I’m on to L for my Bookish ABCs! Nearly half-way through the alphabet… wow! This is a fun series, though I know the end of the alphabet is going to be the hardest to find answers for. Oh well, I’ll deal with that when I get there!
Here are the rules as Alex posted them:
- Credit Alex for the idea, and link back
- Post at your own pace, do as many or as few letters as you want
- Post your favourite authors, books and characters (ABCs) for a particular letter of the alphabet
You can find my other Alphabeticals posts here.
Authors beginning with ‘L’
Mercedes Lackey might not be an author whose work I read much anymore, but since she’s one of the authors whose work I’ve read the most of I would be lying if I didn’t include her on this list. I own a ton of her books, and while I don’t usually read her new stuff, I still go back and revisit her older work.
Madeline L’Engle also belongs on this list, even though I’ve only read her time quintet. A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind in the Door were such inspirations to young me that L’Engle will forever be on my favorite authors list.
Honorable mentions to:
- Charles de Lint, who has only written one book I’ve read so far, but give me a little time and I could see him being near the top of my favorite authors list; and
- Holly Lisle, who used to be on my auto-buy list until my reading tastes changed. But I used to really enjoy her work, and I still go back to it when I’m feeling nostalgic.
Books beginning with ‘L’
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry absolutely has to be on this list. I read this book for the first time a little over half a century ago (yikes), and it has stuck with me ever since. I re-read it now and then (when I can handle the emotions I know will come with reading it) and it has a place on my keep-for-always shelf. (Your mileage may vary with this one. It’s not for everyone, but I adore it.)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (bonus author ‘L’ points!) also has to be on this list. It’s not my favorite of the Narnia books, but it’s close, and it’s what introduced me to the series.
Characters beginning with ‘L’
Legolas has always been my favorite of Tolkien’s elves, and possibly all elves anywhere. I do like book Legolas better, but movie Legolas is pretty enough to make up for the silly stuff they had him do. (Shield surfing down stairs? Really?)
Luna Lovegood is my favorite Ravenclaw, and one of my favorite characters from the Potterverse, period. She is awesome, and I wish I had been as self-confident at that age as she is.
Honorable mention to:
- Lucy Pevensie, who was never my favorite character when I read the Narnia books as a kid, but who has grown on me as I re-read the books as an adult. My favorite Narnian will always be Susan Pevensie, however, which is why Lucy did not take one of the two top spots.
series beginning with ‘L’
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series was a childhood favorite, and while I haven’t re-read it since I was a teen I have very fond memories of it. I think I want to check at least the first few of these books out of the library and see if I still like them as much as I used to. I’ll admit: I still very often think of these books when I pour maple syrup. I always wanted to make maple syrup candy in the snow the way Laura describes in this series.
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is a series that will always hold a place in my heart, even if these days I’m more likely to watch the movies than read the books. They defined a lot of what I expect and want from an epic fantasy.
I had a lot of trouble sticking to my “two per category” decision this month! Oh well!
Also: should Lord of the Rings count as a book or a series? I’ve seen debates about this particular question, but I used it where I did because I had more “L” books than series.