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« 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
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« Reply #1 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 - Anas Nin
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« Reply #2 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
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« Reply #3 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
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« Reply #4 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
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« Reply #5 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!

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« Reply #6 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!

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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. 
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« Reply #7 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!

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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  :)
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 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
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 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. 
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« Reply #12 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.  :(


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« Reply #13 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. 

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« Reply #14 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!

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