So I’m about 100 pages from finishing my current book so I thought I’d do a quick post about favorite books. Today it is my top 5 books.
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables changed my life and I love it, but this book has consistently been my favorite book of all time for years now. Maybe it’s because I identify way more with Valancy personally while Anne is someone you’d like to have as a best friend.
Valancy Stirling is 29 and has never lived. She’s never been in love and her family treats her like she isn’t a person in her own right. When she gets a scary medical diagnosis, she’s like ‘screw this’, tells her family what she’s always wanted to say to them, and goes out to do whatever she feels like doing.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Definitely a classic. Typically time travel and anything sci fi just doesn’t appeal to me, but I love historical fiction. I read this years ago, probably when I was in college, and it was seriously intense. I revisited it around 2011 and fell in love.
Claire Randall is just on a second honeymoon with her husband after WWII when she falls through time and ends up in the 1700s. It’s a much rougher time, especially for a woman used to being independent and speaking her mind. All she wants is to go home until she falls in love with the handsome Scot, Jamie Fraser, starting a whirlwind life where they constantly get into trouble and go on adventures.
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. I adore Sherlock Holmes. You’re always wary of anything that takes something you like and changes it somehow, but I am so glad I took a chance on this. Mary Russell is definitely one of the most unique characters I’ve read.
Sherlock Holmes is retired from the sleuthing life and raising bees in Sussex when he runs into a young person out in the fields. He’s astonished that this person is a girl, 15-year-old Mary Russell, with a mind to match his own, with a bit of training of course. He takes her on as an apprentice just to give himself something to do, but finds himself, and her, drawn back into the world of crime-solving.
This one on my list isn’t just one book, but three that I love equally. Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, all by Louisa May Alcott. I love Little Women as much as the next person, but these lesser-known and underrated books speak to me on a different level.
Eight Cousins and its sequel, Rose in Bloom, follow Rose Campbell, an orphan who has been taken in by her bachelor uncle after her parents die. She goes from being an only child to living in an area with numerous aunts and uncles and her seven boy cousins. She is raised as an equal with them instead of the feminine role that is expected of her and as she grows in the two books, she has to figure out where she fits in.
An Old-Fashioned Girl is about Polly Milton, a simple girl from the country, coming to stay in the city with her friend Fanny Shaw and her family. There’s a lot of pressure to fit in and be fashionable and throw away morals, but Polly fights to remain true to herself and her upbringing. Everyone expects her to change when it’s she who rubs off on Shaws.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I have Outlander to thank for me discovering this book. I was browsing free books on my Nook when this cover caught my attention. I then found out it was set in Scotland, back in the time of the Jacobite rebellion covered in Outlander. Plus, it was about a writer. What could be better?
Carrie McClelland is a modern day novelist writing about the Jacobite rebellion. She’s hit a patch of writer’s block so she travels to Scotland for inspiration. Her editor suggests putting a woman into the story, so she selects her own ancestor from the time period, Sophia. As inspiration takes over, she finds herself writing about events that turn out to be true history.
I read a lot of books from a ton of different genres, but I guess this list of my favorite books really says a lot about me and what I truly like.