Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Introductions


It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week, hosted by the Estella Society! What a neat idea to spread some positivity and joy in the book blogging community.

Polly, Tom, and Laurel from Fire and Hemlock – found at Deviant Art

The first of five daily topics is: Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.

Here goes — it’s hard to narrow it down to five though!

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones – for its brilliant intertwining of myth with modern life, along with music and books and art…what more could you want?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – because it was the book that hooked me on classics.

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean – because if you read it you’ll learn all about where I went to college (in an alternate universe).

The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies – because Davies is a wizard of fiction, and I’ve learned so much from him.

Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker – because it showed me I didn’t always have to follow the pattern.


What’s on your list? Do tell!

52 thoughts on “Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Introductions

    1. Isn’t he? I hardly ever see anything about him in the blogging world. I’m always telling people to read him, though, so maybe someday I’ll see some results.


    1. Books definitely strike me in different ways at different times of my life; that’s why rereading is so fascinating to me. Davies is definitely worth a look, if you haven’t encountered him. Thanks for visiting!


  1. Oh! Glad to see Fire and Hemlock on your list–I’ve only read Howl’s Moving Castle, but next month another blogger is hosting a DWJ/Terry Pratchett reading event and I’ve been curious about another DWJ to read.

    And love your reasoning for adding Knitting from the Top. Great life lesson!


  2. I love Jane Eyre but I haven’t read anything else on your list. I’m going to have to add DWJ to my TBR list because she keeps coming up! I love your header too!


  3. I loved Jane Eyre when I was 12 and when I was 18 and I really need to read it again. Have your heard about the new book The Madwoman Upstairs? Might be interesting to you.


    1. That does sound interesting, thanks! I just read Nelly Dean, which is a retelling of Wuthering Heights from a servant’s point of view, and I really enjoyed it (with some reservations — review to come).


  4. You’re the second one I’ve seen so far with Fire and Hemlock…I’ve never heard of it before today, but sounds like that has to change! Great list. πŸ™‚


    1. I couldn’t say it’s a book for absolutely everybody — you need to at least have a tolerance for fantasy fiction, but in that category it’s brilliant.


  5. This is the second time I am coming across Fire and Hemlock. I just wishlisted it and now I should probably bump it up. I need to check that knitting book as well – I am new to knitting (2 years) but haven’t had much time lately.


    1. All of Barbara Walker’s books are terrific when you are learning to knit. Make sure to try to find the ones with vintage photos — the pictures of her knitted pantsuits and such are priceless!


  6. Jane Eyre! I almost put that on my list. It’s my favorite classic. I re-read it this past year while my husband read it for the first time. I’m happy to say he liked it too. I haven’t read the other titles on your list, but they all sound good! Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog!


  7. Jane Eyre was my first classic too. My mom did a great job of handing me the right books when I was ready to move on from kid reads! And, of course, I heartily approve of F&H being on your list. πŸ™‚ And, again, thank you for the Aiken recommendations. They’re going on my TBR!


    1. You’re welcome! I thought of a couple more, Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, and Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton. (Well, the Goodreads “also enjoyed” panel helped me out there, but I have read them both and they are excellent.)


  8. My guilty confession is that I’ve never read Jane Eyre. I have read all of Robertson Davies’ novels, though, I believe, and should read them again! I will have to look up Tam Lin, and I can’t believe that so many people are mentioning DWJ! I am seriously underread in that regard!


    1. I don’t know why she never quite made the big time, but she has a seriously rabid fan base, of which quite a few seem to be participating in this event.


    1. It is an intriguing combination — based on an intriguing picture, as you’ll learn quite soon if you do pick up the book. The fan art was a neat find too.


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