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Your Top 10 “Stuck with Me” Books

Friday, December 6, 2013

I saw this on Facebook and thought it would be a fun task for a stormy, wintery weekend.

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard—they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.

I’ll admit, I had to think a little harder than I expected to come up with a list that satisfied me (and a couple are series and one is a short story—click the cover images for more info). But it was fun, so I hope you’ll play along!


#10. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Click to read full story on Project Gutenberg

#9. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

#8. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

#7. Practically Seventeen by Rosamund Du Jardin
Practically Seventeen by Rosamund DuJardin

#6. Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood
Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood

#5. The Velvet Series by Jude Deveraux
Velvet Quadrilogy

#4. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

#3. White Jade by Willo Davis Roberts
White Jade

#2. Victoria by Willo Davis Roberts

#1. Persuasion by Jane Austen

  1. Carol permalink
    Friday, December 6, 2013 10:26 am

    This is really interesting. I saw this on FB as well and enjoyed reading some of the responses. I’ll come back and post my list later today.


  2. Dora permalink
    Friday, December 6, 2013 1:14 pm

    Wow. Here is my go at this list.

    1. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens–The first time I saw the story on stage, I was hooked. So hooked that I read it every year. It isn’t Christmas until Scrooge is redeemed.

    2. An Angel’s Story, by Max Lucado–An interesting story of the struggles Gabriel experienced in the Christmas story.

    3. Are You There, God. It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume–My first introduction to Judy’s work. I took this book with me everywhere and lost it. Always had rebuy it.

    4. The Princess, by Lori Wick–Love this book the first time I read it and love to reconnect with the characters every time I read it.

    5. Eragon Series–Not even going to try to spell his name. The world he created made me want to fly on a dragon, too.

    6. Harry Potter Series.–Who doesn’t want to save his world

    7. Left Behind Series–Each book made me more grateful I wouldn’t see any of it.

    8. The Lorax and other Dr. Suess–Looking back, I learned a lot from him.

    9. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham–Loved his story telling. Made me cry

    10. And the Angels were Silent, by Max Lucado–He Chose the Nails was my introduction to Max, but this book is where he really hooked me.


  3. Saturday, December 7, 2013 11:53 pm

    1. Star Wars Revenge of the Sith novelization, by Matthew Stover. After I finished Stover’s novelization, I knew who I wanted to write like: Matthew Stover. I still do.

    2. Little House on the Praire series, Laura Ingalls Wilder. I still remember going to the library and picking those books out.

    3. Nancy Drew, by Carolyn Keene. I borrowed my first Nancy Drew book from my aunt – and my love of reading began.

    4. A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    5. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Sydney’s sacrifice is one of the most moving acts in any literature I’ve read.

    6. American Girl books. I grew up on these. And yes, I had an American girl doll. 🙂

    7. Elsie Dinsmore, by Martha Finley. I liked these books a lot as a kid. I can’t say that I feel as deeply about them anymore; they;re definitely a product of their time.

    8. (River of Time Series) Cascade, by Lisa Bergren. This story blew my mind.

    9. The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare.

    10. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


  4. Sunday, December 8, 2013 9:34 am

    Hmm, these have stayed with me, but I don’t always like them!

    1. Bless the Beasts and Children, by Glendon Swarthout
    2. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    3. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (actually, just about anything by Sylvia Plath. I’m still haunted by one of her poems!!)
    4. Surfacing, by Margaret Atwood
    5. In The Presence of My Enemies, by Gracia Burnham
    6. Angela’s Tears, by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott
    7. Macbeth, by Shakespeare (and Hamlet, and Othello)
    8. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    9. Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
    10. Wuthering Heights, by Jane Eyre


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