Thursday, September 11, 2014

10 Books That Stayed With Me

My Sis-in-law Sara tagged me for this on facebook, but I'm writing it here so I can look back on it in 10 years and see what else makes the list. So, in no particular order.

1) A Wrinkle In Time

I read it once as a kid and it was just a lovely story. Then I reread it as a teen and had my mind blown.

2) The Giver

I read it in high school and loved it. It gained even more power when my teacher followed it with

3) Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankle

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." A psychologist analyzes his experience in concentration camps. It stays with you.

4) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

It's not a book I've never even reread and just found out they made it into a movie a few years ago. Yet it's tone has stuck around in my head even when I can't tell you the character names. It's sort of raw and haunting and it just lingers.

5) Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

YA fiction written from the perspective of a kid with cerebral palsy. It's influenced all my interactions with severely disabled people ever since.

6) I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown

Powerful social research presented in a highly engaging way. And concrete examples on what to say when you don't know what to say. Like how to veer a gossiping situation away from gossip without drawing a giant target on your back. Or how to deal with attention hounds in an empathetic way. It's seriously a game changer without being a self-help book.

7) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The first piece of literature I read without it being part of a curriculum.  Give it time to draw you in, especially if you aren't used to little character vignettes instead of a linear plot. It's a book you have to talk about with someone after you finish it.

8) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I blame this book for my kdrama obsession. I like having the same plot served up in different ways with a Korean twist.

9) Crown Duel

My favorite YA fantasy book. It's best when you are 13 or 14, but I still reach for it when I need a good fluffy book.

10) Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

Am I allowed to say something has stayed with me when it really hasn't been that long since I read it? It has one of the most interesting perspectives on how we view eating animals and a portion on abortion that I want to xerox and have everyone read.  The longest and most hilarious usage guide review has an amusing overuse of footnotes.

So tell me readers, what books have stuck with you over the years?


jeanene c said...

Hummmm Just off the top of my head..Catseye by Andre Norton- started a lifelong love of her work, Ivanhoe-the longest book I read as a kid, Dead Men do tell Tales- a fascinating real life forensic scientist's experiences, Jesus the Christ by Talmage- where I really learned the gospel, King of the Wind- love of the Newberry medal winners, Unexpected Mrs Polifax-Just fun and old doesn't have to mean boring, Goodnight Mr Tom- tenderness can make a horrible life beautiful, Sherlock Holmes- keep noticing everything, Issac Asimov's work-don't limit yourself, the Scriptures source of a happy life

Erin said...

I love posts with good book recommendations! I'm going over to goodreads now to add to my "to read" list- yours and your moms. I might do my own post- but off the top of my head Jane Eyre- the first 10 chapters are slow but worth it. My favorite book of all time. Les Miserables- even with knowing the basic plot the book blew my mind, the story and characters were beyond amazing, The Book of Mormon (I'm not just saying it to be "good") I'm always impressed how I can keep coming away with something each time I read after all these years and readings. The Hiding Place, Dairy of Anne Frank, Tuck Everlasting- beautifully written thought provoking... I too loved The Giver and Pride and Prejudice. On a side note I've been wanting to read the Poisonwood Bible since high school but I can't get through it in one check out session before I have to turn it into the library. Do you happen to have a copy? I'll loan you Jane Eyre in exchange ;-)


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