Posting is down and dirty this week as I put the finishing touches on my online classes.
*Edited because apparently someone who has no grasp of the English language wrote this last evening.*
This week’s top 10 from over at The Broke and the Bookish is “Top Ten ‘Older’ Books Bridget Doesn’t Want People to Forget About.” Which, of course lead me into a chorus of Simple Minds’ (Don’t You) Forget About Me and then a deep need to watch The Breakfast Club, but we are talking about books. I decided to focus on fantasy as a genre since it is so popular especially in YA these days.
1. A Wrinkle in Time was a favorite of mine and the first time I ever encountered a heroine who was not necessarily beautiful and lovable.
2. I wonder how many children had these stories read to them. When I read Alice to my daughter’s class last year one girl asked why the book was so different from the movie since the movie came first. Sigh.
3. Another fantasy which everyone who loves fantasy must read. And for me, a story full of witches and wizard and oceans results in love.
4. Fairy Tales and not Disney tales. I love the fairy stories of Grimm and Andersen and Andrew Lang is a personal hero. But prettied up, disneyfied fairy tales are not what makes my heart skip a beat. The punishments of the original stories have been left behind and happily ever after includes everyone now.
5. The Dark is Rising is a story which even I put off reading until my own children were old enough to read it too. It was only on the recommendation of someone whose opinion I value so highly I can’t ignore it, that I read this. Now I must tell you to read it. And please don’t let the movie be your only memory of this story.