I’m sure by now you’ve seen the Facebook lists of the “10 books that have stayed with me.” I’m loving these posts in a way I haven’t loved anything on FB in a long time. I believe so strongly with Kathleen Kelly that when you read a book as a child it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does, and I believe so strongly in the power of words and books and ideas to transform your life and personality.
Reading someone’s 10 books list is better than having a one-on-one psychotherapy session with them.
You can quote me on that.
Also, you can now analyze me, because here’s my list in 5-4-3-2-1…
1. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
My much-quoted, well-known favorite book of all time. This book has done more for my unrealistic/realistic expectations of love than any other before or since. I read it for the first time in 24 hours and refused to put it down once I began. When my family forced me to go to the movies with them, I brought the book along…with a reading lamp.
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Can I just put the entire Harry Potter series? Is this a cop out? The third book, if I had to had to had to under pain of death had to choose, was probably the Harry Potter book that most affected me. I have the HUGEST crush on Sirius Black. Like if I were at a magical school and he were there, you better bet your bottom galleon I would make that boy love me.
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I cried and cry every time I read that Jo doesn’t end up with Laurie. Sobs. Shaking. Tears rolling down my cheeks. Love is cruel. Life is cruel. How can we go on?
4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne Shirley explained everything I needed to know about being a girl, being a dreamer, being a lover of life. NO JOKE Hilary and I are currently saving up for a trip to Prince Edward Island.
5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I used to have limits on how often I could read this book because after I finished I would go into fits of depression where I would languish on my bed, not wanting to speak to anyone except to yell, “HE’LL NEVER BE OKAY AGAIN!” and “ENDER WIGGIN IS MORE THAN ANY OF US CAN EVER HOPE TO BE!” (Let us never, ever speak of the movie, agreed?)
6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Speaking of poor movie adaptations, I actually walked out of the theater on this one. Oh Ella! Oh Char! I love love love you both. And that’s not hyperbole, that’s a book quote, duh.
7. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Do I really need to say anything about this one?
8. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
The funniest book I have ever read, and imagine I ever will read. I refuse to believe anything said in the third novel.
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I read Mr. Collins’s proposal scene aloud a few times a week, just for fun, and also because I find ways it applies to my life a few times a week, just for fun.
10. The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The very first novel that I wrote, way back in elementary school, was “The Chronicles of the Porcelain Doll,” a not-so-original spin on Lewis’s masterpiece. I spent hours writing this book, locked away with my spiral notebook, and when I finished I had a 70-page manuscript. I guess you could say The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was the novel that inspired me to write, which is really the greatest gift any book has ever given me.
What are the 10 books that have stayed with you?