Yesterday, I was tagged in the kind of Facebook meme that you just know I’m going to participate in: The request? That I list the top 10 books that stayed with me. They’re not necessarily my favorite books (though some are), and they’re not necessarily good literature (some are not) — but for better or for worse, these books all stuck in my soul.
Given that this is the month of using up vacation time for so many people — and, ya know, spending it with loved ones in your pj’s and NOT in your cubicle — I though this list of 10 might provide a nice little reading list for anyone looking for some good books to pick up this season (or, perhaps, gift ideas?)
In no particular order:
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (One of the first memoirs I read and loved.)
- Forever, by Judy Blume (One of the few books I’ve read over and over. Such a sweet tale of first love. And, when I was in junior high, the first time I read it, I liked the sex. Come on — we all liked the sex.)
(Judy Blume in Skokie, IL. God, I would love to see her. I have read every single
book she’s written. I can’t say that about many writers, even Stephen King.)
- It, by Stephen King (My favorite book by the king.)
- Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (My favorite book in the series.)
- Horns, by Joe Hill (The only book on this list that made me long for an AP English class for a good, long discussion — on the idea of good vs. evil, specifically on the concept of God granting prayers through the use of evil. Fascinating.)
- Inherit the Wind, by Lawrence and Lee (One of the only other books I’ve read over and over. When I think of all the reasons behind the details in my faith, this is one of the biggies. I read it for class freshman year of high school, and it was the first time I considered some of the Big Ideas presented. Quote: “The Bible is a book. It’s a good book. It’s not the only book.”)
- Good Grief, by Lolly Winston (Click lit with a killer story. For some reason, I really gravitate to books about widows.)
- Eat Pray Love, by Liz Gilbert (Amazing, amazing writing that solidified my obsession with Italy.)
- A Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (This is the first book I’ve ever read that made me crave writing a book myself. Her technique is flawless, a beautiful mixture of memoir, stream of consciousness, detailed storytelling.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving (This book touched me so much. It’s a feat of storytelling, following the characters from their childhood through adulthood, and I fell deeply in love with the pages.)
What books have stayed with you through the years? Planning to pick up any of these?