Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2016 - It's Back!

I've been living under a rock so I just found out last night that this was being brought back by The Estella Society...and I signed up...11th Hour!

Today, we introduce ourselves with five books that represent us as a person. I'm going to do mine more as a defining moment, or why/how these books shaped me as a reader. Kinda sorta.

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. My favorite book and the book that introduced me to my favorite author of all time. It was the third book in the Vampire Chronicles series, but I read it first for some reason. Only then did my mom, who had read the first book, Interview with the Vampire, many years before, inform me about the first book. Doh! I proceeded to read the first and second book, and then read Queen of the Damned again. I have since read it four times and the first, second and fourth books twice. Of course, I will read Queen of the Damned again, and probably the others too.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Another favorite. I credit this book with igniting my huge passion for historical fiction which has become one of my top three favorite genres.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is the book that I read and loved when I was a girl, and have since read it many more times. Jo taught me that a girl could do anything and sparked my passion for writing.

Grist by Linda Little. This one is a relatively recent one, but it was my favorite read in 2014 and it touched me profoundly. I guess it was because it reminded me how blessed I am to be mother...what a precious thing it is, and also how lucky I am to be a woman in this age, able to make my own choices.

Let Me In (or Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I'm a huge horror fan. I mean, I have another blog dedicated to the horror/speculative fiction genre (Castle Macabre) so that makes it pretty obvious. I credit this book for getting me excited about horror again. I read it in 2009.

Trying to define yourself by five books is really hard. There are so many books I've loved and that have changed my life. I'm sure it's the same for many of you as well.

Once again, welcome back BBAW!



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  1. What a great list! Queen of the Damned is one I kept meaning to read, but never did. I read Lestat and Interview with a Vampire. I was more taken with Rice's Witches series, admittedly. Pillars of the Earth was such a great book! I read it in a week; I couldn't put it down.

    1. I also loved the Witch series...well, I loved The Witching Hour. I didn't like Lasher and Taltos as well, but still a great series. I also love The Mummy.

      So true on Pillars. It was unputdownable!

  2. It is tough to pick 5 books. I ended up going with aspects of the mystery genre. I've not read Rice's vampire books, but I did like her witch books years ago. And Little Women - well, love that one. I'm interested in GRIST. Will check it out. Enjoyed this!

  3. I have also been living under a rock. I'm going to see if I can still do this....If I can just figure out what books to use.

    Great list!

  4. Ooh, very cool list! I've had every single one of these except Grist (which I had never heard of) sitting on my shelves for years. I definitely want to read Let The Right One In, soon.

  5. I've been meaning to try those big Ken Folletts! Is Pillars of the Earth a family saga? I have a vague idea that it might be, and I love those.

  6. I love Little Women! I wished I had made it in time to participate in the readalong that's going on right now. I tried to read Pillars of the Earth at a time that I wasn't in the mood for it, so I always mean to try again.

  7. I'm so interested to see Pillars of the Earth. It's been on my radar for what seems like forever, and some of my closest book friends have loved it. It's time to try it!

  8. Honestly, if there's a little girl that read Little Women and didn't want to be an author, I've yet to meet her!

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