I think I’ve done a fair job keeping up with recent releases, but sometimes there are just some older books that I picked up and loved. I thought that since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a throwback freebie, I’d talk about some of those books. Now, it may have been a while since I’ve read the books, but I’m featuring them because 1) I really ought to reread them and maybe this will push me to do it and 2) I distinctly remembering falling in love with them.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling || This has always been–hands down– my favorite book of the series. Harry learns so much about his parents and being able to meet Lupin and Sirius Black, friends of his mom and dad, that really endeared the book to me. So of course, you can only image by bitter disappointment when the movie was not at all how I imagined the book would be. I haven’t been able to come to terms with the actors who played Lupin and Sirius, so my heart dies a little inside when I rewatch the movies. I remember petitioning for certain actors to get particular roles (like that really mattered XD ), too! Haha.
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice & The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley || Oh man. I remember devouring the first 5 or so books in The Vampire Chronicles, but for some reason, I stopped and never picked them back up or bothered to continue the series. I don’t even remember why either. *shrugs* I first read The Mists of Avalon around 6 or so years ago. I loved it so much. I actually watched the movie first, liked it, and thought I’d give the book a go. Wow, what a difference! lol I never continued with the series, though, and I didn’t even know it was one until a few years ago. 😛
The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray || If I remember correctly, I picked up the first book on a whim when I saw it at the used bookstore 9-ish years ago. Same with the second one, too, and while I never kept a particular eye out for the third one, I distinctly remember going to the bookstore to read this book (because for some reason, going to the library didn’t cross my mind) between classes during college. I loved them, yet this is one of those series that I don’t remember much about, and it’s fallen on the wayside. Maybe I ought to see if these are audiobooks…
Daughter of the Lioness duology by Tamora Pierce || These two books hold a special place in my heart. Talk about a book that inspired you to start writing? For me, it’s this series. I wrote the first draft of a book soon after I finished reading this series during NaNoWriMo back in 2009. That first draft is still currently in my possession and has gone through three revisions (one of which I had to rewrite completely because the thumb drive I stored it on broke 😦 ). Is it anywhere near done? Nope. Is it even the book I’m working on now? No. Haha.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley || So this book isn’t marked on my Goodreads list as “read” but I remember picking this up in my early years of college based on a friend’s recommendation of the author. While this wasn’t what I expected and isn’t normally what I would read now (urban fantasy, paranormal with vampires!), it’s definitely what I read back in the day (as if that were a long time ago, haha)! I remember quite liking it, too. There was a lingering mystery, and while I also remember the ending somewhat dissatisfied me. Unfortunately, this book burned in an apartment fire I had a some years ago, and I’ve never bothered to buy it again. I might just have to find it at the local library and see if I enjoy it as much as I remember.
Beauty by Robin McKinley || This is one of my all-time favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings. Well, I say that, but it’s been 2 years since I’ve read it. Quite frankly, I don’t remember what happens. Typical. (I will that I recently read Hunted by Meagan Spooner and it is also a fabulous retelling, with a twist.)
What older books do you love? Any recommendations? Sometimes it’s nice to look back on books like these and not get caught up with all the new books publishing. Sometimes it can be overwhelming!