This is a very small list of some of my most loved books. It’s a bit like Sophie’s Choice (I can be very dramatic at times!) but I decided to share five books with you that will always be with me, until I am old and grey and shouting at kids from my porch in my rocking chair.
The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
It’s very hard to type whilst holding this book grasped lovingly to my chest, but I’ll try. Tanith Lee is one of my favourite authors, and I have read and loved many of her books but this will always remain one of my most treasured possessions.
Jane lives in the sky with her Mother and leads a very controlled, pampered life. She even takes tablets to control her looks, modifying her appearance to what is recommended for her. Jane has a small group of friends chosen by her Mother, who are a very selfish, self-absorbed group of people. Jane is very much stuck in her life, and seems resigned to carry on.
All this changed when Jane meets Silver, a very life like minstrel robot created by Electronic Metals for human companionship. She falls passionately in love with Silver, and he in turn becomes more ‘human’ in loving her. Is this clever programming or is it real?
This is a beautiful, bittersweet tale of a girl finding herself and falling in love. I don’t think I have the words to describe how much in love I am with this book. It’s truly become a part of my life like a strange paper and ink friend.
Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
I was 19 years old when I first read this, and I noticed a friend was reading it and I do believe I scoffed! Yes, I scoffed and I’m ashamed to admit it. I thought I was far too clever and important to read what I then saw as smutty romances. Oh, how I laugh at my silly, silly 19 year old self – I could shake her! At my friend’s insistence I promised to give it a go and promptly read it in one sitting.
It’s a story of an ancient Highlander, Drustan who is in an enchanted sleep and is woken by Gwen in modern day Scotland and their quest to get him back home. Of course they fall in love and sexy times ensue! It’s romantic, steamy, fun and it started my paranormal romance love, a love that still burns strongly today. I’ll always be grateful to that friend and to Karen Marie Moning for my introduction into the brilliant world of Paranormal Romances.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
We all know the story of King Arthur and the roles various women played in his life. But never have we heard the story told solely from the women’s point of view.
Marion Zimmer Bradley gives us an epic legend full of love, magic, betrayal, war and death. I’ve read this so many times, and each time I find a new reason to love it. If you are an Arthurian legend nut like I am, this is a must read.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
…my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath – a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff – he’s always, always in my mind – not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself – but, as my own being…
This quote makes my heart skip a beat.
This tale of an obsessive love, so obsessive that there is no reprieve from it, entwined itself into my fourteen year old self. I may not have understood it properly at that age, but the wildness and the savageness of the relationship seemed so…so….overbearingly unbearable but compelling! Cathy and Heathcliff are unlikeable, selfish and sometimes cruel – yet, here we are over 150 years later still reading it and loving it.
Georgina Kinkaid series by Richelle Mead
I know this is cheating slightly, but this series is wonderful it’s hard to choose just one. There is only one book left to be published in this series and I’m looking forward to reading it so much. Georgina, a succubus has fallen in love with a mortal but they can never be together without her sucking out his soul. This series has made me laugh and cry, its heart breaking, bittersweet, frustrating and everything a series should be. I think Richelle Mead is brilliant, I started reading her Vampire Academy series first and really love it (Dimitri!) so I thought this series would be nowhere near as good but this has eclipsed VA for me.