Sunday, December 4, 2016

Top Ten List- #OpenBook Blog Hop

Everybody loves a list, right? Well, except when I leave my grocery list hanging on the refridgerator when I go to the grocery store ....

I toyed with what I wanted to list for you. Favorite mountains or places to visit, people I'd like to meet, favorite foods. It would be easy to give you another post filled with photos of mountains and wildflowers. But what do I love as much of the mountains? Books. I'm not only a writer, I'm a reader.

So here's a Top 10 list of favorite series of books starting when I was a kid

Nancy Drew Mysteries (and Hardy Boys)
   Someone gave my mother a bunch of books that their kids had grown out of and several of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books were included in the box. (Yep, the old blue cover versions.) I loved them and that  became my go-to gift for the next couple of years. Of course, by that time the yellow 'updated' version of the books was in publication. I passed on my entire collection to another young reader when I left for college.

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  I don't remember how I was introduced to these books, I know we had the first one at home and I read the rest from the library. Bonus memory: Freckles and the Limberlost stories.

Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls)
        Although I never owned the set, my grade school library has\d the entire collection and I devoured them over the course of several months. This was before they were turned into a TV show.

Fellowship of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
     I give my oldest brother credit for introducing me to these books. I believe he had to read them for school and he left them behind when he went to college. I still have those same paperbacks. (I'm not the only reader in my family!)

Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
     After reading the Lord of the Rings series, I went searching for other books in the same genre. Which somehow lead me to the Narnia series. I know, not the same at all. Still, I own the entire set.

 Dragon Riders (Anne McCaffrey)
    I'm not sure who recommended these books to me. I started, as you should, with Dragonflight and then just kept reading.I will sadly say that I'm no longer following the series since her son started writing the books. He doesn't hold my attention as well.

Foxfire Books
   You may be asking, what is a series of non-fiction books doing on this list? Well, don't forget I'm an old hippie chick, and my dearly beloved hubby's family hails from the mountains of Tennessee. We're absolutely the target audience for these books! In case you haven't heard of them, they're filled with stories from the older people who lived in the hills and knew how to make something out of nothing. These books preserve the techniques and traditions of the the Appalachian Mountain folk and do it in an entertaining way. If you've never heard of them, you should check them out.

Vows and Honor (Oathbound) (Mercedes Lackey)
     After reading several sword and sorcery genre books with make main characters, I really wanted to find some with female leads.I found these books from an on-line list. If course, it led to reading the other books in the Valdemar series and spin-offs. I think I'm behind on the most recent additions to the collegium chronicles. I need to fix that!

Cutthroat Business (Savannah Martin series) (Jenna Bennett)
     I read the first book because it was a freebie. Loved it. Emailed the author to tell her so. She offered to send me the second book for free as well but I turned her down and bought it. She's up to book 13 (scared Money) now and working on book 14.

Longmire (Craig Johnson)
     I picked up the first book (The Cold Dish) from a bookstore display of local authors. (This was several years before it was turned into a TV show) Anyway, I enjoyed it and got the second in the series. Now I own all of them (except for some off the novellas and short story collections) He gets extra points because he lives in Wyoming.

Bonus books- James Bond. I won't put them on my favorites list, (for reasons I won't go into here)  but I'll pick one up once in a while.

And a bonus picture, because I can! Mountain aspen and Colorado columbines.

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  1. Ah yes, the Nancy Drew mysteries. I loved those when I was a kid, and always wanted 'titian' hair, just like her!

  2. Great list. We have a few favorites in common - Nancy Drew, JRR Tolkien, Laura Ingalls. :-) See you Friday.

  3. Awesome list of books. You made me nostalgic for reading time as a kid.