Books we love most
It’s book blogger appreciation week, and today’s topic is to “introduce yourself by telling about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.” Let’s just boil that down, here, to a list of the books I love most and wish everyone else would read.
I’ve already made lists like this on the blog, most notably in my post about “How Social Media Improves My Life,” so I thought I could tell you about which of the books on my most-loved list have been reviewed on my blog and which ones haven’t.
Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I’ve never written about this series, except incidentally, because they have been my A #1 top favorite books of all time for so long it really never occurred to me.
Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. I discovered this series in the middle school library and loved it immediately, and for all time. My daughter is named, partly, for the flower of Lorien.
Bronte, Wuthering Heights. I was captivated, as a 13-year-old, by the idea that you could focus so intensely on love that the rest of the world fell away. I wrote about it in passing on one of my very first blog posts, Madness.
Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The idea of line marriage and the implacability of living underground on the moon still fascinate me. I mention wanting to live on that kind of moon in my Book Bloggers International Interview.
Kingsolver, Animal Dreams. I loved this one and taught it before I ever started blogging. I think I pick it out as my favorite Kingsolver because I identify with Cody’s tallness and the way she is repulsed at the thought of being a medical doctor.
Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I love all the characters in this one so much that it hurts to see how they rub up against each other. I even love Pearl Tull, and she is the hardest to know and to love. I wrote about Pearl as one of my favorite characters in fiction.
Harkaway, The Gone-Away World. Finally, a book I read after I had started blogging. This book was one of the greatest discoveries of my life. Another blogger, who has since stopped blogging, recommended it to me, and warned that it takes about 75 pages to get into the book. When I reviewed it, I called it my “book of the year.”
Slonczewski, A Door Into Ocean. I read and loved this book before I moved to Ohio and met the author, who has since become a good friend of mine. One of her later novels, The Children Star, is dedicated to me and Ron. I reviewed her novel Daughter of Elysium as a re-read when it was republished in 2009, and reviewed The Highest Frontier when it came out in 2011.
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale. I taught this one at every college I’ve visited and professed at, and referred to it in a blog post about banned books.
Percy, Love in the Ruins. I first read this when I was at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. My son is named for this author. I did review this novel as a re-read.
Other books or stories I love and that have shaped me in some way:
Shakespeare’s Othello, Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, Grossman’s The Magician King, Lewis’ Narnia series, LeGuin’s Earthsea books, Goldman’s The Princess Bride, Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, de Larrabeiti’s The Borribles, Chabon’s Summerland, Card’s Ender’s Game, Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber series, Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and Funke’s The Thief Lord.
Which of these–if any–do you love most?