I thought this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt at The Broke and the Bookish fit pretty well with the BookTube Influential Books Tag – so I did both! Feel free to check out the vlog version if you so desire.
I mean, really. This series is everything.
This series was an obsession of mine as a kid – we even took a family trip to Williamsburg! I absolutely adored everything about all these stories – 1776ish Virginia was a favorite setting of mine for many years thanks to Felicity.
One of the first classics I actually read for fun once I grew out of the Great Illustrated Classics phase. I kinda wanted to be one of those snooty people, nose high, that could say ‘Yes, of course I read classics for fun!’ Then I picked this up, read it, and was too busy moving straight on to The Moonstone (also by Collins) to worry about anything else.
The obsession I had with these books isn’t even funny! I read and owned literally hundreds of them – pretty sure they’re still boxed up in my parents’ garage. I can, to this day, still name all the characters and details about their personalities.
Historical mysteries are a favorite genre of mine, and it all started here. Also, I’ve picked these up to reread during more than one difficult time in my life because I find something extremely comforting about the characters.
Reading this began both my interest in dystopian lit and in Stephen King himself. It also taught me a lot about characterization and what it really takes to be able to create great ones.
Anne and Gilbert were two of my first book loves, and I can’t imagine how I could have survived childhood without my manymanymany binge watches of the amazing miniseries.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – this is pretty much my book BFF. I’ve read it numerous times over the last decade, and it never fails to make my laugh/scream/cry in all the best ways. The characters and plot both resonate with me a lot.
My all time favorite classic, and one of the first books I picked up based solely on a recommendation from a Goodreads friend. When I joined GR in 2008, my life changed a LOT, and this book kinda represents all that to me. Also, my feelings for this book are tied up with the miniseries. So, Richard Armitage.
I’ve never been prouder of a reading experience – this 1000 page chunkster kinda straddles the fiction/non-fiction line. It’s set in Ancient Rome and it is an extremely difficult and time consuming undertaking. But man, SO WORTH EVERY SECOND. There is a crazy huge 300 page glossary that you have to flip to constantly, and connecting with all of that as much as I did? Yeah, it was awesome.