I’m blushing because I have just been nominated for a couple of awards, one I’ll acknowledge today, the other one tomorrow.
I want to thank Storyteller In The Digital Age for passing along The Booker Award. Her blog revolves around writing and books, so you really should go see what she’s been doing.
The Booker Award is awarded to those blogs that talk about books & writing and, although I started out talking about MY books & writing, I have listed many other YA books and recently started my Sunday Interview series that often features other writers and their books/writing.
The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
1) Give thanks to the person who gave it to you (check!)
2) List 5 of your all-time favourite books
3) Pass the love onto 5-10 other deserving Bookworms
Okay, so my top 5 books of all time…. It’s so hard to choose only 5 but I’ll try. I might cheat a little and mention series of books and their authors. Let’s see…
1) Shogun by James Clavell has to be #1 on my list, followed closely by all his sequels. It is an excellent series if you like history and anything Japanese. I actually loved Shogun so much, I researched its history for a Literature assignment in college. My paperback copy has been read so many times, it’s falling apart, so I ended up getting a hard cover version! The TV series based on the book with Richard Chamberlain is also one of my favourite series-based-on-a-book. The story itself is about the first Englishman to set foot on Japanese soil and how he is taken into the household of the ‘Shogun’ (Japanese overlord in service to the Emperor) He has one year to learn and speak Japanese and is taught by the very beautiful Mariko. Actually, she teaches him much more than the language!
2) Far Pavilions (Volumes 1 & 2) by M. M. Kaye is second on my list for pretty much the same reasons as I loved Shogun, except it was set in India. The story follows the exploits of a young Englishman raised as a Hindu, who rescues an Indian princess after her husband dies. It is tradition for the wife to be placed on his funeral pyre to die in the fire. The two must flee to avoid retaliation by the husband’s family. Both Clavell and Kaye describe the countries in which their stories are set with such vibrance one can imagine themselves living the adventure of those tumultuous times.
3) Powers That Be series by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough is a favourite SciFi series of mine. I picked it up at World Con when it came to Winnipeg in 1995, never having heard of Anne McCaffrey before. She is most famous for her Dragon Riders of Pern series, which I have yet to read. I was impressed by her writing presence at a writers panel and picked up Powers because it was one of her newest books. The story is basically about the troubles that befall a group of people who try to exploit the resources on the planet Petaybe. The planet becomes terribly unstable each time they drill into it. The people who live near the mining camp are appalled at what the miners are doing to their homeland and try to stop them. One of the mining crew begins to realize the exact cost of trying to take by force what is essentially the planet’s ‘heart’ and learns the secret of Petaybe’s people.
4) Hoot To Kill and all subsequent Robin Devarra mysteries written by Karen Dudley are definitely favourites of mine. I was completely enamored of Karen’s work when I attended her first book signing where a conservation officer stood beside her with a snowy owl on her arm as Karen read from her book. Not only that, Karen has a delightful sense of humour that exudes from her character, as well. Hoot To Kill is about a conservation officer who is sent to a logging camp in the old-growth forests of British Columbia to survey for an endangered species of spotted owls. If she finds any, it will mean shutting down the logging operation in the area. While she’s rummaging through the undergrowth, she stumbles upon a body and is drawn into the search for his killer. Karen is a local writer whose past includes field biology studies and archeaology, among many other things, so she is able to put her knowledge into all her bird-named mysteries (Ptarmigeddon, Macaws of Death and Red Heron)
5) Dune and all its sequels by Frank Herbert are favourites, too. While Dune is a little slow to get into, Herbert has created such a unique world and its influence on the people who reside there. When Paul Atreides is tested by the Reverend Mother of the Bene Gesserat it is believed he is the one who will change the balance of power in the universe. An attempt is made on his life when Paul arrives on the planet Arrakis with his Bene Gesserat mother and his father, head of the Atreides family legacy. The Harkonnens want what House Atreides has and will stop at nothing to get it, but they do not take into account what the people of Arrakis want and the changes Paul will make to the planet itself.
Now to share this award. Although there are many to choose from, I will limit it to only 5, for time’s sake.
At Ramblings you will find a lot of advice about writing, thoughts on her writing experience, and almost always includes a great quote by famous authors.
At easyondeyes you will find a ton of book reviews. These two girls are avid readers and are so wonderful about sharing their thoughts on every book they read.
J. Keller Ford is a writer of YA and is more than happy to share her thoughts on YA fiction and support writers in the field. She is currently featuring 9 YA authors (including me) so you really should check out her YA Blog Takeover during the next week or so.
At My First Book, Misha also features other writers and their books, as well as providing information about the basics of writing a novel and what it involves, such as Inspiration, Character Development, Plot, etc.
As you can tell by the title, Writing Is Hard Work is about the process of writing. He discusses a lot of what goes into good writing and refers to others work for examples.
Well, that took a lot longer than I expected. In order to accept my next award, I have some more thinking to do, like think of 11 things that you might not already know about me!
Have a great day, everyone, and if you know of any blogs that are deserving of the Booker Award that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to leave their addresses in the Comments section. 🙂