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15 Favorite Books


The Rules:
Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books (or series) which have influenced you and will always stick with you.
List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. In no particular order:

1. My Brother Sam is Dead, Collier and Collier

2. Little House on the Prairie Series, Ingalls Wilder

3. Harry Potter Series, Rowling

4. The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger

Books-15. The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne

6. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffenegger

7. The Deep End of the Ocean, Mitchard

8. The Notebook, Sparks

9. The Lightning Thief Series, Riordan

10. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Collins

11. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Frank

12. The Story Of America, from the US bicentennial era, I don’t have much information about it but I loved it

13. The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd

14. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Boyne

15. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini

I’ve stolen this prompt from Lynne McAennyl who used it in her blog. I’d love to hear what your favorites are, if not all 15 maybe just a top 5 or even 3. I’m sure Lynne would like to read about them as well.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

16 thoughts on “15 Favorite Books

  1. This was fun, and kind of hard. Plus, sometimes thinking of one book lead to another. Between that, and the fact that I’ve been avidly reading for more than 40 years and have certainly forgotten more than I remember, it probably isn’t….accurate. So here they are:
    To Sail Beyond the Sunset – Robert Heinlien
    Snowcrash- Neal Stephenson
    The Omnnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
    The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    A Hatful of Sky – Terry Pratchett
    The Tipping Point – Malcomb Gladwell
    The Cider House Rules – John Iving
    A Prayer for Owen Meanie – John Irving
    The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver
    Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
    Neuromancer – William Gibson
    The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
    The Crystal Cave series – Mary Stewart

    • I love that you took the time to post a complete list! Thank you. There are a few on there that impacted me as well, plus some on my to read list and others that weren’t on my radar at all. I love peeking into another person’s list. Thanks, Cheryl.

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  3. I have read so many books this will be a hard one.
    1. Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury
    2. Something Wicked This Way Comes – R. Bradbury
    3. The Illustrated Man – R. Bradbury
    4. The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
    5. The Art of French Cooking – Julia Child
    6. Cooking Gluten Free! – Karen Robinson – this book literally saved my life!
    7. The Art of cooking – Sara Paston-Williams
    8. Book of Shadows – Phyllis Curott
    9. Database Systems – C.J. Date
    10. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy (all 5 books) – Douglas Adams
    11. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett
    12. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    13. No Exit – John Paul Sartre
    14. All the books in the 2001 series – Isaac Asimov
    15. All the books in the dragon Rider’s of Pern series – Anne McCaffrey

    • I’m sensing some themes, Heather! Thanks for playing along. I love reading all the lists being generated. I think you and my son have some similar tastes. Question, though, weren’t the 2001 series book by Clarke? Or does Asimov have a similarly named series as well?

  4. Your right it is Arthur C. Clarke. I am for ever muddling Clarke and Asimov as I have read the majority of both their bibliographies. Thanks for keeping me straight! And cool blog!

  5. I couldn’t resist… =)
    1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
    2. Nineteen Minutes, Jody Piccoult
    3. The Hunger Games Series
    4. The Twilight Series (I know, I know….)
    5. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    6. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
    7. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    8. Little House on the Prairie Series (thanks for the idea!)
    9. Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton
    10. Thank You, Mr. Falker (Yep, that would be a kids book), Patricia Polacco
    11. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
    12. Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah
    13. Grayson, Lynne Cox
    14. Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals
    15. Fearless, Max Lucado

  6. Where to begin….sigh, I’ll start with children’s books of course.


    Wallace’s Lists by Barbara Bottner
    Any book by Partricia Polocco or Gary Paulsen
    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
    Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Mailing May by Mickael O.Tunnell
    Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse


    Tisha by Robert Specht
    These is My Words by Nancy Turner
    Hard subjects like Southern injustices found in The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Good Theif by Hannah Tinti
    Cold Sassy Tree and Leaving Cold Sassy both by Olive Ann Burns
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

    There are so many more. My favorite Fiction Genre is Historical Fiction.

  7. Oh my, this is going to be a hard one!! Let’s see:
    The Deep End of the Ocean
    Songs in Ordinary Times by Mary McGarry Morris
    The Secret Life of Bees
    Defending Jacob
    Thank You, Mr. Faulkner (or all of Patricia Polacco’s books)
    The Last Lecture
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    Sara’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
    Tara Road by Maeve Binchey
    The End of your Life Book Club
    The Fault in our Stars
    Stories from a Teacher by J. Flores
    Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    The Travelers Gift by Andy Andrews
    The Glass Castle

    I love reading everyone’s lists!!

  8. I forgot about Cold Sassy Tree. There are way to many to mention, I guess

  9. I love seeing how many people have enjoyed tackling this!
    Lots of different influences on any one of us.
    Thanks for following it up, folks.

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