I will fully admit to blatantly stealing this meme from CE Murphy’s journal. I thought it was a neat idea, and it occurred to me that I might be a tiny bit busy in November. So I am writing this to you from the not-so-distant past of early October, so that you have something to read while I am beating my forehead bloody on my netbook’s keyboard trying to write a novel in 30 days.
If you’d like to snatch this meme yourself, please see the first link above for the full list of each day.
Day 01 – Your favorite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
First and foremost on my list is The Belgariad by David Eddings. Maybe there’s still a 12-year-old girl inside me somewhere, but I still enjoy these books (and I know I’m not the only one).
These are my comfort books. Whenever I get to feeling like the world is too harsh for me to handle, I retreat to these familiar words, these characters. Garion, Belgarath, Polgara and Ce’Nedra are all old friends of mine. Their story is so well-known to me that all the harsh edges have been worn away and the entire thing is like a soft, warm blanket I can wrap around myself when I’m troubled. It’s comforting to know that, even after everything these characters faced, they did prevail in the end. It makes me feel like I can win out over my own troubles, too. And I can rest easy knowing that at least I’ll never have to have a sword-duel with a god.
Other series that have ranked in my favorites section are (in no particular order):
- Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden/ Dresden Files [Buy it at B&N.]
- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern and Tower and the Hive [Buy it at B&N.]
- Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/ The Hollows [Buy it at B&N.]
- Anne Bishop’s The Black Jewels Trilogy – which is no longer a trilogy, and thus can be included in this list. [Buy it at B&N.]
- David (and Leigh) Eddings’ The Mallorean, The Elenium, and The Tamuli [Buy it at B&N.]
One of my biggest regrets is that I will never be able to meet the Eddings, and that it never occurred to me growing up to write a fan letter and let them both know how very much their stories meant to me growing up. How much they still mean to me now.
And yes, The Wheel of Time should get an honorable mention, at the very least, as everyone I care about who isn’t blood related to me I met because of that series.