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Title: 10 Books
Post by: Tealight on September 11, 2014, 11:42:47 AM
Some of you have probably seen this meme on Facebook but I am curious to know what your answers.

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes and don't think too hard. It's not about the 'right' book or a great work of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Does not have to be in order. I'll start

1. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

2. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

4. So Far From God by Ana Castillo

5. Textual Poachers: television fans and participatory culture by Henry Jenkins

6. The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh

7. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

9. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

10. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: matthias on September 11, 2014, 01:05:08 PM
1. The Dispossessed - Ursula k leguin
2. Ulysses - James Joyce
3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
4. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.
5. Tropic of Capricorn - Henry Miller
6. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
7. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
8. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
9. Shikasta - Doris Lessing
10. Delta of Venus - Anaďs Nin
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Quinn on September 11, 2014, 02:42:12 PM
1) The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

2)  The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer

3) Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight

4)  Anthem by Ayn Rand

5)  Thrive by Arianna Huffington

6)  Sun Signs by Linda Goodman

7) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8)   Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

9) Neither Wolf Nor Dog  by Kent Nerburn

10) The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Pete on September 11, 2014, 03:55:09 PM
1. Sense and Sensibility - by Jane Austen.
2. The Hunchback of Notre- Dame- by Victor Hugo ( both English and Chinese Translation).
3. Le Comte De Monte-Cristo -by Alexantre Dumas ( Chinese Translation).
4. Gone with the Wind - by Margaret Mitchell.
5. The Joy Luck Club - by Amy Tan.
6. The Rape of Nanking - by Iris Chang.
7. The Intelligent Investor - by Benjamin Graham.
8. An American Life, Ronald Reagan Autobiography.
9. Island of the Blue Dolphins - by Scott O'Dell

the 10th book? I can't think one for now :o
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Slovestravel on September 11, 2014, 08:55:42 PM
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson
Divine Comedy -  Dante Alighieri
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Naked - David Sedaris
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: matthias on September 12, 2014, 04:44:58 PM
I love seeing American psycho next to little women. Of all the bizarre juxtapositions on here so far, that's the wildest I think!

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Slovestravel on September 12, 2014, 06:36:29 PM
I love seeing American psycho next to little women. Of all the bizarre juxtapositions on here so far, that's the wildest I think!


I enjoy many styles, as you have obviously noted!

Matthias, I am most impressed you have read Ulysses.  Lolita is on my must read list and seeing it mentioned here encourages me to hurry and purchase the book. 
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Tealight on September 12, 2014, 09:26:32 PM
I love seeing American psycho next to little women. Of all the bizarre juxtapositions on here so far, that's the wildest I think!


I saw that, as well, and giggled  ;)

Thank you for sharing, everyone who did (or will).  You've mentioned some that I have now added on my TBR list and reminded me of some that have been there for quite some time.  For example, I'm a bad librarian who has yet to read Anais Nin or Like Water For Chocolate (mentioned on another thread).  Will have to remedy that at some point.

Also, after submitting my list, I remembered so many others I wanted to include.  Like Wuthering Heights and Crime and Punishment and "There Will Come Soft Rains" and...well, you get the picture  :)
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: matthias on September 13, 2014, 06:24:51 AM
Matthias, I am most impressed you have read Ulysses.  Lolita is on my must read list and seeing it mentioned here encourages me to hurry and purchase the book. 

10 meaningful books without thinking too hard about it is kind of random: I have so many important books in my life. But I love, love, love James Joyce. Ulysses is not the most accessible, and it is long, and you can never get everything out of it without either having lived in Dublin about 100 years ago, but the writing is so perfect, so exquisitely beautiful, it challenges you as a reader, it sets a new bar for writers, and it blows the doors off the rules.

You could say that finnegan's wake is even more so, except that it is so inaccessible to a general reader that it's basically useless.
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on September 13, 2014, 09:13:45 AM
  1. Understanding the Borderline Mother, Christine Ann Lawson
  2. Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean Auel
  3. The Dance of Anger, Harriet Lerner
  4. The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child, Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D
  5. Motherhood After Miscarriage, Kimberly Diamond
  6. The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout
  7. A Child Called It, Dave Pelzer
  8. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge
  9. Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, John Gottman, Ph.D.
10. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Slovestravel on September 13, 2014, 01:40:41 PM
  7. A Child Called It

I considered this one for my list. What a terribly hard read.
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on September 13, 2014, 04:01:33 PM
  7. A Child Called It

I considered this one for my list. What a terribly hard read.

