August 02, 2011

Guest Post: Into The past by J.F. Jenkins

What books your past self would recommend at ages 5, 11, 16 and 20.

Five: I'm all about the big colorful books with more illustrations than words. I love art. The Berenstein Bears are a necessary addition to my bookshelf at that age. In fact, I made it my goal to get all of them if that was even possible. I also loved the Madeline books.

Eleven: Ronald Dahl was popular when I was around that age. “The Witches” and “Matilda” are some of my all time favorites. Beverly Cleary is also a great read with her Ramona book series. Oh, and Mrs. Pigglewiggle stories were awesome.

Sixteen: This was my Tamora Pierce and K.A. Applegate phase. I love both authors greatly. Tamora Pierce writes some amazing teen fantasy novels, and Animorphs will always have a special place in my heart. When I was sixteen most of the books for my age group were Sweet Valley High or high school fiction, and not so much fantasy or sci-fi. Now it seems like it's the opposite. I would have been into Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers Trilogy, and Harry Potter. This probably dates me but Harry Potter was just starting to get big right as I was graduating high school, and since I couldn't get the hardcovers, I had to wait to read.

For more information on J.F. Jenkins and her book The Dragons Saga: Legend of the Oceina Dragon, check out her website:

The Dragon Saga: Legend of The Ocenia Dragon by J.F. Jenkins

Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he's loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn't even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she's going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.
When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.


  1. I loved Bernstein Bears and Sweet Valley High. I love Dahl too. But at 11 I was all over Anne of Green Gables.

  2. Cristina, I got into those books older. Love them too!


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