I'm a big reader and Carole's prompt today is a great one: 10 Books That Made ME Want to Drop Everything and Read.
1. Little Women. I was very young the first time I read this and remember not knowing what era this was set in or even where in the world this was set. As a girl growing up without a father, it made me feel less of an outsider (of course Mr. March comes back, blah blah, but whatever).
2. I Capture the Castle. I was in High school when I found this in my high school library and have probably read it every year ever since. Again, I had no idea what era this took place in but I did know it was England. Again, a girl with an absent father who Managed OK. This book might have started by life long anglophilia.
3. Harry Potter (we'll put all of them under one number). Such wonderful escapism. And boy with absent parents who Managed OK. I like #4 the best--which is your favorite?
4. State of Wonder. I know this is a highly controversial choice since many of us just want to slap the narrator in the face for much of it. But of course it has to go on the list since girl with absent father etcetera.
5. E, The E Before Christmas, and E2 by Matt Beaumont. A very funny group of books set in a London ad agency (anglophile) and it is all done in emails/memos etcetera. He knows his territory.
6. Brideshead Revisited. I can't recall if I read the book before I saw the BBC version but it doesn't matter--simply one of the most beautiful and evocative books ever written. Et in arcadio ego.
7. The "Discovery of Witches" series--this is one of the series heralded as the 'next Harry Potter' and the premise sounds goofy: what happens when a witch and a vampire fall in love? But there's academia and science and history and challenges and a girl with an absent father who runs into him in Shakespearean England and I really like them!
8. The Thirteenth Tale. Such a good and evocative mystery.
9. Anything by Elinor Lipman. She writes light novels with great characters (strong women) that I can read over and over and over.
10. The Dive from Claussen's Pier. I haven't read this in a while but I want to go read it again now.
I'm eager to read everyone else's and get some good reading ideas!