Books have shaped my life. Since the time I was a young child, they have lifted me, transported me, inspired me, forced me to think deeply, had me laughing, scowling, made me a better person. For the next few days, I will be posting the books that that made me stop along the way and marvel at their power. In the run up to the holidays, if you feel inspired to order them for yourself or a loved one, they might sprinkle some joy for other people too. Some are old, some are new. There are dozens I've loved over the years; of course this a brief sampling.
Peek back for the next few days and check out my daily book love. These are being posted in no particular order, and I have no affiliation with the authors or the publishers.
My first choice is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I first read this book when I was 16. I loved it so much I acted a portion out by candlelight for my high school English class. Since then it has not left my book shelves. Marion passed away twenty years ago, but her books will carry on and wield her magic.
The Mists of Avalon is the story of Camelot's court through the eyes of women. "From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds' and old and new religions' claims its most famous victim." - Amazon