I'm not sure how I got so sidetracked, but I very belatedly realized that I neglected to answer one very important question, hailing back to my Q and A post...
"Do you like to read? If so, what are your favorite books?"
The short answer... YES! and... YES!
The long answer... I grew up with my nose almost constantly in a book. I read while brushing my teeth, tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to read at the dinner table, I read while sitting up in a tree or cozy on a couch. Reading was my primary and favorite entertainment during my growing up years and into my 20's.
Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series, Richardson's Grandma's Attic series, any sort of Fairy Tale book I could lay hands on, a favorite being a collection of Grimm's.
the Inklings, which lead me to read CS Lewis' Space Trilogy, which lead me to a search for more well-written fantasy books, which led me to discover Steven Lawhead.
There are a few series that I have read at some point that I plan to add to my collection, one being Laurie King's Mary Russell Series, another being Jan Karon's Mitford series. I also plan to stock up on Elizabeth Gaskell's entire collection of books. If you haven't read her yet, she's the creator of Cranford, writing just a short time after Jane Austen was writing, but with a more village-level view of life in the England of the time.
All told, I would say that Dickens, Gaskell, Tolkien, and the Bronte sisters are my very favorite classic authors. Current day favorites are still to be discovered.
Because the truth of the matter is... I don't read much these days. Ever since having kids and starting my needlework design business, all of my sit-down time is either spent reading children's books or stitching. I have grand plans for catching up on the last decade of best-sellers, but it will be a long while before I find time to do any serious reading again.
Currently on my bedside stand are the books that I pick up from time to time, all time favorites and curiosities should the mood strike...
series by Robert Jordan, that I've been reading since 1994. The author passed away a few years ago, leaving the series unfinished, but with a detailed summary of how it would be completed. His family then interviewed and chose an author to finish the series as close to the original voice as possible. I'm working my way through the entire collection of 15 books (including a prequel), trying to time it so that I finish book 14 when the final volume is released in January.
Because if you do, I will hunt you down in the night and put ice cubes between your toes before forcing you to eat soggy cereal while listening to that Macarena song.
Oh... I'm also reading this: