I make lists. It’s what I do. Grocery lists, idea lists, homework lists (with due dates), lists of projects that need done around the house… and lists of books.
More correctly, I should say, I curate lists of books. I collect, organize, and present them, but I rarely make them up purely from my own preferences. For one thing, one woman’s pleasure is another’s sharp fork in the eye. For another thing, I have a dreadful memory for titles and plots (just yesterday my daughter corrected me on Call of the Wild. Buck doesn’t have a happy reunion with his owner, that was me mixing up one of the many other man-and-his-dogs books I’d read as a girl). For me, with the heart of a librarian (no, not in a jar on my desk. That could scare the children) I want to be able to help people find what they are looking for. So I ask for help. Social media is, for this purpose, a fabulous place to get help with lists of books people loved. I usually post in a couple of groups I know will have plenty of readers eager to chime in with their favorites, and I put a call out on my wall. It’s a lot of work, as you can imagine, when I sometimes have hundreds of responses. So this time, I’m not doing that.
I’m asking that if you have a title for the list, which I will explain in a minute, that you comment on the blog with it. If you comment on the facebook share, I may not see it. My schedule is incredibly busy these days, and I don’t think I can spend the hours I usually do sorting through huge comment threads. Sorry… But if it helps, this one will be easier to find later, and the rabbit trails in comments are always fun. I will take the comment suggestions over the week, and compile them into a linked list, as I usually do, and then share that next weekend.
Curious about past lists?
- Fierce Old Women Book List – a list of books that center around grannies who are on a quest, and not entirely happy to be forced into swapping the knitting for the old sword from their youth.
- Where Science Meets Magic – Books that blend science and magic.
- The Great Big Handy-Dandy MHI Group Book List – this one is huge! But it’s a great place to get recommendations of action-filled reads that will remind you of Larry Correia’s work.
- A List for Love in Books – non-romantic love, like buddy stories, or deep friendship, or…
- A List of Books for Big Boys – companion list to the Books for Big Girls, both of which were created to feature heroes that could be used as role models.
- Boys Read Too! The Step-up List – part of a multi-part series of books intended to appeal to young men who want to read books they can connect to.
- The Top 100 Military Science Fiction Books – just what it says, and for a change I did rank the listings. Go check out who made the top ten!
- 18 Hard Science Fiction Books – the criteria here was that they have to have been published in the last two decades. It was a very challenging list to curate.
That’s a lot of reading! But I have been asked specifically to create another list, so here’s the challenge: your favorite Time Displacement or Alt History novels. Give us a title, author’s name, and if you want, why this one should be on the list in a comment below. I’ll start it off with the comment that to me, Time Displacement would be epitomized by Eric Flint’s 1632, which kicked off a great series in a very big way (and it’s free to read in ebook!). I enjoyed SM Stirling’s Dies the Fire, which has a similar premise, but for me that series fizzled with the next book or two, and I never finished it. Alt History? Well, Turtledove’s Guns of the South would be my favorite in that genre.
When I asked the First Reader, he said that his suggestions would be The Lost Regiment, for Time Displacement. For the Alt History, he’d go with Turtledove’s work or David Drake, writing the Belisarius series (one I loved, too. Antonia is one of my favorite characters).
So what would you suggest, dear readers?