I was tagged by girlwiki and decided to follow through.
In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag some friends and make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1) Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. This book really helped me analyze my relationship with Jesus, and how much emphasis I was putting on religion over God.
2) The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. The pioneering pilots of rocket flight and the impact on their families. Wonderful book on not only the chase for the stars, but the families supporting that chase.
3) The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. I’m a bit of a sucker for epic poetry, and I’m fascinated by the medieval view of the afterlife. I also love the redemptive nature of all three parts together, whereas pop culture tends to focus entirely on Inferno.
4) James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. My favorite book as a kid. Couldn’t tell you why now, other than it’s just a fascinating story.
5) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I enjoyed it vastly more than the LotR trilogy. It’s light-hearted, and mostly about dwarves. Dwarves are awesome.
6) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. We read this as a class in 5th? grade. I remember being devastated by Leslie’s death. Was probably the first character of a story I’d ever been emotionally invested in.
7) Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. I was one of those nerdy kids who could literally name every. Single. Book. It was bad. I’m sure some can empathize.
8) Heir to the Empire trilogy by Timothy Zahn. I’m a giant Star Wars nerd, and it’s Grand Admiral Thrawn. Pretty self-explanatory.
9) My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Always had a fantasy as a kid (even now as an adult) of just running away and living in the woods for the rest of my life. This book did a lot to fuel that fantasy.
10) 1984 by George Orwell. Whether you liked it or not, to say it didn’t stay with you after reading it is, if I may say so, quite a stretch.
I’m a bit of a Tumblr recluse, so if any of my followers want to pick this up, tag me so I can see it!