Howdy Folks. Time for another round of Ten Things Thursday! Today I am going to give you a list of ten books that I love. I am a avid reader, and I have been since my parents taught me to read when I was three. These books have stuck with me long after I read them. Hopefully you will check them out, and if you have read any of them, feel free to share your opinions on them in the comments!
Here we go!
1. Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel.
Anyone who knows me knew that this book would be the first on the list. I have read every single book in this series that follows the life of a prehistoric girl named Ayla. This, the first book in the series, follows her from the time she was orphaned by an earthquake at age 5 through being found by a group of Neanderthals and raised as one of them. She is considered an "Other" due to her difference in appearance and abilities, but she is loved by the family that took her in, and hated by other members of the Clan. This book made me run the full spectrum of emotions, from joy to heart wrenching sadness. I have read them all many times, and will read them many times again.
2. Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson
3. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
5. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
6. The Body Sacred by Dianne Sylvan
I was given this book by a dear friend who thought it would help me with my *at the time* crippling body image. It was the first book I have ever read by Dianne Sylvan, and now she is one of my most favorite authors. The book is about her personal story of struggling with being a larger woman, sexual abuse, and the devastating self image she has had since then. Pagan at the time she wrote it, it combines her own personal faith with her journey of self acceptance. I do not exaggerate in the least when I say this book literally changed my life. I looked at myself in a whole new light, and it helped me to shed so much self-doubt and self-abuse over my body image and the way I imagined that others perceived me. If you struggle with body image issues, no matter what your size, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
7. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
8. The Drought by Lily White
9. 30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray
10. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
There you have it, ten books that I love! Do let me know if you have read these, and what you thought, and if you decide to read them later, come back and tell me what you thought!
Until next time!