Thursday, 13 February 2014

My Fictional World Meme

As many people will know, I am a big fan of books.  In fact, at the moment I'm trying to ration my reading time a little until I'm on top of the housework.  However, that doesn't mean I can't take some time to write about my favourite books!  That's why I'm quite happy to take part in a Book Meme started by Reading Residence  What would you answer?

What were your favourite reads from your childhood?
I always loved St Clares and the Secret Seven, but my all time favourite stories were The Chronicles of Narnia.  I can't tell you how many times I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
There are always those books that defined your teen reads and stay with you – what were yours?
I discovered SF when I was a teenager when I picked up my dad's copy of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery.  I never looked back.  Then I found David Eddings and my love of Fantasy books was rekindled.  I also learned to love Jane Austen from my mum.
Who are your favourite authors currently?
Elizabeth Moon and Jim Butcher are my absolute favourites.  I still enjoy a bit of Austen and McCaffery and have discovered Matthew Reilly thanks to my husband.
Which 3 genres do you gravitate towards most often?
SF, Fantasy and Chick Lit
Can you choose your top titles from each of those genres?
SF - Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series is brilliant (Girl's SF, my husband would say - although it's far from 'girlie' with plenty of death and mayhem)
Fantasy - Elizanth Moon's Paksenarrion series is my favourite, but Jim Butcher's Fury Series is excellent too.  Both full of power, sacrifice, honour and incredibly intricate plots.
Chick lit – Katie Fforde's Love Letters is very sweet.

And your least favourite genres?
I don't do horror at all, or what I call fake Fantasy (Vampires etc!)
Of the many, many fictional and fantastical worlds, where would you most like to visit?
I'd quite like to visit Anne McCaffrey's Pern.  I love the idea of modern dragons, fighting to protect humanity in a beautiful but hostile environment.
Everyone loves a villain, right?! Who would make your favourites list?
You know I don't think I do like any villains.
Share the books that have had you sobbing?
The book I always get a bit teary reading is called the Princess by American writer Lori Wick.  It's about a girl who agrees to an arranged marriage with a Prince who is still grieving his first wife.  Such a beautiful story about self-sacrifice and finding love when you'd given up hope.
And let’s end on a high! Which books leave a smile on your face, and maybe elicit a few laughs?!
I love Terry Prachett books.  My favourite is Snuff, which does often occasion a giggle or too while being pretty deep in  places.  Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is another one I can't resist frequent smiles while reading.

I shall tag Orli, Just Breathe and Awkward Ancestors to join in the fun!

So please share, grab the badge, tag a few more, and pop over to Reading Residence and link up so we can explore each other’s worlds.  If you don't have a blog then comment below on a couple of the questions if you like.

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  1. Jocelyn (@ihavecards)13 February 2014 at 19:21

    Do you know, I think I'll give fantasy another go after reading this. I haven't read any for years, but you've tempted me back! Thanks for sharing and joining in with #MyFictionalWorld x

  2. Hurrah! Good heroic fantasy is hard to beat in my opinion - trouble is there is a lot of rubbish out there too! Elizabeth Moon uses the traditional 'fantasy' elements (elves, dwarfs, dragons, magic) in a really strong new way. Jim Butcher's Fury books are quite mind bendingly complicated at times but very fast paced and very powerful.

  3. I think Narnia is a great series for kids and adults - I'm always amazed how much is in them when I read them again as an adult. Terry Pratchett is an amazing writer, although there are days I can't get my head around them!

  4. Orli, Just Breathe15 February 2014 at 12:13

    I knew your answers will be better than mine! Up until now I managed to hide it but now when I tell the world that most of my social references come from reading romance novels or the books you make us read for the book-club you won't be my friend anymore. ;)

  5. Is SF & Fantasy high brow now? Goodness! There's too much snobbery in the 'reading' community, I think, trying to look like we read worthy books instead of admitting that we're part of the reason romance and action are frequently bestsellers. I'm looking forward to seeing what you enjoy reading!


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