Somehow, in all of my reading, I have neglected to post about one of the greatest series of all time--Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I was introduced to the series by the mother of one of my students (thanks, Teray's mom!)--seriously one of the best recommendations of the century. I don't know that I would have picked the book up without the recommendation, as I'm not a big fan of romance novels, but that's the beauty of Outlander--it defies any one genre. It is certainly a love story, but it's also fantasy, AND historical fiction, AND adventure. The story follows Claire Randall Fraser as she travels back in time from the 1940s to the 1743 Scottish Highlands just prior to the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Battle of Culloden which wiped out the Scottish clans. There the married-in-the-present-time Claire meets the love of her life--Scottish outlaw Jamie Fraser. Once you get sucked in by this series, hold on, because you'll have to read them all.
Of course, by now everyone and her cousin has seen the STARZ Outlander series (which I must say is well-cast and follows the story pretty well). But I'll always be glad that I was first besotted by the novels. Of course, being of the romance variety, be aware of graphic love scenes (you can always flip past those parts)!