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

Recently a friend challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. Here's my list. What's on yours?
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Recently 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."

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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.

As a bonus, anyone who posts before Wednesday, September 10, 2014, will be entered in a random drawing to win a copy of our special 2014 Novel Writing Guide, a 130-page super-bookazine with tips and advice on what agents wants, how to craft a solid (but flexible) outline, getting you from first draft to final draft and more. (NOTE: If you purchase a copy right now, I'll find something equally valuable to send your way if you win!)

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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