Natasha Fondren is having a meme to generate a list of great books, and I thought I’d play along. Here are the questions:
•What book(s) made you a better writer?
•What book(s) made you cry?
•What book(s) made you laugh until you were in tears?
•What book(s) made you feel like you could conquer the world?
•What book(s) have you read three times or more?
•What book(s) kept you up all night reading?
•What book(s) do you want to read again?
•Any other recommendations?
So here I go:
•What book(s) made you a better writer? – I’m tempted to say every book I’ve ever read has made me a better writer. Specifically, I’d say books like CJ Sansom’s Shardlake series. The fine balance of historical details, immediacy and action, and character development are a classic, in my book. Iain M. Banks makes me want to strive to be better, because he is so often pitch-perfect.
•What book(s) made you cry? – My Dearest Enemey by Connie Brockway. There have been many, many, others, but the one scene stands out in that book for me as one where I had a good old howl. Also, The Little Matchgirl. I can sob, when I read that one. Not a pretty sight.
•What book(s) made you laugh until you were in tears? – Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett. The Stephanie Plum series. And many, many more, too numerous to count.
•What book(s) made you feel like you could conquer the world? – Gosh, this is hard. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. Plenty of others, too numerous to mention.
•What book(s) have you read three times or more? – The Danger by Dick Francis, The Lord of the Rings trilogy by C.S. Lewis, and most of Jayne Ann Krentz. And yes, I know Dick Francis and JAK write the same characters over and over, just with slightly different settings and plots, I 100% know that. And still, I read them again. I’ve pondered why and I think its my fascination with the ability to do just that, yet still make me nervous about the outcome, still grip me, still make me feel everything a reader should feel.
•What book(s) kept you up all night reading? – The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Books by Karen Rose. Books by Deborah Crombie. Books by Elizabeth George. Books by Tami Hoag.
•What book(s) do you want to read again? – Mmmmm. I’d like to re-read Sweet Fortune by JAK, but I’ve lost my copy and I can’t find it at the library. I wouldn’t mind re-reading Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag.
•Any other recommendations? – Anne Perry’s series set in Victorian England with Hester and William Monk. Excellent. Truly excellent.
Would you like to add a few books to this, or, if you tackle this on your own blog, link your post in the comments?