You may have seen that post going around on Facebook about listing 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. You list your 10 and then tag 10 of your friends to list theirs. A good friend tagged me in her post, so it’s my turn to play this game.
I thought it would make a good blog post so I could talk a bit about each book. Also because it’s fun to see what books make it on others’ lists and to see which ones I share in common with others. Plus, it’s a good way to get some ideas for books to read in the future…you know when I actually have time to read.
They don’t have to be your favorite books and you’re not supposed to overthink it or try to pick the “right” books. I tried to pick ones that had me thinking about them long after I finished reading or defined a certain period of my life somehow.
There are some books on this list that I may not have even thought of had I not seen them on someone else’s list, but after I saw them, knew they had to be on mine too because of the memory they triggered.
Here’s my list, in the approximate order in which they were read.
Christopher Pike anything – I used to LOVE scary books and movies, but now I avoid them like the plague! I remember friends reading juicy excerpts from Christopher Pike books in the back of the elementary school bus and thinking back, they were not exactly age appropriate. Just looking at the images of books on Amazon brings back so many memories of reading through everything he wrote, even his few adult novels.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews – Can I get an amen? Anyone who read this book in junior high knows why it’s listed here. One Amazon review calls it “one of the best trashy novels ever written” and I agree, even though I’m not exactly an expert on trashy novels. This one sucked me in to the world of V.C. Andrews for a long time after. Exhilarating and scandalous reading for the tween.
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott- I found an old copy of this book at my grandparents’ house when we were cleaning it out after they moved into a nursing home. It was partly the story that I loved and also reading it from such a old, hardcover book that was half the fun.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – Moving along from the raunchy reading of my young adulthood, I fell in love with this book which is a retelling of the Biblical story of Hosea, about a man who is led by God to marry a prostitute. It’s a beautifully written book that I have purchased a few times as a gift for others.
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – The graphic description of a life of poverty in Ireland stuck with me long after I finished this memoir.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I got lost in these books, imagined what it would be like to live in the House of Gryffindor, dreamed about what it would be like to write children’s tales so beautifully.
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller – This book opened my eyes.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – This one weighed on my mind long after I was done with it. The details of the murder, the impact on the family, the search for answers.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I was caught off guard by this series because I started reading it without knowing anything about it, just that the movie was coming out soon and I wanted to read it first. I read it in one day, staying up late to finish it, which I hadn’t done since before I had kids.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – So much was interesting about this book–Paris in the 20s, getting an up close look at Ernest Hemingway and other famed names of the time, passion and betrayal. It was a timely read right before Midnight in Paris came out in the theaters.
There are others I could add to the list (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series comes to mind), but I’ll stick with an unedited list of the first 10 that came to mind.
Now you tell me, with just a list or in detail, what are your top 10 books that have stuck with you?
I tag Confessions of a College Mom, Rachel Toalson, The Healthy Doctor, Super Smart Mama, My Healthy Happy Home, Climb Out Of the Cubicle, Troublesome Tots, Pilates Happy Hour, Run Stroller Run, Skinny Chick Blog. Don’t worry, I won’t hold you guys to it! I definitely don’t expect anyone to write a full blog post about it, but feel free to comment!
I look forward to reading everyone’s answers, whether I tagged you or not! I’ll also tag 10 friends on Facebook to keep the game going over there as well.
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