The ten book challenge has been going around Facebook. I already gave my ten books answer there, but a quick little list didn’t seem to do those books justice. If you’ve missed it, the idea is to write down the titles of ten books that have stayed with you in some way. They don’t necessarily have to be the ten best books you’ve ever read, or your ten favorite books. You’re supposed to list ten that come to mind quickly.
I’ve really enjoyed reading the lists that have been generated as a result of this challenge, and I’m taking note of titles that keep popping up. My original list (done quickly, as the challenge requested) is as follows:
I wrote my first huge term paper on this book, and spent a lot of time thinking about Holden Caulfied and his life.
I read this book in the sixth grade, and it was the first book that I literally couldn’t put down. I read until the middle of the night to finish it.
I sat down on the couch one rainy Saturday afternoon and cried my eyes out.
I read this at summer camp when I was about 12 during the daily enforced 30 minute silent “rest” time after lunch.
This is possibly the most beautifully written and haunting book I’ve read.
The time travel and the fully dimensional characters have intrigued and stayed with me.
I was right there with Katniss every step of the way. A glorious, exhilarating read.
My second grade teacher read us the first book, and I was hooked. I saved my money and bought the whole series, which still has a place of honor on my bookshelf.
I read this one in fifth grade and was completely taken into Sam’s world. The setting description is phenomenal.
A mystery, a family story, and an all around wonderful book. A book that makes you question what you would do.
As I’ve read other lists, I keep thinking about more books that have stayed with me, and I’d like to add an additional ten. I hope you’ll indulge me.
A Holocaust story that is incredibly personal and different from so many others. Impossible not to be moved.
A memoir of struggle and triumph done is a graphic, almost scrapbook style.
So many lessons in this one, and a beautiful dog too.
This is a huge story, done so carefully and beautifully as it takes you though history to a modern mystery. Stunning writing.
Slavery in New York City at the dawn of the American Revolution. Laurie Halse Anderson is an incredible writer, and her historical fiction, in particular, is genius.
An inspiring book about doing much with little for kids who have almost nothing.
A quirky love story with characters who you feel like you know.
Ok, I don’t know if cookbooks count, but this one has so many great recipes in it, I had to include it. It’s my go-to cookbook.
Sure, it’s silly. But what a terrific little book, full of humor and wit and prep lore and wisdom.
Lessons to learn in a beautifully written story. Stunning.
Please share your list with me in the comments. Writers are readers, after all, so let’s share the book love.