Saturday, September 13, 2014

Top 10 books that stayed with me

So, I was tagged by Soumi Roy to list the top 10 books that stayed with me/ influenced me at some point or other. In no particular order:

1.       My side of the mountain, By Jean Craighead George –
After reading this book, I got my grandma to buy me a rabbit skin and I made very detailed plans to move out and live in the woods.

2.       Island of the Blue Dolphins, By Scott O'Dell –
Another lone survival story. I used to build forts in the woods in my back yard. Still planning on living out there on my own.

3.       Child of the Wolves, By Elizabeth Hall (Wife of Island of the Blue Dolphins author, Scott O'Dell! Which I didn’t know till now.) –
My favorite animal is a wolf, so I went through a huge wolf reading phase. I think this was the first book I ever bought at one of those scholastic things.

4.       Stone Fox, By John Reynolds Gardiner –
A pretty sad story, I think I read it in fourth grade? Maybe fifth? I can’t remember if we read this for class or not…

5.       Lord of the Flies, By William Golding –
After we read this in school, I got back into the survival type stories, and also planning to live in the woods alone again

6.       The Girl Who Owned the City, By O.T Nelson-
Not sure how I came across this book, but ever since I read it, I’ve always remembered that can openers are very important in a post-apocalyptic world.

7.       Memoirs of a Geisha, By Arthur Golden –
I got the paperback of this book at a yard sale for 25 cents after my 8th grade economics teacher told me about it. She knew I liked the Asian culture (I was really into anime and manga at the time)

8.       Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones –
I read this because the Miyazaki movie was coming out and I wanted to compare. It was the first time I noticed how many threads could be weaved into one story.

9.       The Twilight Series, By Stephanie Meyer –
I went a long time without reading anything, and then I had a long commute to work and figured I should see what the big deal was. This series kind of gave me the jump start needed.

10.   The Harry Potter series, By JK Rowling –
I was late to the boat with this one too. I was given a copy of the first book when it came out, read the first chapter, but never finished. I went back and read the whole series straight out after it came out, and I’m kind of glad I didn’t have to go through all the waiting? :P

                You can probably see a sort of pattern here. Kids surviving on their own and wolves. I had to do a bit of digging for titles and authors since the books that really stuck with me were books I read in middle school.