I am a big fan of Jaclyn Dolamore. I find her fantasy novels compelling and hard to put down. They are very much character driven, with protagonists who are both likeable and sensible. They are individuals I want to get to know better. I’ll have a review soon for Between the Sea and Sky, so please check back for it next week.
When Jackie agreed to write up a guest post sharing her favorite books as a teen, I was delighted. If you follow the blog at all, you know how much I like to learn about authors and their influences. Without further delay, let me turn the blog over to Jackie:
My Favorite Books When I was a Teen by Jaclyn Dolamore
When I was a teen, the young adult genre was barely emerging–my library’s entire teen section was one sad little grouping of plastic cubes. Most of the books inside were 80s teen romances featuring girls with oversized sweaters. I jumped, in large part, from middle grade to big fat historical tomes, and one of my favorites was Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kaufman. It was about a girl who disguised herself as a boy to serve as a page under King Richard the Lionheart. Only…it was full of bawdy Medieval sexuality, most of which TOTALLY flew over my head at the time.
As an additional sub-genre of my historical novel obsession, I was really into Arthurian retellings. It started with The Mists of Avalon but my favorite was a trilogy by Persia Woolley because her guys were hotter. I had a big crush on Guinevere’s childhood friend Kevin because he was a sensitive bard kid with dark hair and a lame foot. I was a sucker for sensitive musicians with angst. Rereading the book as an adult it seems like Kevin hardly even does anything in the book. It’s amazing how much one’s imagination can spin out of a few lines… Kevin ultimately ran off and became a monk or something, and I was SO MAD.
I was also really into comic books and graphic novels. My favorite was Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini. (The first book is Journey to Sorrow’s End.) I was basically incapable of drawing people without elf ears for years afterward. The characters in the story were all so well-drawn (and I don’t mean just with ink) and the world building was so creative.
My favorite book from the time I first read it at age 10 was and still is Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery. This was true during my teens, too, and in fact during my late teens I also took it upon myself to read all of L. M. Montgomery’s other books after my aunt let me borrow her set of her diaries. She remains my favorite writer.
I was about sixteen when I first read Jane Eyre, a book I loved so much that when I closed it, with happy tears in my eyes, I just stared into space a moment and my mom said, "Good ending?" and I said, "YES." I’ll always remember that!
Thank you, Jackie! I enjoyed learning about your favorite books when you were a teen!
Have you enjoyed any of the books Jackie read when she was a teen? I remember Elfquest with a certain amount of fondness, and I know I’ve read a few Pamela Kaufman books.
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