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10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10?

The QRecently a friend tagged me on Facebook and challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. This really gave me pause, as I feel like most books I read stick with me long after I’ve read them—but that’s the beauty of books. One of the best parts of this challenge, I’ve noticed, isn’t so much the championing of my favorite books, it’s seeing the lists that others are posting. Some are classics, some are books I’ve read, and some are books I’ve never even heard of. What I do know is that it’s giving me great ideas of what to add to my (already lengthy) list of “Books I Want to Read.”

So before I list my books, I want to officially challenge you to post 10 books that have stayed with you in some way after reading them in the comments section of this post. We will build a collective vault of great reads that our readers can turn to time and time again if they are looking for suggestions on books to read.

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Without further ado, here’s my list:

  1. The Comedy Writer – Peter Farrelly
  2. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  3. Hairstyles of the Damned – Joe Meno
  4. Dave Barry Slept Here – Dave Barry
  5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Chip Heath
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  7. The Butterfly Revolution – William Butler
  8. The Mind of Bill James: How a Complete Outsider Changed the Game of Baseball – Scott Gray
  9. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  10. The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

(Note: I’m currently reading A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and have a feeling that when finished it’ll be on this list.)

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157 thoughts on “10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10?

  1. RCPawnee

    Angle of Repose
    House Made of Dawn
    Confederacy of Dunces
    Lonesome Dove
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Rats iof Nihm(sp)
    East of Eden
    Atlas Shrugged
    The Hours
    The Great Gatsby
    And a thousand other depending on time and place and circumstance

  2. jotokai

    No particular order… in some cases they’re not even really good books (one is so terribly, pedantically written, and the part that’s comprehensible shocks the mind so much, that the effect was quite hypnotic, even addictive. Thank goodness I had to return it to the library!) Wish I was supposed to comment at length, probably broken the rules already… Here goes!

    1.Magick in Theory and Practice, by Aliester Crowley.
    2. Neo-tech Discovery
    3. (Can’t remember the title, Tom Swift series) by Victor Appleton.
    4. Poetry book with “When we two parted” by Lord Byron
    5. Nine Princes in Amber, By Roger Zelazny
    6. Get the Life you Want by Richard Bandler
    7. Success Cybernetics (?) by U.S. Andresen
    8. Strata, Terry Pratchett IIRC.
    9. Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
    10. Lord of the Flies-

  3. giffmacshane

    In no particular order:

    1. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    2. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
    3. Riders of the Purple Sage – Zane Grey
    4. The Vanishing American – Zane Grey
    5. Katherine – Anya Seton
    6. Young’un – Frank Herbert
    7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
    8. The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
    9. The Tontine – Thomas B. Costain
    10. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown

  4. thetelleroftales

    There is no particular order to these, except that, of course, the Bible comes first (and LOTR probably comes second). I had to be careful and not think about it, otherwise I never would have been able to narrow it down to a mere 10. And I still left out the book that I think was most responsible for starting me writing; I’m tempted to state which one that was, but that would be deviously breaking the rules, don’t you think?

    1) The Bible
    2) Lord of the Rings/Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
    3) A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. LeGuin
    4) Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
    5) Paradise War – Stephen Lawhead
    6) Jungle Doctor’s Enemies – Paul White
    7) By Searching – Isobel Kuhn
    8) Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
    9) The Wonder Clock – Howard Pyle
    10) The Lost Princess – George MacDonald

  5. mrssally

    The Holy Bible
    (now in no particular order)
    Streams in the Desert
    The Hiding Place- Corrie Ten Boom
    The Scarlet Letter- Nathanael Hawthorne
    Anne of Green Gables- C.M. Montgomery
    Watership Down- Richard Adams
    Pride & Prejudice- Jane Austen
    Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
    The Purpose Driven Life- Rick Warren
    All the Little House books- Laura Ingalls Wilder (tied with The Boxcar Children)

  6. sylvia

    1. The Hero With A Thousand Faces-Joseph Campbell
    2. The Last of a Breed- Louis L’Amour
    3. The Education of Little Tree- Forrest Carter
    4. The Mists of Avalon- Marion Zimmer Bradley
    5. Watership Down- Richard Adams
    6. Hawaii-James Michener
    7. Jonathan Livingston Seagull-Richard Bach
    8. Woman Who Ran With The Wolves-Charissa Pinkola Estes
    9. Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
    10. Silas Marner- George Eliot

  7. kstadt

    What a goldmine! Here are my own in non-sequential order;

    1. A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L’Engle
    2. Persuasion- Jane Austin
    3. Slaughterhouse Five- Kurt Vonnegut
    4. Tess of the d’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
    5. Howards End- E.M. Forster
    6. A Farewell to Arms- Ernest Hemingway
    7. The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
    8. The Book of Psalms
    9. Illustrated Man- Ray Bradbury
    10. I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith

  8. Stephanie Burns

    Wonderful article and great question!

