I don't claim to be an authority on anything about books. Wait! I am an authority on "Books Lacie Loves," but even that is changing all the time.
As a young girl it was:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Little Lame Prince by Miss Mulock
As a college student it was:
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Origin by Irving Stone
As a young mother it was:
Charlotte's Web by E.B.White
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
As a not-so-young mother it was:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Now it is:
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
So what does it take for a novel to make it to the Lacie Loves List? Well...
First, it has to be intelligently written (at least for it's time period), and by that I don't mean that it includes a bunch of words I have to look up.
Second, the description has to be effective enough that it transports me to another place or time.
Third, it has to make me feel something deeply enough that I change in some positive way because I read THAT book.
Fourth is actually icing on the cake: metaphors, metaphors, enough to make me say, "wow" like I am witnessing some wonder for the first time.
I know I am asking a lot, but there are plenty of writers out there who know how to deliver. I am indebted to them for much of my perspective on life.
Since we receive most of our book recommendations from other people, whether family, friends, or librarians, it's good to keep those recommendations circulating. Tomorrow I will be adding a side bar to this blog titled Book Recommendations. If you are reading this, I would like to add your favorites to the list.
Post the title(s) in the comment section below. It's easy! And I will be so excited!