I have been challenged by few of my friends on Facebook to name 10 books that changed or influenced my life. However, I have so many books, stories and series that changed or influenced my life that I cannot possibly only name 10. Therefore, below is my attempt to limit this list to only the top books, stories or series that changed or influenced me throughout my life so far!
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
This was actually one of my Mom’s favorites. It influenced her so much that she made a gift of this book to me as an adult. My Mom told me, when she gave me that gift, it was to remind me that there is always a silver lining no matter how dire things are. Now that she has passed away, this story is even more precious to me and will continue to remind me of her for years to come.
Poky Little Puppy A Little Golden Book
This was a favorite story when I was in elementary school. I am not sure how it changed or influenced me, but I read and re-read this book so much that I wore the binding out and pages fell out of the book.
Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene
I was first introduced to these stories in elementary school, by the school librarian. The first story of the series I read was The Hidden Staircase. These were first set of stories that I became obsessed with and just had to read!
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I first read an excerpt of this story in Middle School as part of an overall reading assignment in the textbook. However, it was the scene where Mr. Collins proposed to Elizabeth and her response to that proposal. The character of Elizabeth was just so powerful in that short scene that I just had to find out more about her and her life. It influenced me to seek out the novel and of course all of the other iterations and adaptations.
Once and Always by Judith McNaught
This is my very first adult historical romance novel. The story, characters and the steamy romance scenes really caught my attention. For a long time, this is the historical romance story I used to measure all the other stories I read in the same genre!
LONG, TALL TEXANS SERIES by Diana Palmer
This series has been a part of my life since 1988 and I mentioned that this was one of my favorite series before. I bought the first story in the series, Calhoun, with money that I earned working part time at a local Kmart store. I was so proud that I was able to not only read such an amazing story with great characters, but that I was able to buy it new with my own money!
Mallory-Anderson Series by Johnanna Lindsey
This is another series that I have mentioned before and has been a part of my life for over 25 years. The first story in the series, Love Only Once, introduced my favorite male character, James Mallory, and I was NEVER the same since.
Legacy by Jayne Ann Krentz
This is the first story that I found by one of my favorite authors, Jayne Anne Krentz. I found this at a used book store one Saturday afternoon. The book was so good that I went to find all her previous books. In addition, because all the other books were just as good as the first, Jayne Ann Krentz became a must read and buy author from that time on.
Flirting With Trouble by Cathie Linz
This is my first signed book by the author! I met the author through an online Bulletin Board while I was in College. The members of the Bulletin Board decided to have a meet up in Cathie’s home town. Not only did I get to meet this amazing author and have this book signed, but it found a life long friend as well.
A Night In the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
This story is one that my husband and I re-listen to every year during the month of October for Halloween. Each time we listen to it, it feels like brand new all over again. In addition, we have the rare audio version of this story narrated by the author himself!
And, but definitely not least…
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
I have mentioned this series before. Every single story in the Vorkosigan Saga constantly changes and influences me, even in small ways. However, if I had to choose one book from this amazing series to list it would be Shards of Honor!
Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – October
Today, I will highlight some interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of October for the following fandoms:
October 18, 1985: Nintendo NES first released in New York and select North American markets.
October 31, 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first collection of stories by Arthur Conan Doyle was published.
October 28, 1997: First volume of the manga Electric Tale of Pikachu was published in Japan.
October 30, 2012: Disney and Lucasfilm announce
…new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.
Topic: Recent Adventure: Castle TV The Beginning
My husband and I have started to watch the season one box set of Castle on DVD. Over the last couple of days, we have watched first three episodes of season one. We are not ready to give a full review, but we have discussed who our favorite characters are so far.
We both like many of the characters on the show including the Detective Kate Beckett and those that work with her like, the medical examiner, the other detectives and the police chief. We like these recurring characters and their interaction with the main title character, Richard Castle. We have observed that many of the recurring character have some great dialog and scenes throughout these episodes.
My favorite Richard Castle quote so far…
From Episode 1.2: Nanny McDead
My husband, on the other hand, likes the character of his daughter, Alexis Castle.
My husband’s favorite Alexis quote so far…
From Episode 1.1: Flowers For Your Grave
So who are you favorite Castle characters from the beginning of season one?
Topic: Recent & Upcoming Adventures: Castle TV Series
I recently started watching the TV series Castle on TNT. I was not familiar with the Castle TV Series until I was introduced to it through a TNT marathon, while in a hospital waiting room, and I was immediately hooked.
I missed watching these episodes when they first aired on ABC. In addition, I have never read the novels that inspired this series. I believe it is the characters, especially Richard Castle, who usually gives snarky and geeky comments during the episodes I saw, that helped me jump right this series. Also, it does not hurt that Richard Castle is played by Nathan Fillion, who starred in another famous fandom, Firefly. Therefore, I am looking forward to watching all of these syndicated episodes and hope to watch season 5 as soon as I catch up!
Update: I bought the DVD sets of the first and second seasons of Castle at BestBuy. I just started watching the first two episodes with my husband this evening. Therefore, I will be posting our observations of this series as we watch these episodes in order soon!
So are you watching Castle? Did you start from season 1 or, like me, you were not introduced to it until much later and then started watching them in order? If so, what drew you to the series?