kazdreamer had a post yesterday about her all-time favorite books and opened it up for others to post their list on their blog or in the comment trail. While running errands yesterday, I kept pulling out a notebook and jotting down my own list, trying to figure it out. Boy was this hard.
Anyway, I figured I’d post it here because I find the lists in the comments so interesting.
These are in no particular order and with excessive commentary:
1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Seriously, no other book made me an obsessive fangirl like this one did. I’ve read/listened to the entire series at least 6 times now. Well, except Breaking Dawn, I only read that one once.
2. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. I had a difficult time choosing this or The Handmaid’s Tale, but ultimately went with this because it’s the book that made me want to become a writer. The Handmaid’s Tale gets diluted in my mind because I spent all of senior year in HS writing a term paper thesis about dystopian fiction and so the book feels more like schoolwork still to me.
3. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle Definitely my fave book from my childhood.
4. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk I actually saw the movie before I read the book, but I had close to a religious experience being so moved by the prose. I didn’t know it was called "voice" at the time, but it really influenced my own writing and directly inspired me to write a short story that became my first sale. It’s called "Apathy" and there’s a link on my website. Plus I’m a sucker for existentialism.
4. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen She’s one of my favorite YA authors and this is my fave book by her. I am in love with Wes.
6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead I’ve blogged before about my love for this series. The author has guts and always manages to surprise me. I admire that.
7. Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning Another of my favorite current YA authors. I just adore the writing and the characters.
8. The End of the Affair by Graeme Greene Another book that seriously affected me in college and changed my perception about writing and life in general. I love the movie too.
9. That Night by Alice McDermott This one is just gorgeous. It’s another nostalgic one from my HS/college days that I read over and over.
10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Mr. Darcy. Enough said.
And just because they deserve recognition, here were the books I considered putting on the list:
Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis I just love how he literally starts us not even in the middle of the story but in the middle of a sentence! I love how the excessive POVs allow the reader to perceive the same scene in different ways. And all those POVs? Masterful.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The writing is gorgeous and I love the interesting POV, a collective first person instead of an individual.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller It’s a play, so I didn’t put it on the top 10, but I wanted to. I absolutely love this play.
Hamlet by Shakespeare This one seriously affected me in high school too when I went through my existential writing phase. My favorite line is when Hamlet holds up Yorick’s skull and says, "Tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come." It’s so beautiful and depressing at the same time.