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I just posted a list to facebook, but since it's about books I thought I'd put it here as well. it is that 15 books meme:
Rules: Don't take too long to think about it.
Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your 15 picks, and tag people in the note - upper right hand side.)

1. L. M. Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables
2. Elizabeth George Speare - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
3. Jane Yolen - Dove Isabeau
4. Patricia C Wrede - Dealing with Dragons

5. Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons
6. Lloyd Alexander - Westmark
7. Cynthia Voigt - On Fortune's Wheel
8. Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
9. Madeleine L'Engle - A Ring of Endless Light
10. Madeleine L'Engle - A Swiftly Tilting Planet
11. Robin McKinley - Beauty
12. Robin McKinley - The Blue Sword
13. Jane Austen - Persuasion
14. Sherwood Smith - Crown Duel
15. Theresa Tomlinson - The Forestwife

I am dreadful at coming up with lists of this nature, as I keep thinking of more and more titles and trying to weigh them and getting flummoxed. so the books here are all ones that I first read between ages 8 and 14 (roughly in order). they all had an impact on me, a significant impact on my reading habits, and will definitely stick with me. (and indeed, they are all on my shelves!)

in other news, the summer has been moving along way too fast. things are busy at the bookstore, and on hot weeks like this one it is actually a pleasure to get to work because of the air conditioning. it's a fine thing when you're driven out of your house and into places of business by the heat/humidity!


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Aug. 12th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
No tagging . . . my problem is keeping it down to fifteen--and it only takes about twenty seconds to name off a whole slew. (I guess that's the problem with old age.)
Aug. 12th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
my problem is keeping it down to fifteen

I have this same problem. and then I've been reading other folks' lists, and being amazed at not remembering to include those.. making lists of favorite books is always problematic!
Aug. 12th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh I loved Westmark when I was a kid! I have to admit, I was a little disappointed recently when I helped my mom clean out her garage & ended up re-reading those and the Prydain Chronicles (I read those before I read LoTR, and subsequently was surprised by the similarities), but Theo will always have a special place in my heart.
Aug. 12th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that Jane Eyre always seems to come up, while Wuthering Heights gets, like, tossed by the wayside. Is it the adolescence of WH? The narration? I had always thought they were pretty equal, but now, I'm all on Charlotte's side.
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I always have a particular difficulty with lists like this! I've read quite a few fantasy series, and sometimes a particular book in a series will stand out and sometimes it's the series as a whole. Does this happen to you?
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