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04 October 2014 @ 11:10 pm
Book Meme  
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The rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends.

(I won't tag anyone, but feel free to do this if you're so inclined!)

1) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I read this as a teenager and was completely swept up in the romantic classic. Heathcliff and Cathy . . . just thinking of them roaming the moors in their youth makes me want to read it again right now.

2) The Bastard by John Jakes - (The first of 8 books that comprise The Kent Family Chronicles) When the illegitimate son of an English nobleman is denied his heritage, he's forced to flee to the new colonies and soon finds himself among the ranks of those fighting for American independence. Jakes is a master of historical fiction, weaving this family saga around the origins of our country beautifully. I consistently RAN to the bookstore to purchase the next in the series upon reading the last line of the previous book. (pre Amazon.com days)

3) Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell - The man we know as the author of the third gospel of the New Testament, St. Luke, was a humble doctor in the first century A.D. An extraordinary read, the book is a biography of his life and includes his years-long search to discover who Christ was by seeking out the people who knew Him. (Inadequate summary is INADEQUATE - doesn't even begin to do justice to this breathtaking novel.)

4) The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Celie's letters tell the story of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused by her father and continuing through her marriage to a brutal man who isn't any better. Walker's prose is beautiful and touching.

5) Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice - A San Francisco reporter interviews 200-year-old vampire Louis, who was 'turned' by Lestat in 1791 New Orleans. Plagued with guilt at having to kill to survive, Louis is a likable character, forming a deep bond with the child Lestat turns into a daughter for himself and Louis. I read the first 4 sequels to this book (out of 10), discontinuing the series when it strayed too far from the original characters.

6) Balanchine, a Biography by Bernard Taper - One of many, many biographies and autobiographies I've read over the years. Engrossing account of the famed choreographer's life and tangled ends that resulted after his death.

7) Dancing on my Grave by Gelsey Kirkland - Dancers' lives in general fascinate me, but this one . . . OMG! A product of Balanchine's School of American Ballet, Kirkland was taken into the company (NYCB) at a young age and quickly rose to stardom, only to descend into a drug-crazed nightmare fueled in part by a classmate of mine who attended the National Academy of Dance with me in Champaign, Illinois in the early 70's. Needless to say, I couldn't put this book down.

8) Six Wives: Queens of Henry the VIII by David Starkey - The line of succession to the British throne greatly interested me (still does), and I spent a good 10 years devouring books on the kings and queens of England and their offspring. The sheer lunacy of Henry Tudor had me yelling at him through the pages of time much the same way I yelled at my TV screen when Brian didn't buy the roses.

9) Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard - The 5 daughters of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married off into various royal houses of Europe in their father's attempt to 'create world peace by kinship.' A lofty dream, but in reality some of them introduced hemophilia into their new families and helplessly watched World War 1 break out.

10) Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - A journalist for adventure magazine OUTSIDE, Krakauer was part of the 1996 disaster on Mt. Everest when 8 climbers died and several others were stranded by a snowstorm in their bid for the summit.
JonDHthespian15 on October 5th, 2014 07:59 am (UTC)
Do I dare say I didn't care for Wuthering Heights? Nobody was overly likeable by the end. :o

Victoria's Daughters sounds really good.
I too am very interested in the British Royal family. :) I have always said I think I was part of the Court in a previous life if they exist. :)
Hugs, Jon
later2nite: worth readinglater2nite on October 5th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
I hear you about Wuthering Heights - definitely some flawed characters going on in there! But I kept longing for Heathcliff and Cathy to find their way back to each other.

Oooh - we'll start referring to you as Lord Jon, in reference to your past court life. LOL Victoria's Daughters is intriguing if you're interested in the British royal family. Simply amazing how Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren infiltrated most of the royal houses of Europe. Most notorious, I think, is Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. He was Victoria's eldest daughter's son.

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JonDHthespian15 on October 5th, 2014 08:21 am (UTC)
I will have to look for that book. :)
guavejuiceguavejuice on October 5th, 2014 09:32 am (UTC)
What an interesting beautiful list my dear Linda. Thank you SO much for sharing. I have quite a collection of Ballet related books (as you pbbly know ) but I don't think I've read any Ballet related bio's. I'll def look into it. Haven't read the Color Purple but watched the movie which I really loved.
Thank you SO much for sharing
And BTW- I LOVE everything to do with British Royal family and history. Have you read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory? If not I think you should. Plus there's a Beutifull BBC series that's based on this book which I think you'd love as well.

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later2nite: worth readinglater2nite on October 6th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
I haven't seen or read The White Queen, but I think it's about Elizabeth Woodville - queen of Edward IV? Is that right? She was a huge figure in the War of the Roses?

I'm trying to remember because I haven't read anything on the English monarchy since I discovered QAF in 2007. LOL B and J have taken over my brain!

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guavejuice: 510reunionkissguavejuice on October 6th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
I haven't read anything on the English monarchy since I discovered QAF in 2007.
OMG, you have no idea how glad I am to I'm not the only one, my dear Linda ;) QaF and the boys are so addictive, right?
And yes, it is about Elizabeth Woodville. Also there's a second book in the series titled The red Queen which centers around Margaret Beaufort who became the mother of King Henry Tudor.

Edited at 2014-10-06 03:27 am (UTC)
techgirl_on_ijtechgirl_on_ij on October 5th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
First of all, I love the picture on the top of this post! I want to live in that room.

Very interesting list! I haven't read any of them but so many looks like something I would enjoy.
later2nite: worth readinglater2nite on October 6th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
I love that room full of books, too! Does it remind you of work every day? LOL

I had a hard time narrowing my list to only 10 books.


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gaeln: icon interest_books short stackgaeln on October 9th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
What an interesting mix of fiction and nonfiction, a girl after my own heart as most people I know read mostly fiction :) Thanks for all the possibly good reads, especially the bios!
later2nite: worth readinglater2nite on October 9th, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)
You're so welcome! Yeah, I veered away from fiction pretty early on and got hooked on true stories, biographies, and autobiographies.

BTW, I still need to finish the book you recced to me by Stephen King awhile back, On Writing. It's really interesting. I just need to find the time to get back to it.
gaeln: icon interest_books short stackgaeln on October 9th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
'BTW, I still need to finish the book you recced to me by Stephen King awhile back, On Writing. It's really interesting. I just need to find the time to get back to it.'

I'm glad you're finding the book interesting. I hope it stays that way to the end. Let me know.
Lynspike7451 on October 10th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
So many wonderful lists, including yours, are coming to light with this meme. There a three there I haven't read and have added them to my HUGE "to read" list. :)
later2nite: worth readinglater2nite on October 10th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying reading everyone's list, too. My 'to read' is pretty extensive also - probably won't live long enough to get to all of them! LOL
Lynspike7451 on October 11th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
I think I'll need to live to be 200 if I'm to get through mine. lol.
Alexiel: eeeee? - gactshinya_diey on October 14th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
Some of them sounds interesting, I've even read two of them ^^
Damn, I miss reading, especially considering the amount of books I read when I was a kid. Somehow having a job and working long hours makes you to tired/lazy to read that much...
later2nite: worth readinglater2nite on October 14th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
Completely agree - having to go to work each day cuts into my reading time.

Of course, my reading time truthfully got taken over by the time I now spend on QAF and Randy and Gale. ♥