This is my first Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the wonderful folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. FYI I don’t think I can stick to 10 books, maybe 10 series… in random order FYI. Those that don’t have links are high on my reread list.
1. The Song of the Lioness (Quartet) by Tamora Pierce
This is one of my all time favorite series, really the Tortall Universe is a place I can disappear to over and over again. I have met very few people who have known of it but I try to spread it everywhere I go.
2. The Deed of Paksenarrion (Trilogy) by Elizabeth Moon
According to my personal library this is a “book” because I have the omnibus. It was so gritty and real to me. It was like nothing I had read before and nothing I have read since.
3. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
It was enchanting in a very real way. It is a bibliophile’s dream. It had this flare of popularity but has since disappeared fairly well. Probably one of my favorite realistic books ever.
4. Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures) by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson
Yep, that title turns heads. It is about three people in UN peacekeeping and the trials and joys that they face. This is true story not my usual fare but it is far from your average boring story.
5. The Belgariad (Quintet) by David Eddings
It’s a classic. It was my introduction to the classic fantasy characteristics that more modern stories take their roots from.
6. The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
4th grade perhaps? It was my definition of fantasy. I loved it so much I named things after it. Then I forgot about it and it took me years to remember the title and I was so glad when I found it again.
7. Redwall (Series) by Brian Jacques
This I was definitely in the 4th grade and reading because I made a friend due to it sitting on the corner of my desk. Libraries still carry it but kids don’t see it. I still haven’t finished it.
8. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Even my die hard Stephen King friends don’t know about this book usually. I suppose because it doesn’t fit his norm, I wouldn’t know it is actually the only thing I ever read. I first read it in the 9th grade and loved it. Fairy tale all grown up.
9. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Along with this goes The Blue Sword. Both are Newbery recognized, one honor, one award. The saddest thing is that I read these in elementary school, and I didn’t really discover the rest of her work until I was in college, despite my love of these.
10. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Series) by Patricia C. Wrede
Funny fantasy, but with heart and gusto. Princess Cimerone was my favorite princess when I was young. She was one of the few not too frilly.