Friday, June 17, 2011

The List

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!

1 comment:

  1. now that i have discovered that i dont have to be a blogger to comment i must list some books that have made lasting impressions on me! "A String in the Harp" (cant remember the author) and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi and "Picture of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde. Also, I think you really hit the nail on the head with your criteria for good books. The best books are ones that make me feel intensely and create and tangible world that is completely different from my own, (like string in the harp, or wildwood dancing) and/or open my eyes and change the way i think or evaluate the world: that broaden and deepen who i am (like charlotte doyle or dorian grey). And books can do that in ways that movies cant even touch.


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