Carole’s Ten on Tuesday challenge for today is to share our favorite book series. I'm looking forward to reviewing the blog roll for new things to read even though our new house is full of boxes of read and unread books.
My favorite book series have evolved over time. But during each part of my life, certain series grounded me and helped me become who I am. Here they are loosely in the order I read them for the first time.
1. Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Like many others, this was the first series I read. I re-read it many times. I wanted to be Laura. I grew up during the long run of Little House on the Prarie on TV. One benefit of growing up in Wisconsin was visiting the site of the Little House in the Big Woods with Nonny, my sister, and my cousin during one of our summer visits.
2. Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott. Mom read Little Women to us when I was 6 or 7. I had devoured everything by Alcott I could get my hands on by the time I was 10 or 11.
3. Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom also by Loiusa May Alcott. Rose in Bloom is my favorite book of all time. As a college student, I bought an antique book edition that I probably couldn't afford—I still regret not buying the rest of the matching Alcott set I found that day.
4. Harper Hall trilogy by Ann McCaffery. An outcast musician coming of age read when I was not one of the popular kids in middle school.
5. Dragonriders of Pern also by Ann McCaffery. The original trilogy and a few other novels, not so much everything that came after.
6. Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey. I reread this series so frequently that my paperbacks fell apart; thank goodness for Kindle.
7. Silk Trilogy by Mary Jo Putney. Historical romance with strong female lead characters and grand adventures in Central and South Asia. Putney is still one of my favorite authors, but these three books remain my favorites by her more than 20 years after they were first published.
8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I admit it. The first two books got me through a miserable stretch at my first job. I've read the later ones as they came out. I lost most of a month of weekends earlier this year re-reading the entire series.
9. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. I bought The French Chef shortly after getting my first apartment and Mastering soon after. Together, they fed my interest in cooking and helped me master classic recipes and techniques.
10. A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker. I am a knitter and sometime designer. What else is there to say.