I got tagged for this over on Facebook, but I thought this would be a neat little blog post, so you guys are stuck with it. 😉
The facebook goes like this:
In your status line list 10 books that have stayed with you. Don’t take more than a few minutes. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, or even your favorites. Just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends including me so I’ll see your list.
Now, I have a number of books that have left an impression on me but that I would not consider my favorites by a long shot. Some have truly stuck with me over the years, sometimes disturbing me greatly.
So, my list:
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (you can’t separate ’em)
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
- The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flannagan
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- 3 by Jacob Flores
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
- The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Okay, so, I kind of cheated a little with the series. But the truth of it is, what stuck with me in those wasn’t so much the book, as the world. The worlds took me out of my horrible existence and dropped me into one with so many other possibilities.
What would it be like to be a hobbit? Have a hobbit hole and a garden? Worry about which ale to drink and which unsavory sort would pass through the tavern next?
Or what would it be like to use magic to fix something broken instead of having to replace it? What about traveling with apparition or flue powder or even brooms? So many possibilities.
I think it’s no wonder why I love world-building so much. I love the idea of creating a world to get lost in. And perhaps Neyem isn’t that type of world, but maybe someday, I can make one that will be even a fraction as attractive as one of the above worlds.
The Handmaid’s Tale is one of those stories that stuck with me, though I couldn’t put my finger on why, exactly. Perhaps it’s because I am female (most of the time) and I can all too easily imagine something like those events happening. I’m not exactly sure.
3 was very easy for me. I’ve played around with writing polyamory before. It’s an aspect of relationships that is very fascinating to me. I loved the way Jacob handled it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to their understanding of it.
1984, Gerald’s Game, and The Host are all simply worlds, stories, something in them specifically that stuck with me. I would like to note here that The Host is nothing like the Twilight books. Still has the Mormon overtones, but I thought it was handled well. Geradl’s Game as left with me an ingrained fear of handcuffs. And 1984, well, I don’t think I truly have to explain that one, do I?
Thanks for reading! What books have stuck with you? Which ones have you gone back to? Are there some that you’d much rather not remember, yet can’t let them go?