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Lisa's Links, Lists and Inspiration

This is one of those blog posts in which I take to the internet to tell you about other people's great posts on other parts of the internet or to put it another way; here are some articles that I really enjoyed and I wish I'd written them. Anyway I'm currently attempting to edit an article I've written, editing the outline for my novel, working on the second draft of my novel, reading an imaginative time travel fantasy about magic and science. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. and organising my daughter's birthday sleepover. So what better time to write a blog post?

Earlier this week I shared M. L. Rio's Books that Made Me so below is a link to a guest post that she wrote for the Waterstones blog (which I also occasionally write for by the way) in which the author writes about some of her favourite Shakespeare inspired novels.

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The Books that Made Me M.L. Rio

Today I welcome M. L. Rio to the blog to tell us all about some of her favourite books in this week's edition of The Books That Made Me.

The first book I have distinct memories of is The Hobbit. My mother read it out loud to me and my brother when we were too young to read it ourselves. It was what we did after dinner instead of having dessert, and we looked forward to it the same way other kids probably looked forward to ice cream or Oreos. I still have a soft spot for Tolkien, because he was the first author who really captured my imagination and invited me into a new world. Middle Earth, with all its mythology and all its tangible detail, was where I lived and got lost in the long afternoons of elementary and middle school. Sometimes I still go back to visit.
Around the same time I embarked on The Lord of the Rings on my own, I discovered Shakespeare in my parents’ library. The first play I read was The Comedy of Errors, and though it’s not the best play, I immediately wanted …

Widdershins Blog Tour The Books That Made Me

As part of the Blog Tour to celebrate the release of Helen Steadman's first novel I asked Helen to tell me about some of her favourite books as part of my new series TheBooks that Made Me. Helen responded with three of her favourites from her teenage years and insists that she must have been a contrary young reader as they are rather surprising choices for a writer of historical fiction, nonetheless as the wonderful Meg Ryan said in You've Got Mail "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does" So on with the books.

The Books Made Me: Helen Steadman The Teenage Years

1984 by George Orwell ‘Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.’ This was the most striking book I had ever read, and I don’t think any other book has ever had the same effect on me since. It was the first time I’d read a book underpinned by such enormous ideas. Sinister concepts like thoughtcrime a…