The Booker Award

The fabulous author and fellow FF&P writer Celia Breslin  has nominated me for the Booker Award. The award targets literary and book-centered blogs. The rules are simple: post my top five books of all time, post the booker award icon, and nominate other bloggers to do the same.

Well, here it goes. These are not in order though, as I can’t possibly pick my number one.

Persuasion, by Jane Austen. Of course you know she had to be one of them :) I love all of Austen’s works and try to reread every year or so, but this one is my favorites. Her writing is just so exquisite and subtle and breathtaking. And, c’mon, Capt. Wentworth and the letter? Nuff said.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. Buy this. You will not be disappointed. It is so effing hilarious and oddly, in a whacked out way, kinda spiritual. Moore is one of my favorite authors. He’s on Auto Buy for me. My second fave of his–Fluke. Some have described him as a cross between Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams.

The Dune series, by Frank Herbert. Another that I reread, but not as often as Austen. Love the whole worldbuilding and complexity.

Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches series. I love how she’s able to transport me and her blending of history with story. Used to be, when she came out with a new one, I’d be right there to buy it and have my whole weekend blocked out to read it.

And I’m going to break the rules, because now I’m running into too many and have a hard time choosing. There are just too many good books out there. Some others that I remember being overwhelmed and transported by: Anna Karenina, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Count of Monte Cristo, Watership Down, The Doomesday Book, Coalescent, by Stephen Baxter, David Brin’s Uplift Saga, Umberto Eco’s In the Name of the Rose and Baudolino, Phillip K. Dick, Lord of the Rings (of course), the canon of Isaac Asimov, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, J. Gregory Keyes’ The Age of Unreason series, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. I’m a sucker for anything that blends history, or archaeology into the story…

And now to pass the baton (these are also writers who I’ve either Beta’d or they’ve Beta’d my work, or both):

  • Kate Warren, fellow Austen fan and writer, who’s just published an awesome women’s fiction “Bridging the Gaps”
  • Donna Cummings, writer with a wicked sense of humor
  • Stephanie Lawton, fellow Mobilian and writer, fresh on the heels of her first release Want.
  • Gayle Ramage, hailing from Scotland, fellow writer and geek who writes time travel fiction
  • Kate Meader, another writer with a great sense of humor, she just signed with an agent, congrats!