…That stayed with me.
The talented C. Bryan Brown tagged me in this fun little thing going around Facebook and a few writers’ blogs. It’s quite simple — name ten books that have “stayed with you” over the years. I actually had a surprisingly hard time coming up with books (that weren’t all by the same author). I mostly just read short stories these days; and when I was a kid, I read random stuff that didn’t stick (dog and horse books kinds of things).
Also, I did make the choice not to include books from authors I know, or this list would be a bit easier!
Anyway, here goes. And I’ve decided to add a line or two about my experience with each book, too. Just for fun!
1.) The Road by Cormac McCarthy
This was the first book to pop into my head. It’s delightfully dark, bleak, hopeless. Just the sort of tale I love. The writing is poetic, sweeping. I really got sucked in.
2.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Another easy pick. This is possibly my favorite book ever. I’ve reread it a number of times and every single time I get sucked into the torturous cycle of it. So many lines in it pull at me. The premise itself enthralls me. I love every TV and movie version, but the book will always remain my favorite.
3.) Persuasion by Jane Austen
Can you tell I love the classics? Persuasion is probably my favorite of Austen’s work.
4.) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Returning to “my” genre, this one also wow’d me with its poetic language, as well as its powerful use of omniscient and first person.
5.) The Lord of the Rings/The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m counting these both as one! Both really helped shape my love of fantasy. I love the depth which such intricate histories provide for the world of Middle Earth. The languages, the culture, it’s all there in stunning detail.
6.) The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
I’m going to be honest and say I remember very little of this book — but still it’s stuck in my mind as a really good book. I haven’t read it since I was probably fifteen years old. Which means it’s a good time to pick it back up again!
7.) Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
As I said, I read a lot of horse and dog books when I was a kid. Jim Kjelgaard was a special favorite of mine, and Big Red just jumped out at me when I was thinking about books that lingered.
8.) The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
As a kid, I remember sitting in my closet on a pile of winter coats and reading to my two younger brothers from this book. For that reason alone, it definitely sticks in my memory.
9.) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I told you I loved the classics! Little more needs to be said about this tale.
10.) Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
…And there’s my horse book. This one jumped out at me because the copy I read belonged to my mother. If I remember correctly, she told me it was her favorite book when she was a kid. That made it special. So did the story, of course, but sometimes it’s the people who share books with us that make them stick in our minds. At least, that was the case for me!