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In which I am meme-y

So, the book meme! It's been such fun to read everyone's lists -- some of them overlap considerably with mine, while others consist mostly of books I've never heard of. It amazes me what readers you all are, and it's such an education to be exposed to new and different authors. I do love books. Books books books. We might have had a contractor in two weeks ago to talk about putting built-in bookshelves in my room (and maybe if there's room, a window-seat under the window for Drinking Tea and Reading In/On. anemonen tagged me with it, so here we go!

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

1) Atlas Shrugged (Rand)
2) Lord of the Rings (what, like I need to tell you who it's by?)1
3) The Velveteen Rabbit (Williams)
4) The Fionavar Tapestry (Kay)2
5) Little Women (Alcott)
6) A Wizard of Earthsea (LeGuin)
7) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Shirer)
8) God Is Not Great (Hitchens)
9) Stories of Your Life and Others (Chiang)
10) On Writing (Stephen King) and Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail (Jackson)3

1. OK, technically this is a trilogy -- but that wasn't Tolkien's idea, it was his editor's, so I'm only counting it as one
2. OK, this one's a trilogy too, but hey, who's counting?
3. They're both about writing, so I figured I'd squish two in one


I in turn shall tag nursedarry, ennyousai, madeleone, perverse_idyll, ladyoneill, mundungus42, chthonya, amorette, irishredlass, teddyradiator and a_boleyn.

(If you've already done it, which I know a lot of people have, just put a link to your post in the comments so I can go look at it!)

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teddyradiator
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
I actually did it here:

http://teddyradiator.livejournal.com/270911.html

I actually wrote another one on FB that was much more detailed, but for the life of me, I can't find it!!


delphipsmith
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
Ah, yours is one of the lists that overlaps strongly with my own book loves: Island of the Blue Dolphins, Alas, Babylon, The Godfather (I found this on my mom's bookshelf when I was ten and wanted to read it but she took it away from me lol), Shogun, and OH YES The Stand!!! I'm actually working on a paper about The Stand for a conference next summer :)
teddyradiator
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
I am have not read many of Stephen King's books, but I revere him as a writer. I just finished the Dark Tower Series again. The first time I read it, I despised it. This time, I was enthralled by it. I don't know of another writer who brings me to my knees like King. His ability to turn a phrase is second to none.
davesmusictank
Sep. 17th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
I am currently reading The Third Reich, A New history by Michael Burleigh which is fascinating.
inamac
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
I did it in photography - here: http://inamac.livejournal.com/387894.html?view=2098230#t2098230

Though I may have another go with themed books.

anemonen
Sep. 17th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your list! I love seeing which books everyone's choosing. I must admit I've only read The Lord of the Rings of these, though.
haruhi_fan
Sep. 17th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've not been tagged but I like the topic I'll add it to my blog today, thanks! And don't worry counting the Lord of the Rings as 1 book-the way Tolkien wrote I'm sure he'd have wanted it as one huge book like Bilbo wrote himself in a nice hard cover. :) Thanks and take care!
delphipsmith
Sep. 17th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
He did, actually -- his publisher said nobody would buy a book that big. Ha, shows what HE knew! So this whole trilogy trend in fantasy can all be blamed on Donald Unwin :)
noeon
Sep. 21st, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
zomg such good books!

In addition to Tolkien, Fionavar also influenced me immensely. And the Earthsea novels.
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