A meme was going around on Facebook in early September, which I present as was assigned to me by my friend Ryan Cagle of Valancourt Books:
In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends, including me so I can see your list!
I followed the instructions, choosing ten books quickly to post. I was also putting my book collection back on the shelves at the same time, however, as we recently replaced carpeting in the house and everything had been in storage. This means that I came across other books that I read long ago, that influenced me greatly, that have been lost in my jumbled memory.
So I thought: why stick with 10 books? In this blog post, I’ll share 20 of the books that have stayed with me for one reason or another. Going beyond my Facebook post, I’ll also described the books in some detail and explain the effect they had on me. Feel free to share some of the books that have had an effect on you in the comments, if you are so inclined!
Before I begin, I should note that even this list isn’t a complete one! It is hard to choose the “most influential” books out of the many wonderful ones I’ve read. When I’ve written a blog post about the book, I link to my original post, as well.