I've loved reading since I could remember, and that goes for writing as well! Here is a list of my faves, books/authors I've grown up with or just read recently, either way, they've influenced me and my writing! I was going to only list my top ten, but why limit the number? :)
P.S. I tried to upload pix of each book, but I couldn't find ones that weren't copyrighted! Ho hum.
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
This was the first real love story I ever read. I cried at the end when Jane went back to Rochester. But more so, I love Jane's convictions, her straight-forwardness and total desire to do what she knows is right. This is my number one fave, I read it at least once a year, if not more.
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
We were assigned this book when I was in fifth grade, but the life lessons Sal learns have always stuck with me. Never judge a man until you've walked two moons in his mocassins. In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter? Love it.
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
This is another one I just fell in love with. I love the passion between Catharine and Heathcliff, sick as it seems. And I love the creepy gothicness.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Yes, it's true, I got suckered in as well! I've never had a series of books that have made me want to flip back and start all over again the instant I finished them. I must've read these at least nine times in a row. And I fell in love with Edward right along with Bella (though I've never liked Bella, actually). Most of all though, these books were the biggest influence on me as a writer. I would read them and just get so pumped and think, I can do this too!
Lafcadio, by Shel Silverstein
I loved this book as a child, and even now it's an excellent pick for a rainy or snowy day. The idea of a lion learning how to shoot a shotgun and going to the city to wear a marshmallow suit? It's just fun.
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
Ahh, Harry. If only you were real.
Hush, Hush, by Rebecca Fitzpatrick
Rebecca Fitzpatrick's writing is excellent. One thing I love is that she rarely swears in her books--I would venture to say never. And she has such good tension between Patch and Nora, I loved this book. (Unfortunately, the sequel wasn't quite as good.)
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Most holocaust books are about Jewish families/people in hiding. This one is the flipside, a family who hides a jew in their basement. I sobbed like a child while reading this book, it was so touching and so beautiful.
City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
This one was a little rocky to start with for me, and I threw it across the room when I (spoiler!!) found out that Clary and Jace, the two love interests in the story, were supposedly brother and sister. But the book stuck with me and I ended up loving the series. Great for all you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans.
Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody is a clear-headed, down-to-business, fun woman who decides to go to Egypt and runs into a charity case woman who ends up becoming a dear friend. This was just a fun story about mummies and love. I really liked it.
The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan weaves an intricate web of characters, dilemmas, tension, love stories, battles, there's so many intense, fun, great things about this series. (Granted, it does kinda drag in some places, but overall, I love this series.)
Authors Who've Influenced Me
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I'm a mother, a Mormon and a musician, and I squee over all things pink and sparkly. I write books about doors that shouldn't be opened and enchanted tears that shouldn't be shed. I'm the proud wife of a farmer, and we live in a dinky Idaho farm town where the chances of getting stuck in tractor-induced traffic jams are highly likely. I believe anything can be made better with a good attitude and maybe a book packed away for those just-in-case times.