i'm supposed to come up with fifteen books that made a difference to me.
1)Beauty by Robin McKinley; this was my first fantasy. up to this point i'd been reading the horrible sweet valley high series--okay, they probably weren't horrible, but after reading beauty i couldn't pick another one up without criinging
2)Teen Titans, Cloak and Dagger, X-men; comic books rocked my world in high school and junior high. 'nuff said.
3) Anne of Green Gables; i got my hot little mits on this one in sixth grade. i then commenced to mooning around, imagining i had consumption, and writing really bad prose
4)Sharon Oldes; poetry as meaningful, mind-blowing shit
5)The Key of Hed trilogy by Patricia McKillip
6)The Great Gatsby
7)Hemingway; i had, up to this point, emilated L.M. Montgomery in my own writing. just a bit too much for this day and age. but Hemingway taught me to be sparing. brilliant author, horrible man.
8)Beth Moore's bible studies--whoa. good stuff.
10)Sharon Shinn--oh, my gawd, i absolutely adore her
11) Laurel K. Hamilton; vampires and werewolves and witches, oh my!
12)Wen Spencer; love, love, love her work
13)SARK; utterly brilliant--i'd follow her anywhere
14)the harry potter series--can't wait to read what Rowling has up her sleeve for a next go at it
15)Nora Roberts' trilogies, i'm embaressed to report. it's just that her characters are so real. there are a couple series to skip, but she really is an exellent story-teller