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There was a challenge that I kept seeing on my Facebook wall that a lot of my friends were doing. The challenge was to list ten books that have stayed with you through the years. Not the ten best books you’ve ever read or literary masterpieces, just ten books that have made an impact on you in some way.
I thought it would be fun to share my list on the blog along with the reasons why they have stayed with me. So without further ado and in no particular order:
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
This book scared the living daylights out of me. I read it when I was 16 or 17 while visiting Las Vegas so I was in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar noises. Every little sound made me uneasy and I wouldn’t sit anywhere near a window at night. To this day it remains one of my favorites and to this day it still gives me a good scare.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I go through periods where I don’t read for a while but when I am back on a reading bender I eat them up. I was ready to pick up a book after a dry spell a few years ago and asked for some recommendations from friends. This title kept coming up so I ordered a copy from Amazon and devoured it! At the time it was the best book I had read in years. I very rarely read a book more than once but this is one that I will definitely pick up again.
The Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
As a kid I loved Dr. Seuss, of course. I can remember several of my usual bedtime books but something about this one made it my favorite. I picked up a copy for my oldest son when he was little and as I read it to him the memories of my own bedtime routine came flooding back. It might not be the most well-known of the Dr. Seuss books but it holds a special place in my memories.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
This book. Oh my God, this book. I couldn’t read it fast enough but at the same time I never wanted it to end. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Harry Potter and this book made me cry like no other book ever has. I’m not a cryer and books very rarely choke me up, but this…this book made me cry an ugly cry not once, but twice!
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The full title of this book is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Not everyone will share my love of this book but I have a quirky, even crass sense of humor so I get that. If you are sensitive about religion then it’s probably not the book for you. I have some religious friends who have read it and were able to appreciate the humor without feeling like it’s blasphemous so if that’s you then I definitely recommend this read. If you don’t think you would be amused by it, there are several other Christopher Moore titles that are worth a read.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Who doesn’t love The Giving Tree? The message is clear and timeless. I still have the same copy that I had as a child and it now belongs to my children.
The Shining by Stephen King
This is the first Stephen King book that I ever read. I think I was about 11 or 12 when I read it – what was I thinking? The maze in the movie has nothing on the topiaries in the book! Because of this movie, one of the first places we went to visit after moving to Colorado was the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park which was the inspiration for the book.
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
I read this book in middle school after seeing the movie. There is something about this book that stays with me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. My son read it and had the same reaction. Stay gold, Pony Boy.
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
The true story of Augusten Burroughs’ childhood and coming of age is so raw and gut wrenching. It’s hard to imagine that this is a true story. It left me feeling like I was reading something that I shouldn’t be but I couldn’t put it down.
Big Dog, Little Dog by PD Eastman
This was the first book that I “read” by myself when I was three years old. In reality I was reciting it from memory since I had it read to me so much but it will forever be the first book that I ever read. The book that started the love affair with reading.
I would love to hear what books have stayed with you over the years.