It was. I've read all of his books, but that one stayed with me. 
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: NoGNoG on March 19, 2015, 09:01:47 PM

1) Water Babies – Charles Kingsley
2) The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
3) Walden Pond – Henry David Thoreau
4) The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
5) The Stand – Stephen King
6) The Feast of All Saints – Anne Rice
7) The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
8) The Outlander – by Diane Gabaldon
9)  Lamia – John Keats
10)The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury

Ten is not enough.  :(

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Pennylover on March 20, 2015, 08:51:42 AM
1  Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
2  The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
3  I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou
4  From the Mississippi Delta -  Endesha Ida Mae Holland
5  Left to Tell - Immaculee Ilibagiza
6  The Joy Luck Club -  Amy Tan
7  The Lord of the Rings -  J. R. R. Tolkien
8  The Silent Twins  - Marjorie Wallace   
9  The Road - Cormac McCarthy
10 The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
11 A Tale of Two Cities  - Charles Dickens
12 Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

I did 12 because these are what came to mind and I couldn't slight any of them.  I love fantasy but I am a lifelong fan of biographies and autobiographies, but not just any ones.  They must be raw, poignant and gritty.  They have to show me the worst of life and the best of people.  Also, I like knowing what makes people tick. 

I have yet to read Blood Meridian, but it definitely on my list.  Gone With the Wind is a romping good read no matter how many times you read it.  I consider The Feast of All Saints and The Witching Hour to be Anne Rice's best work, Carrie and several short stories (such as The ShawShank Redemption, The Body, etc)  to be Stephen King's best. 

Matthias is making me put Ulysses on my list and Lolita is already in my "to be read" pile.  American Psycho scared me because of the disturbed mind it must have taken to write it, particularly the descriptions of torture toward the end of the book.  Amy tarnished Little Women a bit for me, pursing my lips as much as would a pickled lime.   Being an Austen fan, I found Steve Hockensmith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls to be cute and fun take on her work.  Of course I love all Dickens and spent my childhood thinking I was British and expecting to always be invited to tea (I do adore tea parties, by the by).  Memoirs of a Geisha swept me into an entirely different world and I was so shocked to learn it was written by a man.  I am still blown away by the language in Amy Tan's novels.  i would love to sit at her feet and learn.

Thanks for this, Tealight.  It did me a lot of good to sit down and really think about what I find most memorable in writing and why. 

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: delir!ous on March 23, 2015, 09:57:14 PM
Ten is easy to do quickly, but not if I think too hard about it... The only tricky thing is that I'm a vertical reader - when I read someone I like, I immediately read everything they've written. Vertical, compulsive, whatever...

So my random 10, which have all made a deep impression and which I have reread over the years:

1. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (actually this is a genuine no.1, so much to say that remains true today, and so beautifully said)

2. The Collected Stories, John Cheever

3. The Last Picture Show Trilogy, Larry McMurtry (or anything else at all that he has written)

4. A Good Man is Hard to Find (sorry, guys!), Flannery O'Connor - some of the most eerie stories ever written

5. Light in August, William Faulkner

6. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (a reminder that time alone with the person you love is NOT always a good thing)

7. The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule

8. Homicide, David Simon ( or The Corner, one he wrote after a year embedded with Homicide in the Baltimore PD, the other after he convinced some drug dealers to let him hang out with them for a year - then he went on to create The Wire)

9. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami (I read this last year and cried when I had to leave the extraordinary parallel world he creates)

10. 87th Precinct Series, Ed McBain - my introduction to the pleasure of crime fiction

That was enjoyable!

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Pennylover on March 24, 2015, 05:10:40 AM
These responses are making me add even more books to my list.  Someone has got to carve more than 24 hours out of the day.  I love this idea and can't wait to check out maby of this tomes.

I hope everyone on CdM participates  If yo guys think it's good, I want to read it..

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Luke_Jackson on April 15, 2015, 02:46:53 PM
The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

His Dark Materials (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass), Phillip Pullman

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

Sex at Dawn,  Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

The Odyssey and the Illiad, Homer

The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

The Way Things Work, David Macaulay

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Pennylover on April 15, 2015, 08:00:34 PM
From looking at your tumbler, Luke, I'm surprised "The Once and Future King" isn't on your list.

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Luke_Jackson on April 30, 2015, 03:04:28 PM
Ah! It is :-) Or should be. This is the problem with lists...
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Liquidfyre on July 26, 2015, 07:48:47 PM
1.  Little Men- L.M. Alcott (sequel to LW.)
2.  A. Round-Heeled Woman -Jane Juska
3.  Good Omens - Neil Gaiman
4.  Waiting to Exhale, Mama -Terry McMillan
5.  The Forever War -Joe Haldeman
6.  The Alchemist, Brida (any of Paolo Coelho's works)
7.  All the Cathy Guisewite comic collections
8.  The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
9.  Some Soul to Keep - J. California Cooper (any of her works - fantastic storyteller)
10. My Secret Garden - Nancy Friday
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Kai on August 02, 2015, 06:47:52 AM
These are books that have stayed with me and aren't necessarily my favourites. They had an impact on the way I think and life in general I suppose. Without further adieu and in no particular order:

