Do you have a special book list?
You know, a list of books that reached you deeper or affected you more strongly than other books? Not just good books, or books you loved, but books that changed you? I just read one that will be added to my list, so it got me thinking. I thought I’d share some of those books with you.
Not all of these are great literature. At least a few really aren’t very well-written at all in retrospect. Some of them are heart-breakingly beautiful. Some of them represent some part of my history. All of them are just stories that for one reason or another gave me something I needed at the time that I read them. All of them feel just a little more mine than other books.
Nancy Drew (the whole series), by Carol Keene
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Don’t Hurt Laurie, by Willo Davis Roberts
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Stand, by Stephen King
The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
The Chronicles of Narnia (the whole series), by C.S. Lewis
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Fat Kid Rules the World, by K. L. Going
Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt
The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Flowers in the Attic (the whole series), by V. C. Andrews
The book that I added to my list this week, the only one so far this year, is Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma. Forbidden was a difficult book, with very difficult and uncomfortable themes, but it was also very raw and true and it shifted something inside me. It’s actually interesting to me to look at this list, and see that many of them have pretty traumatic themes. I don’t usually like books that make me feel negative feelings so strongly. But then, sometimes, one comes along and it won’t let me go.
So, which books are on your list? Which ones dig in and won’t let you go?