Hello, hello! I haven’t been feeling 100% the last couple of days, so I thought I would make today’s post short and simple. We all have books or movies or songs or works of art or whatever that stick with us. You know the ones. Those things that we randomly think of even though we haven’t seen or thought of them in years. The things that pop up in our lives at the most unexpected of moments. They helped shape who we are today, for better or worse. That’s what I’m going to talk about today. Namely, the books or series that have stuck with me.
1. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. It was the first book I remember reading that I didn’t actually have to read. Pretty much everything by King sticks with me, though.
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I don’t think there’s anyone around my age who wasn’t at least exposed to Harry Potter. It’s one of those series that keeps surprising you, even after you’ve read it for the third time.
3. Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki. I know it’s a manga (Japanese graphic novel) series, but it taught me so much growing up. I learned that, sometimes, the cruelest of demons comes packaged as an angel, and vice versa.
4. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I honestly don’t even remember liking this book, but I find myself thinking about it quite often. It’s one of those books that I’m afraid to read again, in case it ruins the nostalgia.
5. The Seance by Joan Lowery Nixon. This is another of those books that I haven’t read since I was small (it was my first “pick your own book” book report in elementary school). It was my first foray into the whole spooky mystery thing.
6. Ransom by Lois Duncan. Again, this was something I read in elementary school. It was the first book I remember reading that had a disabled kid. He wasn’t in a wheelchair or anything, but he was different from everyone else and it was strange to see someone else deal with that kind of stuff.
7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I fell in love with Gaiman’s writing because of this book. It will always hold a special place in my heart, even if some of his other stuff was less than impressive.
8. Anne of Green Gables and most of the other Anne Shirley books by L.M. Montgomery. Yes, I went through a stage where reading about the everyday antics of Anne entertained me. I still think of her fondly every once in a while.
9. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. This is another series that forced me to ask questions. It makes me think. I come back to it a lot when I’m thinking of religion and all that.
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been exposed to this title thanks to the movies, but that’s not how I know it. For me, it will always be that short, fun read that opened up the fantasy door.
What about you? What are some of the books that have stayed with you over the years? Feel free to list them here or on my social media accounts.