Ten Books

David, over at Blogography posted some sort of meme about Ten Books that have stuck with you over time.

I thought it was an interesting question. So here are a random 10 that seem to fit the bill:

1- Les Miserables
The first book I remember that made me sob. When Cosette and Marius finally realize what all Jean Valjean had sacrificed and they rush to him on his death bed? Niagara Fuckin Falls.

2- Life of Pi
Again, sob fest. I bawled my eyes out at the ending while on a transatlantic flight.

3- Maus
Taking the persecution of the Jews during WWII and by setting it in a graphic novel with mice and cats just makes the horror hit you like Mike Tyson’s fist.

4- the Great Gatsby
This was the first novel I analyzed in depth and “learned”. Great love story. Great writing. Great use of color to foreshadow death. And hope.

5- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
All of the books, really. Such a rich universe! But this book was the first time I went and bought a book at midnight as soon as it was available and read it non-stop in seclusion so nobody would spoil it.

6- Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Nuff said, Right?

7- Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
Dr. Seuss is pretty brilliant all around, but man does this book encapsulate all the magic of his kids books, but with all the wisdom any adult needs. 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!

8- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Awesome Christian allegory. And who doesn’t dream there’s a portal to a magic realm at the back of the upstairs wardrobe…

9- A Separate Peace
Basically a gay boyhood best friend love story that rips your heart out that basically resonates with every gay man.

10- Nine Princes In Amber
A great Y/A fantasy series that jump-started my love for reading as a young teen.

All of my readers are welcome to share their ten too!

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8 Responses to Ten Books

  1. Robert says:

    Love this list. I may come up with my own list. Have I even read 10 books? Hmmmmmm.

  2. Dustin says:

    I can’t believe Flowers in the Attic isn’t on here !!!!!! 🙂

  3. Mark in DE says:

    Very interesting list! I would have to add ALL novels written by Armistead Maupin, including but not limited to the Tales of the City trilogy.

  4. Doug (Victoria, BC) says:

    Besides being a very good looking gentleman, you are very well read. I’d like to add a few of my own:
    The Phantom Tollbooth
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    “R” is for Rocket
    Who Has Seen the Wind
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Ghost Story
    The Shining
    1984
    Catcher in the Rye
    Glass Castle

  5. Doug (Victoria, BC) says:

    oops…I was on auto-type..instead of The Shining (which is very good) I meant The Stand…a much better read.

  6. Ron says:

    If I thought long enough, I could think of at least 10. But off the top of my head…
    1. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon — total melodrama, but the teenage me loved it (don’t judge!)
    2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini — I read this only because I was forced to, and I absolutely loved it.
    3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher — a young adult novel with a massive impact, delivering a message of how our actions affect others.
    4. Deadline by Chris Crutcher — another young adult novel, saw the ending coming a mile away, still in tears at the last page.
    5. The Stand by Stephen King — I’ll second Doug’s motion there; I read the original cut version, then the republished full version.

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  8. Dave2 says:

    Maus is a good one. I really need to re-read it one of these days.

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