Wednesday, August 19, 2009

15 books-15 minutes

A fellow writer posed challenge to me recently.
In 15 minutes, can you name 15 books that made an impact on your life?

My timer is set and here I go:
  1. Grapes of Wrath
  2. A Taste of Blackberries
  3. Tuck Everlasting
  4. Richard Scarry-What Do People Do All Day?
  5. Of Mice and Men
  6. Are You There God Its Me Margaret
  7. Little House on the Prairie series
  8. Chronicles of Narnia
  9. Snow Falling on the Cedars
  10. Harry Potter series
  11. Success Principles
  12. 10 Secrets For Success and Inner Peace
  13. Secret Life of Bees
  14. On Writing
  15. Where the Sidewalk Ends
Now here is the same list and why/how they impacted my life.
  1. Grapes of Wrath: One of the first classic literature books I had to read in Jr. High. I found the story compelling and intense.
  2. A Taste of Blackberries-4th grade teacher read it to the class. Dealt with friendship and death
  3. Tuck Everlasting-Same teacher read this one. New take on living forever.
  4. Richard Scarry-What Do People Do All Day?-My dad would sit with us and we would give all the little characters new names and write them in the book.
  5. Of Mice and Men-Another classic I had to read.
  6. Are You There God Its Me Margaret-read as a teenage girl, book about teenage girl...
  7. Little House on the Prairie series-My first taste of historical fiction in elementary school
  8. Chronicles of Narnia-I was taken to another world. Dreamed of finding my own special land.
  9. Snow Falling on the Cedars-Well written literary novel.
  10. Harry Potter series-need I say more.
  11. The Success Principles-Helped me to give direction to my life.
  12. 10 Secrets For Success and Inner Peace-Helped me to stay grounded and centered.
  13. Secret Life of Bees-Great story, great writing--a thinking book
  14. On Writing-Stephen King is my new writing hero
  15. Where the Sidewalk Ends-showed that poetry can be fun.
Try this exercise. It is interesting to see which books come to mind first and then go back and think about why and how they impacted you. Do you see any patterns in your writing today that stem from your top 15 books?

What are your 15 books?


Janie said...

Your #2, 3, 10, & 13 would be on my list, too. I would add Christy and The Beloved Dearly.

Kerrie said...

Christy was a good book. I haven't read Beloved Dearly.

Anonymous said...

Great list, a quite a variety. I'll have to think of mine...
Planning on stopping by this Saturday to the open house. Hope to see you.

Anonymous said...

That should read *and* quite a variety. Oops.

Woodswoman d'Italia said...

Fifteen books - Fifteen minutes

In NO particular order (and on another day, I might think of some different ones, but I'd struggle to decide which of THESE I'd remove!):

1. Being Dead: Jim Crace

2. Yellow Raft in Blue Water - Michael Dorris

3. Five Smooth Stones - Ann Fairburn

4. Cider House Rules - John Irving

5. Come To Me (short stories) - Amy Bloom

6. The River of Doubt - Candice Millard

7. Deep Water Passage - Ann Linnea

8. Animal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver

9. In The Lake Of The Woods - Tim O'Brien

10. Maps to Anywhere - Bernard Cooper

11. Palimpsest - Gore Vidal

12. On Writing - Stephen King

13. The Human Stain - Philip Roth

14. A Slight Trick Of The Mind - Mitch Cullen

15. The Darling - Russell Banks

Kerrie said...

Woodswoman (aka Joannah)

Most of these titles are new to me. I will have to read some. Thanks for sharing.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Great topic. I posted my list on my blog and will share with all of you here:

Gone With the Wind (I read it as a teen when I was going through a difficult time in my family. It was a way for me to escape to another world. I read this book 13 times.)

Watership Down (The most imaginative and creative book I've ever read. My all-time favorite novel.)

Anne of Green Gables (Anne was everything I wanted to be: smart, funny, creative and adventurous. )

Roots (Fascinating story of Black history in America. Inspired the best TV miniseries ever created.)

On Writing (Best book about the craft of writing I've ever read.)

Chronicles of Narnia (Christian allegory at its best.)

Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis tackles apologetics brilliantly. )

Night (Elie Wiesel's biographical novel about his experience in a concentration camp. Heartbreakingly tragic.)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Inspired me to be a writer of life.)

The Kent Family Chronicles (John Jakes made American History exciting in this series of historical novels.)

A Christmas Carol (I read it every Christmas. It's become a tradition. I'm always amazed at how food is so highly prized in Victorian England. The family applauds when the main course is served. These people know how to enjoy their meals.)

White Fang (A wonderful story about love and hope. I'm a dog lover and this book inspired me to write my dog anthology.)

The Chosen (I learned a lot about the faith and practice of the Orthodox Jew. I also love stories where young people pursue their dreams, despite family opposition.)

Without Feathers/Getting Even/Side Effects (Woody Allen's collection of short stories and essays. Absolutely hilarious.)

The Bible (My daily bread.)

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