Just wanted to post something fun and see if anyone else loves these books, too! We will have a common treasure! If you see one that you love, comment and let me know what you love about it!
-Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: I remember getting the first book in the series from my aunt one year for Christmas. I devoured it, and she purchased the next 2 or three for me. The rest I ended up either buying myself or borrowing from the library. These are special to me because of the sentiment of the gift, and because they were one of the first chapter book series that I ever finished. I loved the brilliance of Klaus, and Violet’s inventiveness, and of course, little Sunny’s knack for biting things. They always found a way out of whatever dreadful situation they were in, and that inspired me to keep going through my ‘unfortunate events’, too.
-Garth Nix’s “Abhorsen” Trilogy: I read these in high school and have re-read them a few times since. Never heavy, never hard to read, but always full of conflict, suspense and cleverness (and of course, the wonderfully orchestrated plot twists!).
-Clare Dunkle’s “Hollow Kingdom” Trilogy: Beautifully written, and a series I couldn’t get enough of. I loved Marak’s humor and practicality, and Kate’s stubborn willfulness, and of course, little ‘M’! A wonderful re-casting of an old myth.
-Allison Croggon’s “Pellinor” Series: A lesser-known but gorgeous fantasy. The second book had me in tears the whole time I read it. The last book was very deep and complex, which made it a little hard to understand, but I’ve only read the whole series once. Well written characters, wonderful plot twists and surprises. Probably one of the most influential series on my own writing.
-C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”: These didn’t take me long to read. Previously I had only read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” but I was given the whole series as a gift and finally read it all. Very influential on my own writing, with regards to the genre and spiritual cast. Some parts were very simple, and some parts seemed as if they didn’t belong, but the series as a whole is wonderful. The last book was a little confusing and very blatantly a spiritual allegory, but all in all I liked it.
-Ted Dekker’s “The Circle” Series: Amazingly written. One of the best modern fantasies I’ve read. After reading it, and then reading the first of Donaldson’s “Covenant” series, I noticed some parallels, especially with the name of the main character and the set-up of the world. But Dekker’s books were very spiritual, and seemed to mix thriller/mystery with fantasy in a way that I had never seen before and that I really enjoyed. Big influence.
-Ursula LeGuin’s “Tombs of Atuan”: I know it’s a cycle, but I haven’t read the whole thing. We read “Tombs” for a class I’m taking and I loved it. Ged’s beautiful speech to Tenar on the last few pages really struck a chord in me. I loved her symbolism, and the layers of depth and richness she incorporates into the theme. Her writing style is also lovely.
-Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”: Although the ‘theology’ can sometimes be a little confusing/ecumenical/modern, I love the idea that ‘love conquers all’ that she presents as the driving theme in the book. The fantastical journey through time and space presented a lot of interesting and lovely images, and the horrifying descriptions of the villain, “IT”, did what they were supposed to and made me shiver.
I could list other books, but these are probably the ones that stick out the most in my mind.
=) Let me know what you all think!