This is an open letter to the books that have made an impact on my life. I have read each of these books more than once and they will always be special to me.
1) Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life: Published in 1983.
What can I say this was the first book that showed me that pretty “girls” come in all shapes and sizes. At the time, I was an awkward 12 year old Tom Boy who did not own a shred of pink and didn’t realize that clothes were a statement. I was about to enter Jr. High and was the biggest nerd on the planet. I am still not a girly girl but she did help me accept who I am. I love her for it!
2) Wagon’s West Series by Dana Fuller Ross: Independence was Published in 1980
I am still trying to get this whole series in its first publication form. It was the first series that introduced me to series reading. I remember asking my school librarian if we had gotten the new one in yet and her having to tell me that it wasn’t published yet. I loved how it followed the group and their lives as they headed West! It was a fantastic read!
3) The Stand by Stephen King: Published in 1978
I read The Stand when I was in HS. I was riveted by the unique story, gripping situations, and the journey that these characters went through. This was also the first book I picked up because of a mini-series on TV (this has happened many times since). I quickly found out that I liked the books better than the adaptations for screen (though this one was really well done). It was also probably when I realized I was a “re-reader” aka one of those annoying people that will read a book over and over again until it falls apart!
4) Vampire Series by Linda Leal Miller: Tonight and Always 1996, Time Without End 1995, For All Eternity 1994, Forever and the Night 1993
I read Forever and the Night before I read Anne Rice! I think this is when I fell in love with PNR, though back then I am not sure it was genre all onto itself. This series also inspired my two tats, so you can tell how much I love it!
5) Wishes and A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux: Published in 1989
These were my first venture into “non-standard” historical. Wishes had a bit of the fairy godmother thing going on and Knight in Shining Armor had a bit of time travel. They were also the first books that I read by Jude Deveraux and they were not my last. I think each time I re-read these two books I have fallen love with historical romance all over again.
6) The 1rst 4 Books in the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson: Along Came a Spider (1993), Kiss the Girls (1995), Jack & Jill (1996), Cat & Mousse (1997)
I say the first 4, though I have liked the others, because after many years reading romance these kicked off a major thrillerfest for me. I think from 1997 to 2001 most of what I read was spy, thriller, killer related. I couldn’t get enough of the genre and still visit it often.
7) The Carpathian Series by Christine Feehan: First one published 1999 and they are still going!
Oh the Carpathians! How I love thee, let me count the ways! This was the first really long series where I started counting down to when the next book would come out. I was all about who was going to get with who, how they were going to get their HEA, and dang it could she write faster–I needed to know! Even though series had a few off books, it is still one of my favorites!
8) Shel Silverstein The Light in the Attic: Published in 1981
I used to tell people I was into poetry. OK, I was 12 and I think Shel Silverstein was the master of poetic genius. So I figured out at some point I am not a “poetry” person but I still love him. He is still my idea of poetic genius!
9) Anne Rice Interview with a Vampire: Published in 1976 and Feast of All Saints: Published in 1979
I have read Interview with a Vampire (followed by The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned) at least 20 times in the last 15 years. I actually did not know this book existed until the mid-90’s. The same goes with The Feast of All Saints which I think is her most brilliant work. As a history buff this book fulfilled on all levels: it let me escape into the rich landscape that was New Orleans and told a fascinating story of the trials and tribulations of the people who inhabited the area. These are also one of the few 2 books that I think they translated well on to screen!
10) Diana Gabaldon’s The Outlander: Published in 1991
As a lover of Historical Romance and Paranormal this was one of the first novels I read that tied it all together very well! I remember picking up this massive (and it is) book and thinking I would be lucky to finish it in a month. I finished it in 2 days and have read it every couple of years since. It was moving and I loved it.