I was tagged by a friend on FB to pick list at least 10 works of literature (fiction/non-fiction) that have influenced me and stuck with me over the years. I tagged people on FB already but, if you feel so inclined to do this, please consider yourself tagged. 🙂
1. Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
My favorite book of all time. LOVE Cazaril.
2. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley.
This is the book that helped inspire The Beauty’s Beast–the book that’s currently making me all my royalties–so it definitely stuck with me! lol
3. All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
One of my fav books in one of my fav series. Oh, I cried!
4. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
My favorite contemp romance and probably the one I have reread the most over the years when I need a pick me up.
5. Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
This is definitely another Influenced My Writing Pick. Dahl writes strong, sexually empowered heroines and she showed me I could write the kind of stuff I want to read.
6. Love Irresistibly by Julie James
More writerly inspiration. She’s crafted a really great straight contemp series without adding suspense elements. She’s doing exactly what I want to do. Also, she writes really fun banter.
7. The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Really original fantasy world that owes nothing to medieval Europe for once! A great series and AMAZING world-building.
8. Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
A really original historical mystery series set in New Orleans with a POC as protagonist. Love this series and I love the main character, Ben.
9. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
Yet another historical mystery series that I love! The books are sweet and simple, and the mysteries are usually easy to figure out. But the world-building in this is so warm, so wholesome and welcoming that they make wonderful comfort reads.
10. (last one!!!) Um…The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Heyer has some problematic elements in her writing but she’s got such wonderful wit and characters. She’s one of my favorite authors and has been since I was a kid and my mom handed me an old paperback from the 60s. This is one of my favorites of Heyer’s and I reread it fairly often (and just skip right over the whole awful Goldwater scenes.)
And that’s me! What are the books that have stuck with you?