So very, very true. This week's Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is a book that is very near and dear to my heart. This book was given to me when I was sixteen, it was sent to me by my Aunt as a birthday gift. At the time, I had no idea that it was the fourth book in the series, all I knew is that I'd fallen in love with the characters, the world, the history that enriched every page of this very large book - 1,070 pages.
At the time, I'd never read anything in this particular genre. Nor, had I read anything this large (aside from textbooks because I was in high school at the time). The size of this book intimidated me, it made me nervous. Could I actually read a book this large cover to cover? Would I like it? Why had my aunt sent me something so big? My fears were at the time well placed, and ultimately the reason she'd sent me the book was because she knew I loved reading and thought I'd like the book. I did read it. No, I devoured it - cover to cover. All one thousand and seventy pages. Did I like it? More than like, I loved it.
What book am I talking about? Diana Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn book four in her Outlander series. Jamie and Claire easily became my all time favorite couple, Black Jack Randall easily became my favorite villain. I loved absolutely everything about this story, to the point that when I was attending college at Flagler in St. Augustine, FL, there was a second-hand bookstore close to campus and I bought the first three books in the series, as well as book number five. I am still missing book number six in the series.
When I heard that Outlander was going to become a television series, I think I seriously fangirled. I absolutely love the fact that this world has been brought to the screen and everything about it is perfect, is wonderful, and I'm reminded of all the reasons I fell in love with this series in the first place.