    1. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    4. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
    5. A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
    6. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    7. Winds of War – Herman Wouk
    8. Marjorie Morningstar – Herman Wouk
    9. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
    10. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

  9. Val Killpack

    1. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
    2. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
    3. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
    4. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
    5. By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
    6. Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges
    7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    8. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    9. Farewell to the Sea by Reinaldo Arenas
    10. Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino

  10. kskinner

    1) Heist Society– Ally Carter
    2) Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
    3) Outlander– Diana Gabaldon
    4) The Bride– Julia Garwood
    5) Princess Ben– Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    6) A Little Princess– Frances Burnett
    7) Harry Potter 1– J.K. Rowling
    8) The Lost Hero– Rick Riordan
    9) And Then There Were None– Agatha Christie
    10) The Girl– Madhuri Blaylock

  11. Jauneen

    Well, there are more than ten, but I’ll list the first ten that come to mind. Apologies to those I haven’t listed.

    1. The Stand – Stephen King

    2. The Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon

    3. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

    4.The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

    5. The Lord of The Rings – JRR Tolken

    6. The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling

    7. Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

    8.That Was Then, This Is Now – SE Hinton

    9. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

    !0. The Little Princess – Frances Hodgson

  12. nhredwing

    List of 10? Sure. Favorite? Not possible.

    – Blindness – Jose Saramago
    – All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
    – The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    – A High Wind in Jamaica – Richard Hughes
    – The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
    – the Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
    – The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
    – Watership Down – Richard Adams
    – Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
    – A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

  13. Sylvia Auclair

    This is the list I posted in Facebook just a week ago, but looking at some of these responses, I want to add to it with some that I didn’t mention, like Slaughterhouse Five and Dune. But here is my original list:
    1 Watership Down
    2 The Stand
    3 The Great Gatsby
    4 Jane Eyre
    5 David Copperfield
    6 Dracula,
    7 John Carter: Adventures on Mars,
    8 And Then There Were None,
    9 Shutter Island,
    10 Water For Elephants.

  14. atwhatcost

    Understand, most children’s books I’m listing, I read as an adult. lol
    1. Winnie the Pooh. (I want to find the west pole.)
    2. Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. (I learned we can have photos in books.)
    3. The Earth’s Children’s Series (until the latest one, but I got into surviving in the wilds. Not that I’d do it, but it has a great deal to do with the plot of the novel I’m writing.)
    4. Huckleberry Finn (Okay, I read it seven times as a kid, but I just read it again this summer, and it’s still great.)
    5. The Little House in the Prairie series.
    6. Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.
    7. Charlotte’s Web
    8. Indian in the Cupboard series
    9. The Godfather (read at 16 and where I learned about sex.)
    10. Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go. The first How-to book I read about how to write a novel, the best how-to I’ve read so far, and something I truly get (from the beginning of the story to the end.)

  15. Lisa

    A friend tagged me on Facebook this week as well. There are lot of books I could have added, but here are the top ten.

    1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    3. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    4. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
    5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    7. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
    8. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
    9. The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley
    10. The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

  16. paquettegi

    My list of book that have stayed with me:

    1. Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men – Souad
    2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    3. The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub
    4. The Thief of Always – Clive Barker
    5. Good Grief – Lolly Winston
    6. Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
    7. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
    8. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick
    9. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
    10. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

  17. ErinMP

    1. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
    2. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
    3. Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta
    4. Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden
    5. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
    6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
    7. Deltora Quest series – Emily Rodda
    8. Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth Park
    9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    10. Dead Famous – Ben Elton

  18. Virginia

    I like just having to rattle them off, because I then don’t edit this according to what I think I *should* say. Though I did take the time to sort of, kind of order them according to how much they shaped who I am today, or so I tell myself. And of course limiting it to ten is like telling me I can only eat ten foods for the rest of my life. Horrors!

    THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams

    DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD by Carl Sagan

    THE SELFISH GENE by Richard Dawkins

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

    A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY by Hilary Mantel

    FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

    ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck

    THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien

    THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  19. chark99

    THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Atwood
    RED SCARF GIRL by Jiang (a memoir of the cultural revolution in China)
    A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY by Kimmel
    THE SHINING by King
    EVERY NANCY DREW I READ
    KILLING MR. GRIFFIN by Duncan
    HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Brosh
    LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED by Lawson
    ST. IGGY by Going
    THE GLASS CASTLE by Walls
    ROOTS by Haley

  20. myotherhalf

    1. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (Mildred D. Taylor)
    2. The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
    3. The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)
    4. Saturn Rukh (Robert L. Forward)
    5. Fall of Reach (Eric Nylund)
    6. The Green Mile (Stephen King)
    7. Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
    8. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    9. Raptor Red (Robert T. Bakker)
    10. World War Z (Max Brooks)

  21. ReadingWriter

    There’s something about stories, especially those read in childhood, that evoke a warm and special feeling through the years. Here are my top 10:

    1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
    2. The Outermost House by Henry Beston
    3. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
    4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    5. Leave It to Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse
    6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    7. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
    8. Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
    9. The House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris
    10. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
    I think I’ll put the Bible in a category by itself (otherwise it would rank as #1), allowing me to sneak in 11 choices here!

  22. Taylor H

    1. Atonement — Ian McEwan
    2. The Kite Runner — Khaled Hosseini
    3. Life After Life — Kate Atkinson
    4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay — Michael Chabon
    5. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk — Ben Fountain
    6. Harry Potter series — J.K. Rowling
    7. A Visit From the Good Squad — Jennifer Egan
    8. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace
    9. Oryx and Crake — Margaret Atwood
    10. Let the Great World Spin — Colum McCann

  23. kfenner

    My top ten books.

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
    Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
    Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
    Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
    Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
    Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

  24. brimaunob

    The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
    Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich
    Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion
    Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
    Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender
    The Returned – Jason Mott
    The Time Traveler’s Wife -Audrey Niffenegger
    The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz
    Beyond the Pale – Mark Anthony

  25. ellenfhummel

    Just read this post and couldn’t resist making my own list. I like that it’s not a favorites list, or lifechanging titles, but instead it’s the ones I think about most often. Fun!

    Here they are:

    The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
    Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
    Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
    Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    All the President’s Men, Woodward and Bernstein
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
    Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
    Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller
    Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

  26. ladbank

    Here is my ten that begins in elementary school and I’m now 52 working on a novel of my own:

    LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET

  27. jkyoung

    Here’s my list (a few going back to my childhood) in no particular order:
    1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    2. Time and Again by Jack Finney
    3. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (read this in 3rd grade & realized how a writer’s words could paint a vivid picture in my mind: “I placed the muzzle to Yeller’s head and pulled the trigger”)
    4. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    5. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
    6. The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key (another YA book from the 60’s that thrilled me)
    7. On Writing (2000) by Stephen King
    8. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott
    9. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne Lamott
    10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  28. QuietRebel

    Ten books I’ve read that have stayed with me after I read them:
    1. The Bible- The Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit
    2. The Fellowship of the Ring- JRR Tolkien
    3. The Shining Company- Rosemary Sutcliff
    4. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
    5. Beowulf- Seamus Heaney
    6. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle- Avi
    7. Writing Magic – Gail Carson Levine
    8. Mara, Daughter of the Nile- Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    9. The Snow Goose- Paul Gallico
    10. The Outsiders- S. E. Hinton

  29. Rupa

    100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Dracula – Bram Stoker
    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
    On Writing – Stephen King
    Lord of the Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien
    The Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist
    Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
    American Gods – Neil Gaiman
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
    The Sandman #19 – Neil Gaiman
    (I wanted to list the entire Sandman series but there are 75 comic books altogether and my husband said I can’t do that so I have only listed my favorite issue)

  30. Katherine Smits

    Most of mine have already been mentioned but here they are:
    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
    Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell
    Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Stand Stephen King
    The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
    Green Darkness Anya Seton
    Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
    Dune Frank Herbert
    Prince of Tides Pat Conroy

  31. Matthew

    No particular order.

