We’re starting a new theme for the next three weeks, one I think is going to be a lot of fun and show deep glimpses into the hearts of the Buzz Girls.
It’s called “Guilty Pleasures,” and as usual, we’re going to break in into three sub-categories, Books, Boys and Buzz.
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My book-related Guilty Pleasure is only rarely satisfied, but when it is, I fall like a ton of bricks. It is my love of a beautifully written time-travel that moves from present day to the past and often back again.
I am not very focused on the scientific or magical properties (as long as they make sense), as much as the main character’s emotional journey, how she adjusts and hopefully triumphs. I can’t help putting myself in her place and trying to figure out how I’d retain my sanity and yet manage to suitably cope. For me, it’s almost like the best of both worlds, getting to read and create the happenings at once. And these are the sorts of books that I find myself thinking about for days, and talking up to friends.
A number of these much-loved time-travels contain scenes that some readers find disturbing, so instead of listing my favorites, I’m going to focus on one in particular that I'd recommend to anyone--the landmark time-travel that I came upon in the 1980’s, that first drew me in.
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser focuses on a young woman on the eve of her wedding, who looks into the family heirloom mirror, and falls back into the young body of her grandmother on the eve of her wedding day. In contrasting chapters, the grandmother moves into her granddaughter’s body, which is an even greater culture shock.
This book was re-released about five years ago, and if you get a chance to check it out on Amazon, you’ll see 127 reviews, and many from readers like me, who just had to read it again. And loved it again! Although warning, when you read it now, the “present day references" to cassette players and disco music seem a bit historical, too!
Any other time-travel book lovers out there? And if so, can you recommend some others I could try?
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