That dastardly Stephanie Lawton, novelist and author of Want—YA with a dark twist—nominated me for the Booker Award. What, then, must I do?
It’s quite simple, really. And yet it’s not.
Item one. Include the Booker Award logo on my blog. Done.
Here’s the hard part. Picking my top five books of all time.
1. Pawn in Frankincense. If you like historical fiction, you need to read Dorothy Dunnett. Pawn in Frankincense is part of a series known popularly as the Lymond Chronicles, taking place in the middle of the 16th century and centering around the life and relationships of a Scottish Aristocrat, Francis Crawford of Lymond. The scope is sweeping, the plot inventions are astounding, and the prose is nothing short of beautiful (as the main character is beautiful himself). PIF is the fourth of six books and by the time you get to it and through it, you bleed with the characters.
2. Scales of Gold. Also by Dorothy Dunnett. (Do you see a pattern?) Scales of Gold is part of the House of Niccolo series, written after the Lymond series and takes place a century before. The style is more forceful, as befitting the central character, Nicklaus (or Claus or Niccolo or Nicco) VanDer Poele. The end of this book hit me like a sucker punch to the heart.
3. LOTR. I’m cheating, aren’t I? I just picked individual books in a series as my number one and number two books, but here, I’m lumping the whole series together. The reason is the way these books sparked my imagination. Tolkien invented a freaking elven language! That’s crazy stuff, right there.
4. The Catcher in the Rye. Holden’s voice. It’s so readable. When I first read it, I thought, why is this such a big deal. The guy just recorded a conversation with a teenager. Later, I realized it was all Salinger. And I realized that really great lit didn’t have to be high and mighty in its scope, just well written.
5. Mere Christianity. I debated long and hard about this selection, mostly because how much I love fiction over non-fiction. This work of Christian apologetics by C. S. Lewis has had a deep and abiding impact on me over the years so I include it here, over Lewis’ more popular Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis is both easy and eloquent in the case he makes for Christ.
So there we go. And as for @richardlouden, @katkennedy75, @annemcarpenter, @dnjowen, and @MrsNazilli, get cracking.
And @steph_lawton, thanks for the nudge.