Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fifteen Books that Will Always Stick with You?

I was looking through my "old" FB page and found this from a few years back. If I was doing this today, November 12, I would definitely add a particular audio book to the list. But these were my choices then when this was going around FB(see rules below):

1) To Kill a Mockingbird –Harper Lee

2.) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

3.) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

4.)Five Families – Oscar Lewis

5.) Animal Farm – George Orwell
6.)Sharpe’s Sword – Bernard Cornwell
7.) A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern – Kirk Varnedoe

8.) A Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

9.)A Great Deliverance – Elizabeth George

10.) Versos Sencillos - Jose Marti

11). A Separate Peace – John Knowles

12.) Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2nd version)- DH Lawrence

13.)Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

14.)Future Shock – Alvin Toffler

15.)Possession – A.S. Byatt

Looking back several of my choices are books I read when I was a student. Funny they still stick in my mind.

What are some of the books that will always stick with you?

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall.


  1. Jane Austen is a definite no no for me :) For me she's a symbol of superficiality and vanity. But I do love the deep satire in ANIMAL FARM, and the psychological aspect of WUTHERING HEIGHTS :) Cornwell also has nice books, my friend translated a number of his books and I lent him a help :) It's not easy translating his medieval things :)

  2. 1. Little Women. 2. Heidi. 3. North and South. 4. Pride & Prejudice. 5. The Murder of Roger Acroyd. 6. Angela's Ashes. 7. I Robot. 8. 1984. 9. A Town Like Alice. 10. Love is Eternal. 11. Black Like Me. 12. Slaughterhouse five. 13. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits? 14. The Stone Angel. 15. The Source.

  3. @Dezz I like Cornwell, and have read several of his books besides the Sharpe series. Interesting your comment about translating his books. Dezz! Give Jane Austen another chance! Thanks dear Dezz.

    @Phylly3 YES! Thank you so much for your list of books. Several I have also read. North and South of course,is also a favorite of mine, and Angela's Ashes was a beautiful but difficult book to get through, I couldn't bring myself to see the film. But several are new to me, and now I'm curious to find out more about them, Love is Eternal is one.

  4. @Fabolaktuko - Angela's Ashes was special to me because even though it told of a young boy's difficult childhood in grinding poverty with an alcoholic father, it told it with such flashes of real humanity and humour and a narrative that included the dialect where I could actually hear the characters' voices. The movie was a total flop because there was no humour in it at all! When I read the book my husband thought I was going insane because I would be crying and then I would turn a page and start laughing uproariously. So of course, he had to read it too. We still occasionally refer to each other as "eejits" (idiots) just for fun!
    Love is Eternal was about the marriage of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd. I went through a phase where I was fascinated by Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. I wish I knew more about my country's Prime Ministers, but they don't seem as colourful somehow.

  5. Thanks Phyllis for sharing your thoughts about Angela's Ashes, the book and the movie. I'm glad now I never saw the movie. Great story about your husband :) I would not have guessed Love is Eternal would have been about Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Though I share your thoughts that many US presidents have had fascinating lives I also think the international media attention and Hollywood films have had an influence as well in telling their stories :)


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