10 Books9:56 PM
You've probably seen it going around on Facebook. "List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way." I saw it too, was tagged by a couple of friends, and have decided to post my ten here. (Because something bookish should take its place alongside my other writing/reading musings.)
Some of my favorites are listed here, and others that have impacted me. (FYI, I didn't include The Bible, because that one is so obvious and above anything else I've listed.)
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - This book introduced me to magical lands, and helped awaken my love for the Lion. Of course, the whole series is a masterpiece.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - The first of Alcott's books that I read, and Jo March stirred the desire to be a writer within me. Alcott remains one of my favorite authors, and I have read all of her novels.
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - This book made me believe in fairies, and never want to grow up. Masterfully, beautifully written. If I could be any character in a book, I'd be Wendy, and fly off with Peter for a long, long time.
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - In elementary school, I extensively studied the Civil Rights Movement, and was fired up with a desire to bring justice and equality to all people. Everything Taylor put her pen to is superb.
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery - We basically share the same brain. And Montgomery (I've read her every novel) captures moments like photographs. She knows how to get into one's soul.
- Songs Out of Doors by Henry van Dyke. Poems that are prayerful, peaceful, aching, lovely.
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit - This book helped me come to grips with life and death in a strangely comforting way. So moving and thought provoking.
- Beyond Ourselves by Catherine Marshall - A title that changed my view of God and my life's purpose.
- Christy by Catherine Marshall - A work based on Marshall's mother's life, this is one of the few pieces of "Christian fiction" that I can stand. It's profoundly touching without being preachy.
- Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller - This book changed the way I view myself and the world.