The magic of books (a love story)

We're celebrating the release of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by our crew member, Kathryn Holmes, with a love letter blog hop! To join us, write a love letter to someone (or something) who has helped shape you as a writer, or who has been an important part of your writing life. Your love letter does not have to be in a traditional letter format - playlists, drawings or illustrations, poems, book round-ups are welcome. Feel free to get creative! If you choose to participate, share your link here and you'll be entered to win a Prize Pack - which includes a copy of Kathryn's book!

Lately, I've been thinking about the books I read--and loved--when I was a child. The first books to transport me to a different time and place, through simple words typed on a page and strung together into delicious stories. I wouldn't be the person--or writer--I am today without these books, and so today they are the topic of my blog hop love letter. How better to show my love than by sharing them with others who might read them and love them too? :)

When I think about the books or series I can *remember* reading as a child, these are the six that immediately come to mind:

THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

I read (okay, devoured) this book on a summer road trip. I can remember flipping the pages to find out what happened next.

DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis

One of my older sisters recommended this book to me, and I remember falling into the story (time travel! the plague!) and never wanting it to end.


No other book captured the tingly magic of stepping into a new world like this book did for me. I could smell the snow, see the streetlamp in the forest, and feel the wonder of meeting a faun. What a wonderful beginning!

The Xanth series by Piers Anthony

I can't actually remember which of the books in this series I've read. What I do remember is going to the library, finding the Piers Anthony section, and systematically reading every single book when I was in middle school. (Perhaps a little young for this series, but this was before our amazing YA sections existed!) I loved the puns and the imagination. I loved the way the author turned ideas and myths on their heads and took the oddest things literally. This series gave me a deep appreciation for oddities, and for questioning what we know.

THE JUNIPER GAME by Sherryl Jordan

I loved the atmosphere of this book when I was younger. It was one of those stories I felt completely immersed in, and I read it over and over just to get that feeling back.


This series held so much magic for me, and it was the first fantasy series I read with a female main character. I loved Alanna. I loved that she was different. I loved that she wanted something other than what others thought she should want.

All of these books have one thing in common: they suspended my reality. They took me to a different time and place, and made me believe in magic. The magic of books.

Do you have books that you read years and years ago, but you still catch yourself thinking about? Characters who you fell head over heels in love with, or adventures you still wish you could have joined? I'd love to hear about them!


P.S. Remember: if you share your own love letter, you can win a copy of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND! Learn about the blog hop and giveaway here.