The first part of the challenge was to compile a list of ten books you love. A fairly simple task, except for the part where I have to narrow it down to just ten... and also to find at least a couple of books that I haven't already rec'd to heyheyrenay thirty thousand times!
- Tam Lin by Pamela Dean -- A retelling of the ballad, set in a small, liberal arts college. I read this during college and that part of the experience rang so true for me that I'm sure that colors my reading of it. Some day I'll finish and post my annotations.
- The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay -- Adventure/romance/politics in not-quite-Moorish Spain. One of the most affecting books I have ever read.
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin -- My favorite mystery story ever.
- Bellweather by Connie Willis -- Not her best book, maybe even not my favorite of hers, but it made me laugh. A lot.
- Earth by David Brin -- It's particularly interesting to read this sci-fi book now and see the ways in which he got future developments right, and the ways in which he missed the mark at right angles.
- After All These Years by Susan Isaacs -- The first book by her I ever read and easily my favorite. Fun, clever, really enjoyable.
- Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley -- I snagged this kind of randomly at APE last year and it wound up becoming one of my favorites.
- The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint -- Unfortunately this book is not the best place to start in the Newford series, but it's one I really love. I think you could read it without having read the others in the series, though; you just wouldn't get as much out of it.
- Middlesex by -- I was not expecting a sweeping epic when I picked this book up, but I was really happy to get the one I got.
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett -- Is it wrong that I like this joint effort better than any book written individually by either of them?
Side note: whenever anyone asks me what I read, I always insist that my tastes are fairly eclectic, but well over half these titles fall neatly into "speculative fiction". I suppose I should just admit that the SF/F genre is where my reading heart truly lies.
Anyway. So there you have it, ten books I really love. Even if you aren't doing the challenge, if any of you read these and like them (or even if you don't), I'd love to hear about it!