the fudge and Sheila books of hers when I was younger and all of her youth books, but this was my first taste of her edgier side and I was hooked, hard.
The Druid’s Tune by O.R Melling. I think my dad gave me this book. A couple of Canadian teenagers visiting their Irish uncle’s farm in the summer to get out of trouble stumble upon a Druid and travel back in time to Ireland in the time of Cuchulain and Queen Maeve. Never have I wanted to time travel more. Also the first book that really made me picture Ireland on a regular basis. I always wanted to be Rosemary from this book.
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. To this day, I have likely read this 800+ page book about twenty times. To this day, whenever I re-read it, I fall in love with the characters and the imagery all over again. Not many other books in my entire life have affected me the way this one has. I find something new to take away from it every time I read it. It is always the first book I suggest to people who want something great to read (besides my own, that is).
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. Now, I have read all her stuff and have collected a good portion of her works but this particular book wove its way into my heart. I was already fascinated by wolves and wolf pack behavior but the way in which Jodi weaves this in with the characters in the story is second to none.
Maia by Richard Adams. My dad didn’t want me to read this book when I did (I was about 16, but I now count it among my adult favourites) and I get it; it’s about a concubine. It’s dirty and gritty and in some parts really raunchy. But again, an epic tome of a book that I can’t get enough of. A fully wielded world that is drawn so magnificently that I cannot look away.
The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz. I first heard of Tiffany from a podcast that Brittany Gibbons had on Google hangouts. I was fascinated by the way she described her work and what she wrote about. Also that she put so much research into representing the world of S&M. Of course when I was able, I bought the first three books in the series and read them. I really enjoyed her writing but it was the fourth book (I hope I have that order right, Tiffany) The Mistress, that really moved me. No, her writing won’t be for everyone, certainly not my parents for example, but the way in which she encapsulated the deepest parts of the bond between Soren and Nora moved me beyond words. There is a scene with them towards the end of the book that had me sitting straight up in my bed, in tears, my own heart bleeding for the love of these two that they can never express outside of their own little world.
I should put out some honourable mentions. I have also read and highly enjoyed almost everything by: Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeline Wickham), Alice Clayton (love her!!), Jennifer Weiner (yay), Morgan Llewellyn (Irish historical fiction that is amazing, especially her 1912 series…wow), Piers Anthony’s Immortality series, Gillian Flynn, Debbie Macomber, Alice Sebold, Kathleen Grissom and numerous others.
I’d love to know what books you read and which ones had impacts on you, leave a comment, and happy reading in 2014!!