I was tagged by the super awesome keeptheearthbelowff!
Rules: 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 ten friends, including me, so I’ll see.
In no particuliar order….
- The Harry Potter series. Why? WORLDBUILDING 101.
- The Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O’Brian (Also known as the Master and Commander Novels). Again. Worldbuilding, but in a completely different sense. The ridiculous and amazing reference in these novels is mindblowing. That. And if you like the new series Crossbones, it’s totally inspired by Maturin.
- The Sandman Series, By Neil Gaiman and Various artists. A must read. It covers so many social issues and theological concepts and basically is a giant box of the grey area. And it’s wonderful, and thought provoking, and yes.
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. I read this when I was 15, and I still think of how deeply it affected me.
- The Arrival, By Shaun Tan. Mindblowing. A wonderful example that not all stories need words.
- Bluebeard, Kurt Vonnegut. I read this in College, and really need to find my old copy and read it again. It kind of sneaks up on you, with how much it makes you think….
- Star Trek TNG novels. I spent a good part of my early teens (Starting around 10-11 years old) reading these. I never read young adult. I was handed a book by my father, and found an encyclopedia on our bookshelf, and went from there. So alot of the YA novels are a bit difficult for me to bite into… Because I never had that ‘awkward reading’ stage. I went straight into very well written sci-fi, with amazing vocabulary, and well written characters.
- Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. Because I really want to understand how Miyazaki wrote his script from this…. Great book & characters. The snark, oh the snark!
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Lesson learned. Not all good things go together. *shudder*
- The Hunger Games Trilogy. I blame this on the absolutely excellent fanfiction out there, that made me read the book a second time, and pick up on all the little things I overlooked the first time. PTSD / Depression / Anxiety in a main character (that can be read in a believable way) is rare.
So, I’ve barely been able to pop my ahead above my workload in the past 2 weeks, so I’m not going to tag anyone, since I probably won’t catch their reply… But everyone should do this just for fun, so you can try and remember why books stuck with you, and how the continue to influence you!