Day 10 of this respective series and the prompt asks me for novels that remind me of home. I could say more about this collection, but mostly the common factor between all of this is that they’re either set in the state I grew up, they’re stories that are set in a coastal community, which is much like my childhood hometown, or they remind me of aspects about my “home away from home” in a university community.
I met Pamela Duncan at a writing seminar/conference, the author of the first book I listed, “The Big Beautiful” – and she signed one of the books that I bought and kept in my collection (“Plant Life” – which I didn’t include here, b/c I haven’t read it yet, but I certainly plan to remedy that soon, considering I’ve read “The Big Beautiful” and really enjoyed it.). She was very sweet. And it’s an experience I fondly remember because that was my first writing conference. I was nervous as all heck, but I met some amazing people there and got a lot of useful tips on the art of the craft in general. This story’s set in my home state and actually modeled after the city I grew up in, IIRC. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, and I’d like to pick it up for a re-read to officially review it.
I chose “A Ring of Endless Light” as another because it reminds me of home. I grew up about 30 minutes from the beach, so I have a fondness for stories set on the water or in beach communities. I spent a summer at a sea turtle hospital and went to my local aquarium for many, many years.
I chose Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl” and Maeve Binchy’s “Circle of Friends” because it reminds me of my “home away from home” in terms of my college experiences. I have fond memories spending time with suitemates, classmates and just in general living the “college experience”.
This was a hard topic, so I’m just going to leave it at four books. Until next entry, guys!