A Valentine’s Day freebie for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish. I could have done romantic interests I did like, but that wouldn’t have given me a chance to complain as much! And so my topic is:
Romantic interests I wasn’t actually interested in.
As always, I’m sticking to the SFF universe… and my Top Ten Tuesday is turning into a top 5 due to time restraints.
It’s Top Ten Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish, and today’s theme is favourite quotes from literature. I have to admit that the prospect of choosing my favourite ten quotes – ever – in all of literature overwhelmed me, and so I decided to take my top ten in a different direction.
It’s safe to say that Ursula K. Le Guin has been the best thing to happen to me since I started reading more women SFF authors. She uses words thoughtfully, gracefully, and provocatively, and is a badass old lady who says what she thinks. So I decided to narrow down my top ten list to just her (and honestly, even doing that was exceptionally difficult). So here it is my version of today’s Top Ten: ten things written or said by Ursula K. Le Guin, storyteller extraordinaire and my favourite person ever.
Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede. Cimorene, the princess who fenced and conjugated Latin verbs and cooked cherries jubilee for dragons, was absolutely my hero as a child.
The Story Box, Monica Hughes. This was an early childhood read for me and so I remember very, very little about this book… but I do recall how much I loved and identified with the protagonist, a girl who loved stories and had the same name as me (Jennifer).
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer. I read this book so many times that I could actually recite the first chapter from memory for the longest time. “Ho Chi Minh city in the summer. Sweltering by anyone’s standards…”
Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery. What young girl didn’t idolize Anne Shirley? It think that the romantic picture of maritime Canada these books painted for me in my formative years is part of why I decided to move there when I was 18 – so they actually had a pretty profound impact on my life.
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster. I remember a talking dodecahedron and a lot of other delightfully whimsical things.
The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander. Will Fflewddur Fflam’s snapping harp strings still be as utterly hilarious as I thought they were back then?
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle. This book really, really begs a reread, given how wonderful Meg Murry is and how little I was when I read it.
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Childhood Jenn wept great tears of over the plight of kind, imaginative, and generous Sara Crewe. I have never reread it as an adult, though, partly because I have a deep-seated fear that I will discover that it’s actually a bit racist and/or classist.
Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder. I devoured every one of these books.
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman. My recollections of His Dark Materials are coloured by the fact I didn’t like the introduction of a new male protagonist when I loved Lyra so much… and I was super annoyed by their eventual romance. I was, like, twelve. I didn’t want to read about that crap. But I think it deserves a second chance from older-and-wiser Jenn… I remember how thrilled I was when I first started the books to be reading a fantasy novel about someone just like me (a little girl).
And regarding a conspicuous absence: Harry Potter is not on this list, because this is about books from childhood you’d like to revisit…. and realistically I can’t revisit Harry Potter because I haven’t stopped reading it for the last 17 years.
What childhood books would you like to revisit?
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