I've been thinking about it all week, and I've realized I have pretty varied interests. I've been a reader all of my life, but have gone through phases from high school, college, and on that have pulled me towards certain books and authors.
In elementary and middle school, I read a lot of mythology and realistic fiction. I loved Greek myths and books like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. In high school, I dove into science fiction and fantasy. I read books like Watership Down, The Martian Chronicles, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In college, I began reading books and authors that wrote about the African American experience. Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, Terry McMillan, Gloria Naylor, and other authors were frequent reads.
Some books, though, will always have special meaning. Here are my top ten books or series (in no particular order):
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
- Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Once and Future King by T. H. White
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley
- The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey