(This is a repost from my other blog. It was originally posted in August 2013, so not all of my current favorites are listed.)
My tastes in books have changed over the last few decades, moving away from an almost strictly fantasy/sci-fi bent towards something more diverse (non-fiction, primarily…I love history, but I also have a soft spot for manga/graphic novels).
The book that started it all was Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. My book-loving, librarian of a mother was distraught that I screamed and threw tantrums when she took me to our local library. For whatever reason, she settled on the above book as a possible gateway drug and handed it to me when I was around nine years old. I was hooked from the moment I finished the first chapter and have been reading voraciously ever since.
Some of the books span one or more the categories as I’ve defined them. There are still books I jump into more than two decades after I first read them. I’ve read every book listed here more than once. Some so many times that I’ve lost count.
Favorites in Childhood (elementary-middle school)
This category is huge. I had a pool of between 100-200 books that I regularly read over and over and over….
Favorites as a teenager (middle school-high school)
Pretty much all of these books are the first books of a series/trilogy. With the exception of Crystal Singer and Killashandra, I’ve only listed the first book.