I have been challenged over on this wonderful blog http://www.littleplasticcastle.com/artificial-blog/book-tag-february-2015 to reveal ten formative books. First reaction uh oh, a blog I'm going to have to work out how to write a proper blog. My second reaction, challenge accepted.
I wrote some book titles down then got thinking and walked around the house in a quandary - Can I count a trilogy as one? Don’t answer that!
My husband gave me a quizzical look, before giving in and asking what I was doing. Finding books was the answer, not sure that it was the answer he expected but it allowed me to move onto the next bookcase quickly. Sure enough all of these books were exactly where I thought they would be. In no particular order here they are.
The Colour Purple (Alice Walker) - you may already know how much I love this one. If it goes missing from the bookcase I panic. The film is good, but not as good as the book.
Northern Lights / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman) - may have cheated a bit here but they are worth it. I love the world inside these books.
My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult) - this one makes me cry every time.
The Darkroom Handbook (Michael Langford) - Even though the world is going digital I have very fond memories of loading the film into the cartridge, shooting the film, developing the film, then printing the photos. This book taught me a lot, I still have the equipment in the roof.
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) - Brilliant time travel that didn’t give me whiplash.
Elsewhere and the Gathering of the Clowns (James Roose-Evans) - one of the first books that I remember buying. It was at school during a book fair, the author signed it for me. I suppose it feels special as he was an author who took the time to communicate with me, similar to some indie authors now. I even had a TV appearance when it was reported in the local news (I was in the background on the left.)
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) - this one speaks for itself.
I Am Number Four (Pittacus Lore) - you’ve caught me cheating again as the whole series of these count as one in my mind. I’m always waiting for the next instalment.
Wild Swans (Jung Chang) - An amazing book that has been read several times over the years.
The Vampire (Montague Summers) - I loved the section about how people were sometimes mistakingly thought of as dead, then buried alive. Nightmares? Well maybe one or two ;)
So there you have it, my response to the challenge. Though I am now wondering if The Dummies Guide to Scrivener should be there…….