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Ten books that have stayed with me in some way

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Attack of the Facebook game.

So I was tagged by a friend of mine in the latest round of the “10 books that have stayed with me in some way” game. While his version seems to be a bit different (mentioned below), this is the general premise of said game from other sources and FB patrons:

In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list.

Although now, certain versions also include a “gender diversity rating” (the number of books by women in your list).

So I went and participated and thought it was well worth sharing via blog, where I can share a little more about each. 😉

 

Note: Not all of those listed below are books I *enjoy* as the game did not specify a rule as being “you must actually like said books”.

 

1o books that have stayed with me in some way

1. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
A collection of fables that has stuck with me since my childhood. Partially because they’re fun stories (with animals, no less) but probably mostly because my dad read these to me as bedtime stories. I was so thrilled to get a copy with other books for my Children’s Lit class. Nostalgia wrapped up in a tiny package.

 

2. Master of Murder – Christopher Pike
I LOVE this book. I love it so bad, my copy is falling apart after all the times I’ve read it. I enjoy Pike’s work as a whole (including the Remember Me series) but this book is my ultimate favourite. The main character is a writer who’s also an underdog in high school, but no one knows he’s a best-selling author of a series girls swoon over. It’s a funny, dark book I find terribly entertaining. Marvin’s family isn’t perfect and he gets wrapped up in something he probably shouldn’t, but he really goes for it and meets a little of the dark side himself. Love, love, love.

 

3. Faith of the Fallen – Terry Goodkind
Book 6 of the Sword of Truth series. I enjoy the series as a whole … well, except for maybe The Pillars of Creation, which was actually the first book I read of his. However, this book is my favourite of them all. It’s hard for me to put my finger on exactly why that is, but I keep pulling it out. Maybe it’s the dark and creepy Nicci. Or how Richard puts up with the situation she puts him in. There’s other stuff, too, but these things stick out to me.

 

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
42. Bowl of petunias. Marvin the Robot. Vogon poetry. Towels. Enough said.

 

5. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
I don’t enjoy WWI or WWII lit but this book gets by. I’ll never, ever forget Major Major Major Major or the overall insane chaos of this book. It’s dark and hilarious in such a morbid way. I’ve also seen the movie though I could’ve done without the guts spilling out. Yup, could’ve definitely done without that visual.

 

6. The Devil Earl – Deborah Simmons
This one’s for the romance lovers – a period Harlequin romance. It has its swooning moments which make me giggle, but it sticks with me because of the main characters. The main female character is a writer of more gothic fiction and that’s a big to-do in society. She’s in love with a guy who’s dark, misunderstood, and generally grr. Put them together and I find it hilarious. Although her sister makes me want to slap her. Everything else just makes me laugh. Call it a guilty pleasure kind of read.

 

7. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emma Orczy
I’m watching the A&E movie while I write this post. It’s one of my favourite classic lit pieces. The humour and wit of Percy. Liberation and freedoms at a rather volatile time in history. The fact that Marguerite and Percy’s marriage isn’t fantastic because of certain issues and misunderstandings, but add some honesty and poof! New perspectives. I was inspired and wrote something along similar lines in high school but with a female aristocrat instead. Plus, written by a Baroness which I find cool.

 

8. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
This is a book that’s stuck with me but not because I like it. I really didn’t enjoy it but had to go in-depth with it for class. Huxley’s writing is fine, and so is the genre to which it belongs. I just couldn’t into the story and especially some of the details, which jarred me in a not-so-agreeable way. It’s on my list of “don’t read again” but still hangs around in my head.

 

9. Crash – JG Ballard
Funny that this sticks with me – I barely got past page 5. I then threw it across the room with an “ugh!” Sure, I enjoy warped ideas and strange stories. This one, though, I just couldn’t go along with it. But I will always remember it because I was so icked out. My, how a book can fly.

 

10. Icons of Evolution – Jonathan Wells
This is the only non-fiction on the list. I read it as a student during my Biology undergrad after receiving it as a gift to “broaden my horizons and thoughts” as it were. Yeah, about that … my copy of this book is FULL of Post-its with my thoughts on how lacking it is and off-base. I remember this book because I found it to be so questionable. Then I read up on the author and his attitudes towards evolution and, well, there’s a reason why the book is the way it is.  I don’t agree with it in the least but it sticks with me because it did what was intended by the person who gave it to me: made me think critically, made me consider what it said and decide what I actually thought. It also made my love for the study of evolution stronger … not really the intent of this book or the author, I’m absolutely certain.

 

Gender diversity score: 2/10
Yeah, I know. It supports the stereotyping of the fantasy/SF and science worlds. It bugs me. I honestly couldn’t think of many individual books by women without really, really digging deep. It’s not like I haven’t read dozens of books by women. What gives, brain?!
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