Kersten Hamilton is the author of In the Forests of the Night, the second book in her Goblin Wars series. I enjoyed Tyger Tyger, so I was delighted to be able to ask Kersten about books she loved from her past. Check out what books made an impression on her and helped to shape her writing today. After Kersten’s post, check out the giveaway for a hardcover copy of In the Forests of the Night!
Hi, Julie! Thank you for having me on your blog today! Let’s see, books I would have recommended…I have always gravitated toward strange, eclectic and archaic reads.
Age 5: Where the Wild Things. I love, love, loved that book! My parent’s weren’t so fond of it, though. Perhaps they thought I was a little too wild myself. Muggins Mouse goes to the Moon, The Color Kittens, and The Jungle Book.
Age 11: Where the Red Fern Grow, Savage Sam, Old Yeller, My Side of the Mountain, Down the Long Hills, Never Cry Wolf, Podkayne of Mars, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, Tunnel in the Sky, The Star Beast, Storm Over Warlock the Witchworld series and the Time Travelers series, The Dragon Riders of Pern. That was the year I read every single animal story and adventure story in the library…and most of the science fiction.
Age 16: The classics. All kinds, from social commentary to swashbucklers: Pride and Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Scaramouche, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Scarlet Pimpernel, (for some reason, I loved stories of the French Revolution) Les Misérables, and Captain Blood.
Age 20: Historical fiction, mysteries and comedy. The Brother Cadfael mysteries, the Amelia Peabody mysteries, Wooster and Jeeves, and plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Much Ado About Nothing.
Happy reading, everybody!
Thanks, Kersten! I loved the Pern books, Where the Red Fern Grows, and the Amelia Peabody books, too!
Now you can win a copy of In the Forests of the Night! All you have to do is leave a comment with the name of a book that you would recommend to another reader, and fill out the form so I have a way to contact the winner. The contest ends on December 22. Open Internationally. You must be 13 to enter.