Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Favorite Book (Day 4)

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.

As the title suggests, this Regency romance revolves mostly around the hero, Michael Sterling, who once gave into the debauched proclivities of a bona fide rakehell and, naturally, becomes transformed because he's in love with the heroine.  Yes, he's already in love with his fellow protagonist, Francesca Bridgerton, at the beginning of Julia's masterful tale.

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.

Rules is written in first person/present perfect tense and is also set in Regency England. The difference between it and Ms. Quinn's?  At times you'll laugh so hard tears spring to the eyes.  No lie.  Written in a fast-paced style that is all Janet's own, this fun-filled Regency romp features prim & proper heroine Philomena Wellesley-Clegg (and she is quick to tell you she is not related to those Wellesley's, the Duke of Wellington's lot, much to the disappointment of, like, everyone) and young scoundrel hero Inigo Linsley, who has a son with a whore but adores our little heroine to distraction. Even to the point he pretty much becomes an honorary member of her society, A.R.S.E.  Ah, that's, Association for the Rescue and Succor of those in Extremis, you bad little reader.

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!


BREA said...

Oh wow...My first and foremost would have to be:

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.
It is one of the first larger books I read and my grandparents gave it to me. Every few years I go back and read it. Never gets old!

Second would have to be:

Bram Stoker's Dracula:
I found it in the high school library my freshman year and checked it out several times over those four years (I could never afford to buy my own copy). I loved it and still do. Now I try and collect every version I can find of it!

Alyssia said...

Both of those are wonderful! Ugh, and Charlotte's Web... wow. Makes me cry every time. And you're right: the story never gets old. Any of the classic vampire novels are fantastic, most definitely. It is for that reason Anne Rice is still one of my very favorite novelists.

Lela said...

Oh, gosh, I read so much I can't remember everything! To Kill A Mockingbird, for sure. I can read this book over and over and over and over and over. Interview With A Vampire - I remember the wonder and thrill I felt the first time I read this book and couldn't wait to get my hands on the rest of Anne Rice's vampire series, so it ranks up in top favorites. But, more recently, I would have to say the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. I could only hope to be worthy to be in the same league as this man's little toe! See, again, I couldn't pick just one! lol

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