Monday Give Away: THE PERILOUS GARD
This Monday’s give away is a little bit different. This week’s book isn’t an advance copy. Quite the contrary. This is a book that first came out before I was born. But I’ve discovered that I have duplicate copies, so it seems only right to send one on to a good home.
So this week, I give you… Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard.
Here’s the official (very short) blurb:
In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.
Highly recommended for fellow fans of Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red, and anything faerie (with an “ae”) or Tudor.
So, for a chance to win my extra copy of The Perilous Gard, here’s your question: what’s your favorite oldie but goodie book?
The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
The first book to pop into my head is “Rose In Bloom” by Lousia May Alcott.
Gone With the Wind, will always be my favorite! Second in line would have to be Emma, by Jane Austen.
Anne of Green Gables
(It’s a hard question because I love so many old books!)
I am a sucker for Dante’s Inferno
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
I’m going to say “Emma”, Jane Austen!
To Kill a Mockingbird
Katherine by Anya Seton is my go-to oldie but goodie.
Either Sunshine by Robin McKinley or War For The Oaks by Emma Bull
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith!
Rifles for Watie is awesome!!
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith.
My favorite oldie (1950’s) is a novel by Brigitte Von Tessin written originally in French. It is set in France of Louis 14. It covers time period from 1640-1680’s and the relationship of the Comte de Racon and his illigitimate son Martin.
OOPS! The Bastard is the title of the novel by Brigitte von Tessin.
Yup, The Bastard is pretty awesome! (Thanks to JDL, aka my mom, for introducing me to it!!)
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.
Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I first read it when I had just started Scottish country dancing and I was amused at how relevant the dance related still passages were 200 years later. Plus, it had Henry Tilney, who is the most underrated literary hero of all time. But that’s all right, the rest of you keep drooling over Darcy. Meanwhile, I’ll take the hero who likes to dance, read novels, isn’t a neat freak, and owns several puppies!
As a teenager, I read Gone With the Wind several times, as well as Jane Eyre. I discovered Jane Austen in my last year of college, and Agatha Christie, as well. I remember sitting in the laundromat, devouring an obscure Christie book many, many nights in those years. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, and Persuasion is, I think, my oldie but goodie, but I am still occasionally pulled to the Yorkshire dales and have to read Jane Eyre and Villette every once in a while. 🙂
There are probably others, but the one I think of right now is Pope’s own Sherwood Ring. That or Touch Not the Cat.
A favorite is ‘The Sherwood Ring,’ also by Pope.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Daddy long legs
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.
It’s books like these two that were my gateway to romance novels as a girl!!!
Katherine, by Anya Seton
Love Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave, Du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Robin McKinley’s Beauty. Anything historical fiction or fairy, so this sounds great.
There’s another Betty S. # 20? Thats how I used to sign.
Anything by Mary Stewart. ? Absolute favorite is These Old Shades by her. Another book I love is A Message from Absolom. Can’t remember name of the author . . .
An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. Other favorites have already been named in previous comments!
Emily of New Moon is one I’ve loved since I was 10. I also remember discovering old books by Ruth M. Arthur at the local library and devouring all of them. Requiem for a Princess and The Saracen Lamp were big favorites.
A Wrinkle in Time
Perilous Gard is my all time favorite book! For realz! Another all time fave is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.
I love Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Jane Eyre is also pretty fantastic.
Wuthering Heights. It really moved me as a young woman when I first read it at age 18. I was swept away by the beautiful, dark scenery and the intense characters.
To Have and To Hold, alternate title By Order of the Company, by Mary Johnston: an honorable hero, a desperate (and beautiful) heroine, colonial Virginia, marriage of convenience, lords & ladies, pirates & swordfights, a shipwreck, a dastardly villain, a loyal sidekick, an actor-turned-pastor…golly, this one just has it ALL. Definitely an oldie but goodie 🙂
How old? From childhood – the Anne Shirley books and The Magic Faraway Tree books. From adulthood – all Jane Austen (particularly Emma and Persuasion). I’ve also always LOVED Aesop’s Fables – even BEFORE I could read I’d listen to cassette tapes with those stories narrated (thankfully read plainly, not hyped-up or dumbed-down like they usually do for things aimed at kids).
My favorite oldie but goodie is “Gone With The Wind”.