Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Author Hannah Clark's Top Book Picks!

About Cobbogoth 
by Hannah Clark
To seventeen-year-old Norah Lukens, the Cobbogothians were just a myth. But after her archeologist uncle's brutal murder, and being asked to translate one of his old research journals for evidence, she begins a journey to discover the truth for herself.

Chasing the myth her uncle was obsessed with, Norah learns that his murder was a cover up for something far more sinister. If she hopes to save others from suffering the same fate he did--including the peculiarly magnetic James Riley--she must head to Iceland in order to find out the truth once and for all.

If she succeeds, she'll gain the one thing she's always longed for.

But if she fails, not even the gods can help her.

Author Hannah Clark's
Top Book Picks!

So, what books would Hannah recommend? 
And what books would we find in her home library? 

My most favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I believe that Jane Eyre is the greatest heroine ever written; aside from Jane Austen’s Anne Elliot in Persuasion (Who runs a very close second.) I first read Jane Eyre when I was a senior in high school. One of my best friends and I watched the movie together at a sleepover, and I knew I had to read the book. So, I borrowed a copy from my AP English teacher and stayed up all night reading it. I remember it was like 3:00 in the morning when I got to the part where Jane hears Mr. Rochester call out to her when she’s with St. John. At that point, I sat straight up, bawling of course, and knew I’d never be the same again. As a matter of fact, I’m actually fairly certain the idea of the “soul-bond” in Cobbogoth was inspired by that particular moment. Aside from than that, most of my other favorite books are classics as well, which is pretty surprising, since I write YA Fantasy. 

Here are a few of my most favorite classics:  
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
  • The House of Seven Gables 
  • and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
  • Anything by Shakespear, Jane Austen, or John Keats 
I do also really love fantasy that isn’t too fantasy-ey, if that makes any sense. Harry Potter, I think is as fantasy as I go, which again, most people find strange, since I write fantasy. Some of my favorite not-too-fantasy reads are: 
  • The Perilous Guard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Very cool story set during Queen Elizabeth’s reign and based on Tennyson’s balled Tam Lin.) 
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (This is considered ‘high’ fantasy, but I really, really liked it.) 
  • Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt (One of the simplest, yet loveliest folk tales I’ve ever read—so beautifully written.) 
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Extremely weird, but oh so fantastic!) 
  • Peter Pan by James M. Barrie (So clever and enchanting.) 
  • Witch Child and Sorceress by Celia Rees (Very cool story full of Native American mythology, which I love.) 
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (My favorite retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses with some other great fairytales thrown in the mix.)
As far as the books you’d find in my own library: all of the above, several books on writing and mythology, and many, many, many more—I’m a bit of a book collector.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Julia,

    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for hosting me and my book on your blog during my blog tour. The tour was a great success, and I really appreciate your willingness to participate.

    All the best,

    Hannah L. Clark



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