1. The Fifth Sacred Thing - Starhawk
2. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
3. War and Peace - Tolstoy
4. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
5. Roots - Alex Haley
6. Domination & Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook - Michael Makai
7. Story of O - Anne Desclos
8. Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. I included them together because they're one piece really.
9. The Woman's Room - Marilyn French
10. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Pete on August 02, 2015, 09:05:42 AM
7. Story of O - Anne Desclos

Though it was written in 1950s,it's still considered as an intense one today  :)
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: Kai on August 02, 2015, 10:36:35 AM
7. Story of O - Anne Desclos

Though it was written in 1950s,it's still considered as an intense one today  :)

I found it in my mother's dresser when she was out one evening and hid it underneath my mattress. It opened up a whole new world to me. I was amazed... :o
Title: Re: 10 Books
Post by: kitana on February 25, 2016, 10:25:53 AM
Well, you can count on a new member to bring back old topics and dust them off... Cough cough...  ::) ;D

It's impressive to see how people here are of a cultured nature and of broad horizons, able to have discussions about truly anything! :)

Here are my 10 titles... It was hard to choose, as I'm a compulsive reader with very different interests, but really fun to question myself as to why they were important to me... I wasn't able to place them in any particular order though, the numbers don't fit their importance.

1) Earth's children series, by Jean M. Auel
Okay, I once considered this one as a masterpiece, but as books were added it clearly was becoming a money-maker. Cliche characters, that are usually defined as "Mary Sue" and "Gary Stu" in the book-writing community.
However, this is THE book that was responsible for my sexual awakening. Considering I first put my hands on this series at 9yo, it is also responsible for setting my expectations about guys waaaaay too high. I would even have said unrealistic and unattainable until I met with a fine gent from here, who clearly demonstrated to me that sometimes reality could be much, much better than fiction! Love and sex in the cavemen times, who on here wouldn't like to read such a series? LOL

2) Animals in translation, by Temple Grandin.
Wow. This one overwhelmed me, ans as much as I usually go through a book under 1 or 2 days reading, it took me over a month to finish it.
Temple Grandin is a renowned animal behaviour specialist, and she is also a autistic person. There's been a movie about her life, a good movie. She uses the peculiarities of her autistic mind to relate to the way animals see life and go through it, and makes brilliant interpretations of the ways they react to basic emotions such as fear or pleasure.
The reason why it was so hard to read is that every one of her chapters goes so deeply in the human mind as well as the animal mind that it shattered many beliefs and notions I took for granted about life. Trauma. Fears. Behavior modification, in humans as well as animals, why we do what we do on the deeper levels, and how changing the way we act can deeply affect others around us.

3) Don't shoot the dog, by Karen Pryor.
Bought this one under much recommandations to improve my understanding of animal training, but finally it turned my whole world upside down considering human relationships. How to relate to people using positive reinforcement rather than being punitive and difficult, and how it improved everyone's lives, myself included. Totally changed the glasses I was wearing and how I looked at people, as well as animals, around me.

4) The trilogy of evil, by Maxime Chattam
This one is a French author, and I sure hope it's been translated to English. Three police/horror books centered around weird murders and a detective working the cases. The author is walking on the fine line between reality and fiction, and it's not until you reach the end of the books that you finally known what you are faced with. Brilliant and very entertaining.

5) A song of ice and dragons, by Georges RR Martin
Ok, yes, this is a mainstream consumer series, I know. But I love it nonetheless! I love the way it's written, the choices of words, the fearlessness of its author to mow through his main characters and send them to their demise in a very infuriating way.
However what I love about this series is how each character is multi-facetted and complex. We stray far away from the regular, black or white, good or bad guys. We may start the books with clearly defined lists of characters we hate and love, but then somethings comes up and there are more and more shades of grey in every personality, some that I loved fell out of my favour only to grow on me later again, some that I hated at first finally became my favorites. Although it's a fantasy, the author put together one of the most realistic story where human relationships and inner beings are concerned. I can't get enough of it.

6) The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien
This book is a gem, if only by the delicious way its author plays with language and words.

7) The Vampire Lestat series, by Anne Rice
Going back to sexual awakening here... LOL yeah what is it with vampires that is such a turn on, hey? I wonder...

8) The pillars of the earth, by Ken Follet
The realities of men in the time of the cathedrals. The effects of religion and power on the lives of ordinary people. Dreams and illusions of grandeur. How nothing changed in the history of men... A series of books to immerge myself in for a few days, without sleeping or moving an inch.

9) The goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Absolute descent in a personal hell and slow, difficult climb back toward light that may or may not succeed, all put into movement by a childhood trauma. Very interesting insight on the resilience of a human mind, not a rose-colored book in any way. It's rare to see an author take such a path but it's delightful.

10) The Millenium trilogy, by Steig Larsen (and no, the 4th book doesn't have a place on here!)
Once again, a mix of detective work and insight on human nature... I think I like books that make me reflect about human nature...