Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Top 10 Books From My Teen Years That I Would Love To Revisit....and probably already have
This is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where bloggers relate their "top ten" of a certain topic. This week's topic - Top 10 Book From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit. Oh yeah! Bring it on! I love this topic. I love thinking back on the books that meant so much to me as a teenager (which is the time period I selected - it was the '70's) and when I had my other blog, I did a feature occasionally that was called "Bookish Nostalgia". Each of those posts was a highlight of some author or book that I had loved at some time in my past, mostly my teen and early adult years. I was a book reading teen - a library visiting, stay up until all hours finishing one more chapter, love the summer for the endless reading, boring beyond all measure unless I was talking books teen. Here are a few of the books I loved and probably have already revisited...and I likely own a copy of these books, either on my shelves or on my Kindle. I used the covers I remember from my first experience with them:
1. Christy by Catherine Marshall - The story of a young woman, Christy Huddleston, who goes to the Appalachians to teach and find friendship, heartbreak, and love. And, of course, they made it into a TV show - which I did not watch. I had never read anything with such wonderful descriptions of a culture and a people who lived with poverty every day. I'm going to listen to it on audio at some point.
2. House of Scorpio by Pat Wallace - Such an interesting romance/sci fi/fantasy book. People are divided into their astrological signs and the whole world is built around that - where you live, what you do, what you wear, who you marry. In this book, there are 6 sisters who go on to find their 6 loves/husbands. I've never read anything else like it. This book is out of print and very, very hard to find. And, yes, I have a copy that is virtually falling apart. Wish they would release as an e-book.
3. Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow - Celia lives in Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War times and is a seamstress by trade. She is asked to become a spy for the rebels and Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Lots of intrigue and pretty good historical detail. Plus romance of course.
4. Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt - Probably the first gothic romance I ever read. I remember checking it out at my junior high school library, at the suggestion of the librarian. I was mesmerized by the descriptions of Cornwall and Favel and Roc. There was a crazy person in it, who looked like everyone else. First time I ever had goosebumps on my scalp while reading. I was hooked!
5. Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart - Another early gothic romance by another author that I loved. This one is set in Scotland - my first visit to the Hebrides (see why I like Peter May's books). It has the Isle of Skye, mountain climbing, Gianetta and Nick, and another crazy person. This is probably my favorite Mary Stewart book and that's saying something.
6. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King - This was my first King book. I picked it up from a grocery store paperback carousel while waiting for my car to be serviced. I was in college and I started reading it right away. It was also my first experience with vampires - not sparkly ones - the kind that scratched at the windows and said, "let me in...". And my roommate was out of town. I'm not sure I slept that weekend. But, I was a Stephen King fan ever after.
7. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom - I read this one in my early teens. A friend's mother gave it to her and then she gave it to me to read. It was probably my first experience reading about concentration camps. I just could not get over the fact that this was a true story. Corrie ten Boom and her family worked with the Dutch Resistance during WWII helping to hide individuals in a secret room in their house. They ended up in a concentration camp and Corrie was the only survivor of her family. Powerful stuff.
8. Penmarric by Susan Howatch - I think this book likely started my love of family sagas. Again, set in Cornwall, it tells the story of a large family, the Castellacks and their home, Penmarric. I can remember that I learned later that the characters were based on some of the royal family in English history of the 12th or 13th century. Me, I just loved that the story went on and on and on.
9. Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels - Oh my goodness - when I first read this wonderful ghost story, I was just delighted. Of course, it's a romance too in the gothic vein, but the creepiness of it was lovely. Set in Georgetown (Washington, DC area), Ruth and her niece, Sara, find that Ruth's house holds a secret from many years before. And there are ghosts of a murderer and his victims. I loved the books that author Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Mertz wrote, in all her guises. Her Michaels books are mostly a little more creepy rather than regular mysteries. This one is a doozy and made me not want to turn out the light.
10. A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich - I think I read this one perhaps even before my teens. A lovely story of Abbie McKenzie who marries Will Deal and travels with him to settle in Nebraska in a sod house. Based on the author's own family stories, much like the Little House books, but for an older reader. A wonderful prairie story.
Well, I'll stop there. I could go on and on, but I enjoyed this walk through my teen reading. So, what were your favorite books as a teenager?