Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Books I'll Always Remember

There's a meme going around about what books will you always remember and why. I love seeing what books matter to people and I thought I'd share some of mine. Here are ten books I'll never forget:

Ramona Quimby Age 8
This is the first book I checked out of the library by myself! I was in kindergarten. It was the first chapter book I ever read. I thought every chapter was a story because they had titles! At first I read them out of order, based on which one sounded most interesting, but then I figured it out. (Also cool, the grandmother's last name was Kemp!)


Bridge to Terabithia
And thus began my love for sad books where people die.

Inexplicably, this audio book was one that they played over the loudspeakers when we went to bed at school camp. Nothing like being 10, far from home in the middle of the woods, and listening to the story of a little girl who dies alone in the woods!


Tuck Everlasting
And thus began my love for sad books about immortal people who wish they could die.






Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
I think I read this book around 20 times between 4th and 6th grade.






A Wrinkle In Time
Thus began my love for all things time travel, sci-fi, and fantasy.







Pet Semetary
The first truly scary book I read. I was 12 and I made the mistake of reading it one night when I was home alone.






The Stand
It was over 1000 pages! And awesome.







Interview With A Vampire
The first truly dark and emotionally complex book I ever read. And of course the beginning of my love for vampires!






All The Pretty Horses
I loved John Grady Cole so much that I didn't want to read the next book because I couldn't bear to see him go through the changes I knew would come and turn him into a grizzled cowboy. Plus, it was the book that taught me there are no rules when it comes to writing a book. Want to write would of instead of would've? Hate commas? Go for it!


The Time Traveler's Wife
Did I mention that time travel is one of my favorite things in the world? Plus, sad books where true love faces inevitable doom? This book will break my heart forever.





What about you? What are some books that you'll remember forever?

7 comments:

tymcon said...

I think i'll do one of my own ten books i'll always remember on my blog:P

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Riff, Remember by Lynn Hall.
Follow My Leader by James garfield
The Princess and the Goblin
Anything by John Saul

Those are my favorites from growing up. :-)

Karlinha said...

So many books^^

Holley said...

good list! I think i'm going to do one of my own :)
I loved bridge to terabithia.
And Tuck Everlasting.
The Stand?? My favorite book of all time. Ever.
:)

Lisa said...

Are You There God... is one of my all time favorites, too :)

My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I may be able to recite it from memory at this point.

Belle said...

Great list! I read and reread Wrinkle in Time so many times! Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, the Betsy Tacy stories, Narnia - there are so many!

Tess Cox said...

The Clue in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene...My first Nancy Drew book that opened my eyes to the fact that a GIRL could do smart, strong things and seek adventure. It's how I've tried to live my life!

Gone with the Wind...read it night after night under the covers with a flashlight on school nights in the 6th grade! No wonder I couldn't get out of bed the next day! it was my first introduction to desire, sex, passion, and frustration...I hated, hated, hated Scarlett O'Hara by the end because she SO didn't deserve Rhett! I've been looking for MY Rhett ever since. That story ruined me.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles...taught me to see tragedy as a real consequence of foolhardy choices and made me determined not to have my own adventure marred by them.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy...changed my life. I've re-read it (in part or in whole) every year since I read it as a teenager. It has been a light in dark places.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle...forever locked me in to the space/time continuum and sewed the seeds of sci-fi fantasy in my heart forever...and it spoke to my own religious background and taught me that science and religion can walk hand in had in good fiction...which gave me comfort. I grew up loving science, and God, and have often found ways to marry the two as a scientist...this book was the beginning of that discovery process for me.

I read The Stand in college and still have a first edition! Loved it...

Thank you for this topic! I enjoyed reminiscing!

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