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"When I get a little money, I buy books.  And if there is any left over, I buy food and clothes."

— Desiderius Erasmus (1469—1536)
Dutch Renaissance Scholar & Theologian*




FAVORITE FICTION & NON-FICTION
chronological by copyright date (of the first book in the case of series)

1880

  Jack and Jill: A Village Story, by Louisa May Alcott

 

1908

  Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery

 

1936

  Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier

 
1937   Jane of Lantern Hill, by L. M. Montgomery

 

1951

  The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
   
This is the story of a convalescent police detective's investigation of Richard III and the disappearance of his two nephews from the Tower in London, and it's one of my favorite books.

Regardless of whether you believe Richard murdered his nephews or not, this story of a temporary invalid's desire for something, anything to take his mind away from the hospital room is simply good reading.

 

1958

  The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

 

1960

  Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell

 

1961

  The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

 

1960

  A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle

 

1978

  Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast, by Robin McKinley

 

1981

  The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley

 

1982

  The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

 

1983

 

On A Pale Horse, by Piers Anthony

 

 
This is Book One of Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which continues with:
  • Bearing An Hourglass (Book Two, 1984)
  • With A Tangled Skein (Book Three, 1985)
  • Wielding A Red Sword (Book Four, 1986)
  • Being A Green Mother (Book Five, 1987)
  • For Love Of Evil (Book Six, 1988)
  • And Eternity (Book Seven, 1990).

 

1983

  Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L'Engle

 
1987   Jack, the Giant Killer, by Charles de Lint

 

 
This book (part of The Fairy Tale Series, created by Terri Windling) was my first introduction to the writing of Charles de Lint. It's now available as part of Jack of Kinrowan (first published by Tor in 1995, reissued in 1999 by Orb), which also includes a sequel to Jack, the Giant Killer titled Drink Down the Moon (first published by Ace in 1990).

 

1989

 

New Moon, by Midori Snyder

 

 
The first book in Snyder's Queens' Quarter Trilogy, which continues with Sadar's Keep (1991) and Beldan's Fire (1993).
 

 

1991

 

Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean

 

 


Another book in The Fairy Tale Series, created by Terri Windling, Tam Lin is a retelling of the Scottish ballad of the same name, set on a Minnesota college campus in the early 1970s.

This book was actually the reason I discovered some of the other books on this list — the main character, Janet, is a reader and I liked her enough to become currious about what she liked to read. Click here for some excerpts showing her taste in reading.

Other books on the list which I read because of Tam Lin are:

  • The Lady's not for Burning: A Comedy, by Christopher Fry (1950)
  • The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey (1951)

 

1991

  Conversations with a Clown, by Michael Welzenbach

 

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