I got on the boat with the Weekly Geek challenge a little late, but Weekly Geeks is basically a community building, blogging based challenge organized by Dewey on her blog The Hidden Side of a Leaf. Each Saturday, a new weekly challenge is posted, and then anyone who participates will get their blog linked with other blogs that have completed the challenge. I think it seems cool, so I’m jumping in on Week #3: writing about fond book-related memories from childhood. I’ve decided to tackle this one by just listing a few of my favorite books from when I was a kid, along with some reflections about each one of them.
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Synder: I remember being totally absorbed with this book because I loved the idea of Egypt and pretend. The book is about 11-year-olds April Hall and Melanie Ross, new neighbors that bond over their passion for ancient Egypt. Mystery and intrigue ensues.
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce: This book is the first in a series called The Song of the Lioness. The series follows Alanna of Trebond after she switches places with her twin brother Thom so she can serve as a page in the royal court. I was a big fantasy fan, and these books had the right combination of girls kicking ass, magical powers, and romance for me.
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman: I am still a Philip Pullman fan, and hold a special place in my heart for th Sally Lockhart series because they are the reason I started to love him. This book follows the adventures of 16-year-old Sally Lockhart as she tries to solve the mystery surrounding her father’s death. The rest of the series — The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess — follows Sally as she matures and has a number of other pretty sweet adventures.
Anyway, that’s a few of the favorite books I can remember from my young-adult reading years. I’m sure there are more, but I remember these most vividly. Apparently I have a thing for magic, mystery, and powerful female protagonists… who would have thought?