Lists: Books to love

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And so it begins, the life I sat dreaming about for months and months on end – it is here, before me. Yes, that life I pondered on, drooled over, half cried, half begged for has arrived and now it’s time to take a hold of it. So, I thought I would start with a list! A list of books. There has been a challenge going around Facebook, “10 Books that have stayed with you.” What a better place to start than the books that have influenced me and molded me – propelling me forward – into this world of writing. I decided to do 15, because 10 isn’t enough – to be honest 15 isn’t either. I read a lot of books and many have influenced me one way or the other. But here is my list of 15 books that have “stayed” with me over the years.

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1. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
I love how Hinton portrays the separation of class. I feel it was ground breaking in the 60s and is still relatable today.

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2. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
I love Ender. It’s a great character living in an interesting world. This book made me want to write sci-fi.

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3. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
This is the book that hooked me on sci-fi! It’s so much fun and Adams is hilarious. 42!

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4. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
In my early 20s I read this and Wuthering Heights. Loved Jane Eyre. Her strength and honesty make her one of my favorite characters. (I still don’t get why people like Wuthering Heights.)

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5. Ham in Rye – Charles Bukowski
Bukowski is a fan favorite all around. I’ve read most of his works, from poetry to short stories to novels – but Ham on Rye is my absolute favorite. The gradual growth of Hank is heart breaking.

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6. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
This book – mother of all things holy – the nightmares I had. Perfectly captures how volatile humans are.

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7. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Wallis
I could gush about this book for days. Beautifully written story about family, love, loss, and dealing with it all.

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8. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Most amazing anti-war book of all time.

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9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Written in omniscient 3rd, a point of view people rarely use these days, as the fly on a wall you watch the family grow. I randomly have scenes pop into my head on any given day.

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10. Sandman – Neil Gaiman
The reason I started reading comics.

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11. I am Legend – Richard Matheson
Incredible and interesting horror.

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12. Princess Bride – William Goldman
Just as funny, if not funnier, than the movie.

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13. And if I Perish… – Evenlyn M.Monahan & Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
It’s about WWII nurses. Follows American nurses from the states through all major WWII battles.

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14. Fat Kid Rules the World – K.L. Going
The movie adaptation of this book should be set on fire. This book is genius. Music, drugs, poverty, age appropriate awkwardness, true friends, and family.

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15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Can’t describe it. Friendship, love, and life.

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4 comments

  1. michellejoycebond · September 5, 2014

    Yes, yes, yes–AMAZING books!! I’ve read most of these and feel the same way. I heard of Fat Kid Rules the World but haven’t read it. To read list, activate!!

    • Aryn · September 10, 2014

      I absolutely love that book! It’s a great ‘coming of age’ story, and I love the the MC is male. Totally worth adding to your list!

  2. thebeeze · September 30, 2014

    Great list! A couple there I need to checkout.

    • Aryn · October 1, 2014

      Check out Ready Player One. I can not stop gushing about that book. It’s targeted toward our generation and it’s amazing. Loved it.

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