Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Re-Reader

I'm a chronic re-reader. I re-read books over and over again until the covers are falling off and the pages are crinkled (yikes, I'm hard on the books I love). My mom reads a book once and very rarely ever touches it again. She will, however, watch chick flicks that she's seen a hundred times (Legally Blonde, When Harry Met Sally, you know the ones) anytime they're on TV. I'm the same way, with movies AND books. Here are a list of books that have influenced/inspired/entertained me through dozens of readings:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - a classic, of course. This book inspired me to start writing fairy tales when I was in elementary school, and I plan to work on one after my current WIP. I just wish they hadn't completely destroyed it in the movie version.

The Protector of the Small series and The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce - female knights, princes, mythical creatures, cute boys - these books have it all. Tamora Pierce definitely inspired me to write strong female characters who aren't afraid to be themselves and compete with the guys.

Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie, Pendragon's Banner Trilogy by Helen Hollick - I LOVE books about King Arthur. I wish there were more of them.

Anything by Kate Brian - The Private Series, The Privileged Series, etc. - Kate Brian (one of Kieran Scott's pen names) is hands down my favorite YA author (I think I've mentioned that before) I love her voice, completely authentic of YA, her description, and she kills me with cliffhangers every time. She's definitely not afraid to be hard on her characters.

Anything by Philippa Gregory - I've been obsessed with all things English since I learned about Henry VIII chopping off his wives heads in middle school (wow, that sounds morbid...) and Philippa Gregory brings flat historical figures to life in her novels.

I could keep going, and going, and going (I'm the Energizer bunny of books) but I'll leave it at that for now. I've got some books to re-read.


Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I'm a re-reader too. Pride and Prejudice, The Hunger Games, and many more.
Sometimes I even forget what's going to happen. lol

DaniSue said...

Definitely means it's a good book then, lol. I love The Hunger Games too, it'll probably be one I re-read too