Top Ten (I mean…Eight) Books that Stuck with Me
I was asked to write about my top ten favorite books of all time, but I’m going to change it up a bit. My kids are always asking me, “What’s your favorite movie, favorite song, favorite TV show, etc.,” and I hate the pressure of having to pick “a favorite” because my brain doesn’t seem to work that way. So instead I’m picking books that have stuck with me, books that I still remember even if it’s been years since I read them. It’s an eclectic list (and in no particular order) and I stopped at my top eight (because I was getting long-winded):
· Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen): I love that fact that after 200 years, this book is still a page-turner. The romance still sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page.
· The Help (Kathryn Stockett): I stayed up until 2 am finishing this book. I was so invested in the characters. It addressed a period in American history through the eyes of an amazing, diverse and fascinating group of women.
· Outlander (Diana Gabaldon): I read this book when it originally came out and the idea of “time-slip” was new to me. The love story between Claire and Jamie was not typical – a married heroine involved with a sexy, younger Scotsman. I was so excited when this book finally made it to TV! I am now obsessed with the show.
· Harry Potter (the series by J.K. Rowling): The first book came out when I was in my late 20s, and it introduced me to the idea that, as an adult, I could still get lost in a world created for children. I’d never been a big reader of fantasy or science fiction, but I loved J.K. Rowling’s world building.
· Twilight (the series by Stephenie Meyer): Admitting you liked Twilight has somehow become the equivalent of admitting you have a criminal record…seriously. I discovered the series late. I was not reading YA and had no particular interest in writing YA. With the exception of Harry Potter, I was firmly entrenched in the world of adult fiction. Another mom loaned me the first book, and I was hooked. These books made me realize how much I’d missed reading about first love and the intensity of all the things you feel as a teenager!
· The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown): As a writer, I loved the way Dan Brown wove historical facts into his own version of historical events to come up with a book that rocked the world. We visited Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland this summer, and the guide explained how this book literally saved the chapel. It was in disrepair with few visitors and little funding. Since the book came out, it’s a highly-visited site with the money needed to maintain it!
· Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell): I loved this novel. It’s set in 1986, when I was sixteen, so I could relate to so many things. The writing is beautiful, and the characters! Wow! I just fell in love with them and their story.
· Malory series (by Johanna Lindsey): Growing up, I was in love with these historical romances. Whenever I needed an escape, I pulled out these books. She is a master at witty banter, romantic adventure, sexy heroes and spunky heroines. What is there n
ot to love about these books!
So that’s my list of books that stuck with me. My greatest wish as an author is that my book will stick with readers. Whether you love it or hate it, I hope you remember it. Thanks for reading!
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The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet Genre: YA Contemporary
Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.
Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.
Published by Entangled Teen Released February 1st, 2016
Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at www.KatherineFleet.com.
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