    1. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter – Jana Oliver
    2. The Devouring – Simon Holt (This gave me nightmares for weeks)
    3. Born at Midnight series – C.C. Hunter
    4. Marked and House of Night series – P.C. and Kristin Cast
    5. Divergent – Veronica Roth
    6. The Awakening – Kelly Armstrong
    7. Fallen series – Lauren Kate
    8. Blue Bloods and series – Melissa De la Cruz
    9. Eragon series – Christopher Paolini
    10. Blood Oath – Christopher Farnsworth

  32. tunesmiff

    Tough calls, but I think I’ve narrowed ‘em down a bit… going back to when the hair was darker… and fuller…

    1. A CONFEDERATE GENERAL FROM BIG SUR – Richard Brautigan
    2. ATLAS SHRUGGED – Ayn Rand
    3. 1984 – George Orwell
    4. THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    5. TORTILLA FLAT – John Steinbeck
    6. THE ILLUSTRATED MAN – Ray Bradbury
    7. DRAWING AS A MEANS TO ARCHITECTURE – William Kirby Lockard
    8. MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN – H.F. Saint
    9. TWENTY THOUSAND ROADS: THE BALLAD OF GRAM PARSONS AND HIS COSMIC AMERICAN MUSIC – David N. Meyer
    10. I ROBOT – Issac Asimov

  33. JMBJD

    Never pass up a chance to accept a challenge that requires no hard thinking! Here’s the 10 that came to mind first:
    1. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    2. Daughter of Earth, Agnes Smedley
    3. Round House, Louise Erdich
    4. A Lost Lady, Willa Cather
    5. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett
    6. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    7. The Stand, Stephen King
    8. Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    9. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
    10. Oh the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss
    Love this natural “must read” list — wow, Harper Lee rocks!

    1. tunesmiff

      Dr. Seuss… he’d-a been all 10 if I’d-a let him… :-)

      And I liked the first half of THE STAND – scarier than just about anything I’ve read, especially today…

      g

  34. Buddy Cushman

    Fear and Loathing On the Campaign Trail 72 – Hunter Thompson
    The Light Inside the Dark – John Tarrant
    A Morning For Flamingos – James Lee Burke
    Walden – Henry David Thoreau
    Walking the Dog – Walter Mosely
    Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
    On Writing – Stephen King
    A Boy’s Life – Robert McCammon
    Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone
    In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead – James Lee Burke

  35. msandula

    In no particular order:

    1. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Ken Kesey
    2. “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck
    3. “The Pale King,” David Foster Wallace
    4. “1984,” George Orwell
    5. “The Fountainhead,” Ayn Rand
    6. “The Stranger,” Albert Camus
    7. “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury
    8. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Mark Haddon
    9. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee
    10. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” Robert M. Pirsig

    1. tunesmiff

      Oh, yeah… ZEN AND THE ART…

      Read an “alternate” take on this titled PRAYER AND THE ART OF VOLKSWAGEN MAINTENANCE by Donald Miller… a similar road story, but with a different focus…

  36. johnrushing

    1. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    2. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    3. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    4. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    5. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
    6. Mating by Norman Rush
    7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    8. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
    9. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
    10. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

  37. madejesus

    So hard to list just ten, but here goes (in no particular order):

    Harriett the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
    Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
    The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  38. authorjackm

    I have so many books that have stayed with me, it’s almost impossible to come up with “only” 10. Nevertheless, here is my list:

    THE REDISCOVERY OF MAN, collection of all the short stories of Cordwainer Smith
    TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE by Robert A. Heinlein
    THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
    PALE GRAY FOR GUILT by John D. MacDonald
    DUBLINERS by James Joyce
    SIX OF ONE & BINGO by Rita Mae Brown
    THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
    OLD BOYS by Charles McCarry
    BERLIN NOIR trilogy by Philip Kerr
    IMPOSSIBLE THINGS by Connie Willis

        1. Virginia

          LOL. This is too true! I didn’t read replies before doing my list so as not to taint my response. Now I’ve rewritten mine however many times there are replies, as I read and think “Oh YEAH, that one, too!”

  39. mofish417

    1. Cutting For Stone
    2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    7. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    8. Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume
    9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
    10. Atonement by Ian McEwan

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