Ooooh, this was a toughie. I read constantly, you see. Sometimes I'm reading two novels at one time; it just depends on what I'm writing at the moment and what I aim to feed Le Muse in order to produce exceptional results. For instance, right now I'm working on a YA (Young Adult) novel entitled Interim about a teenage girl who, after she drowns in a local river, finds herself trapped in between worlds. So, naturally, I am reading as much YA Paranormal as humanly possible. However, I've also added a few adult historical romances to the bill, as the language and romantic elements can aid with both fantasy and the fact that my heroine is British.
But I'll get to all that rigmarole later.
As for today's challenge, I really had to think back on all the books I've read over the past, oh, thirty+ years of my life. What novel really did it for me? Which story can I always go back to and rediscover my love for the characters and the plot, etc. etc.? Most romance writers--especially the historical lot, like myself--will bat their eyes, wave a lace hanky, and say, without hesitation, "Why, Jane Austen, of course!"
But not me. Yes, I love Austen. Respect her, honor her, burn candles on the second Saturday of every month in rapt devotion to her memory...
Okay, really. Not the weird candle-burning part. Although I do, in truth, get all fluttery and giddy inside when I see BBC's made yet another one of her novels into a mini-series.
She's not, however, who I would pick when I'm down and out and just wanna read someone who makes me feel, well, whole again.
For me, this book came later in life. Like, just a few, bordering on several, years ago.
It's When He Was Wicked by RITA® Award-Winning, New York Times Bestselling Historical Romance Author Julia Quinn.
Favorite line? The very first two: In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one's been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one's life will never be the same.
In close--and I do mean clooooooose--second, for I can seriously read this book any time, any place, and still laugh my tail off every single time, comes The Rules of Gentility by daringly witty author Janet Mullany.
Favorite line? (Philomena) I am alone with a man of bad reputation. I cannot wait to tell me sister.
So, what's YOUR favorite book? Is it a classic? A newer novel? A series maybe! I'd love to know!
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,
By the by! You can read excerpts of both books by clicking on the authors' name links above. You can also purchase my faves by clicking on the book name itself. It'll send you to Amazon directly. Enjoy!