But then I grew sad. That day will never be forgotten and too many innocent people lost their lives.
All my life, I’ve used reading as a distraction. I love to slip into another world and relish a book that refuses to allow me to go back to the real world until I finish every last word. So I started thinking about my favorite books.
There’s a challenge going around social media to name the ten books that have stuck with you in some way. I was tagged two weeks ago when I was battling a stomach virus and too sick to make my list. But the idea latched onto my brain and wouldn’t let go.
Ten books? I had to narrow the list down to ten? It was a frightening thought. Many, many books have stuck with me over the years. And some not always for good reasons. I still remember reading a ‘classic’ book that will remain unnamed for a high school class. Not only did I have to read it, but the teacher played us a recorded (on an actual record player) version. It was absolute torture. Yeah, that book has stuck with me, but I don’t want to include it on my list.
1. Night Shift by Stephen King – This is a short story collection and the first book I ever read by the horror master. The story, “I Am The Doorway”, about the astronaut who has eyeballs pop out on his hands still freaks me out. My fingers are itching as I type this.
2. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – The first book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. I read the book for Martin’s characterization. He is a genius at weaving a story by having multiple point of view characters move the entire story forward. And after reading the first book, I got hooked. I’m currently reading book three, A Storm of Swords, have watched the TV show, and even made a Game of Thrones feast. See my story about the food here.
3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I LOVE these books. I love the characters, the plot, the worldbuilding, the dialogue, the good vs. evil. My favorite book in the series is Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. This book is the middle of the series where Harry has to compete in the Triwizard challenge, deal with Hermoine’s SPEW, and Voldemort returning to his body. And the funny thing is, it was my least favorite movie. (Don’t get me started on books made into movies, that’s a post for another time.)
4. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – This book shows the King Arthur legend from a different perspective, that of the women. The descriptions are lush and vivid told through the eyes of women in a very masculine world.
5. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston – This non-fiction book came out after the first big Ebola crisis. My overactive writer brain can imagine pandemics everywhere and with everything. I remember being scared to get on an airplane after reading this book. And I’m not entirely over that yet. When I do fly, I make sure the air vent is off and not hitting me in the face.
6. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks) – I read this book when I was twelve or thirteen. I was shocked and fascinated by the life the unnamed teen lives. I still wonder if the book was a complete work of fiction or if Ms. Sparks based the diary entries on those from a real girl.
7. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien – Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Wizards, Orcs, a magic ring, what’s not to love?
8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews - This book haunted me. The cruelty the children endured still makes my stomach twist.
9. The Kadin by Bertrice Small – The first romance book I ever read. I swiped it from my mother’s bookcase and was hooked on the genre.
10. Swan Song by Robert McCammon – I read this when I was about fifteen and it scared me. This was the first post apocalyptic book I had ever read. And wow. If I’d had the money, I would have become a prepper and outfitted a bunker back in the 1980’s. (Makes note to self to increase survival supplies besides the current plastic tub in the basement.)
I want to reread a few of these now! I’d love to see some of the books that have touched your heart, soul, mind while digging their literary claws in and refusing to be forgotten.