B is for Books
Nothing beats a good book underneath a warm blanket on a grey, blistery day. Or maybe that's just me and the fact that those kinds of settings tickle my muse.
Whatever your favorite reading setting is, you probably have a list of favorites to go with it. Mine changes slightly as I read new books, delve into old ones, and continue to develop my own reading - and, by extension, writing - style.
Today, I chose my top six faves from my science fiction and fantasy must-read list. These are the books I would - and have! - read again and again.
1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The king of all fantasy, admired by thousands and emulated by thousands more. Originally written as one huge book, Tolkien was told that no one would ever buy a book that large and had to split it into three parts. If you've never read it, do so. I can't begin to cover the depth and layers that this man went into to create Middle-earth.
2. Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
My favorite children's book of all time. Once again, this book is more than it seems at face value. It's not just a child's playtime - it's about the innocence of imagination and the sadness that comes from the fact that humanity only truly experiences it when we are children. Poignant and beautiful.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Unlike The Lord of the Rings, this was not published as one book, but as seven. So, technically, I'm cheating. Whatever. C.S. Lewis himself said that this was an allegorical series but, again, I think he covers so much more than that. He had a keen insight into the mind of man which comes out even through his children's stories.
1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I've tried to move on from this book. I've done my best to put more classical choices in this top spot. I can't. From the moment I first read it, Ender's Game has held my imagination hostage. OSC says that he has found that his readers either love it or hate it. There are few in-betweens. I'll leave it to you to decide which one you are.
2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Amazing children's book and an amazing woman behind it. I can't get enough of Madeleine L'Engle. She had so many keen insights and such an intelligence about her. This is another children's story that isn't just for children.
3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
There were many choices I could have put here. In fact, the runner-up for this position was Firebird by Kathy Tyers (amazing, by the way). But, in the end, I had to admit that "thanks for all the fish" will always haul me back to it, laughing as I go. And that is priceless.
What are your favorite science fiction and/or fantasy books?
Tomorrow is the first day of my 12 flash fiction posts! Stop on by to see what awesome universe I've prepared for you all!