Today we have a guest post from author Caitlin Greer, in which she talks about her top 10 favorite books. Thanks so much to Caitlin for taking the time to share!
Top 10 favorite books
By Caitlin Greer, author of ParaWars: Uprising
Trying to pick a favorite book is like trying to count trees in a forest. You can count, but you’ll always have the feeling you’ve missed one. Chances are good if someone else asked me, my list would be similar, but never exactly the same. But somehow, I always go back to books I read as a kid, and keep rereading. So here are 10 of my favorite books, but who knows if they’re actually the top 10…
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchet—This one’s an easy favorite, for laughs and re-readability. The end of the world has never looked so good, or been so full of laughs!
The Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones—One of the many epic fantasies I devoured as a kid, this and Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain are still my go-to reads for worldbuilding on a wide scope.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien—Do I really need to say anything? (And don’t talk to me about the movie. Peter Jackson should burn in hell.) (Except the part where they cast Richard Armitage as Thorin, because that’s pure brilliance.)
Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams—Tad Williams is one of my favorite authors, because he dreams big and never disappoints me. Tailchaser’s Song was the first animal-protagonist book that I really loved, and it’s one of those I’ve never forgotten. I love to dig it out and reread it, just for the sense of nostalgia it gives me. This one, and Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce.
Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffery—I love all the Pern books, especially the early ones, but Dragonsdawn is the first book I remember bringing me to tears because of a character’s death, and it left a huge impression on me. Also, the story of a space-traveling society being dropped back into basically Middle Ages tech is always awesome.
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede—Another childhood favorite, the entire Enchanted Forest series is one I’ll read again and again. It’s just so much fun.
The Little Princess by L.M. Montgomery—It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s perfect.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle—Really, I don’t think I have to explain this one. Seriously, if you haven’t read it, go find a copy.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper—I’m still a little in love with this series, even though it came out decades ago. The Aurthurian legend has never been told so well. I still have the poems memorized, and my copies are beaten and tattered from being read so many times. I even have a nod to it in ParaWars: Uprising.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley—This one will always, always, be on my favorite books list. I still wish I could be Harimad-Sol, or the next girl to wield Gonturan. Some dreams never die.
Cait writes YA and NA stories that range from sci-fi and fantasy (because she loves making worlds and things up), to contemporary (because she kind of sort of fell into it and discovered she’s not half bad). Her best friends growing up were the combined works of Robin McKinley, Madeline L'Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, and too many others to mention.
She drives a Jeep, loves the outdoors, takes pictures of everything she can, and writes obsessively. A martial artist and a former teacher, Cait is owned by two cats who started out incredibly small, and are now incredibly huge.
She currently live in Utah, but Virginia will always be home.
And a synopsis of her book, Parawars: Uprising:
The Paranormal Uprising brought myth and legend out of the shadows and into real life. The war that followed tore the world apart. Two years after the Uprising, twenty-year-old Kendry is learning the hard way that the battle lines aren’t as clear-cut as human versus para. And the hard way means being hunted down by both human militants and para separatists. Trouble is, she has no idea why.
On the run with only her mysterious gargoyle guardian, Kendry knows that finding out why she’s on everyone’s most-wanted list will be no easy task. It means charging headlong into a war she’d hoped to avoid, and is woefully unprepared for. So when she realizes that everyone in her life has been lying to her, discovering that she’s somehow the key to ending the war is the last thing she needs. With both sides tearing up the world to find her, it’s decision time for Kendry—keep running, or stand up and fight.
Read more about the book on Goodreads: ParaWars: Uprising Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18283667-parawars
And Twitter: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cait_GreerBuy it here: ParaWars: Uprising