13 Books That Made a Lasting Impression

12  13 Books That made a Lasting Impression

Most of us have read a lot of great books; in fact, I’ve read so many, I can’t possibly name them all here. Some are classics, some bestsellers, some indie, but all charged with energy that still resonates so powerfully that  I’ll never forget their titles or storylines.

When you think about it, most books stay with us for a reason – something going on in our lives at the time we read them, we connect with the characters on an emotional level, or they’re simply so entertaining that we’re taken away, whisked into another world we enjoy so much, we hate for the book to end.

Here’s my list of 13 books in random order (I had to make it a baker’s dozen). Tell me about some of the books from your list in comments or on Facebook. You never know – we might have some of the same selections:

Octavia Butler’s “Kindred” (strong heroine)

“The Twilight Saga” (strong heroine)

Tananarive Due’s “My Soul To Keep”

NIV Bible (first time I actually understood)

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

“The Count of Monte Cristo”

Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (hated the movie, though – too dismal)

“Lord of the Flies”

Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel’s Legacy” series (beautiful prose, strong heroine [her weakness becomes her strength], and excellent treatise of gray areas in each of us)

“Chronicles of Narnia”

Christine Feehan’s “Carpathian” series (yes, the entire series – inspired me to write professionally)

Nalini Singh’s “Arch Angel” series (again, all of it)

J.R. Ward’s “Blackdagger Brotherhood” series (some more than others, but yeah, pretty much all of these, too)

So, I might have cheated a bit with the four entire series, but feel free to do the same J


Abigail Owen said…
Love your list. I'd add:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (movie coming out - can't wait!)

Ender's Game (the movie didn't do it justice)

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Unknown said…
My whole list would also be huge, but to name a few:

• Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Marquez. I can't forget the opening sentence: "On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on." The rhythm of the plot is amazing.

• Creation by Gore Vidal. I've read this one when I was about fifteen, and I was so excited by Cyrus' journeys...

• Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. I swear I felt like I had killed the old woman myself (for a while). Book hangover for months.

• Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This one got me shocked and laughing out loud at the same time – for a long time.

• Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago. For his style (not sure how it works on the translation, but the original, in Portuguese, is simply awesome, a masterpiece).

• Macunaíma by Mário de Andrade. I've read this one during high school, and probably I'm the only one who enjoyed this reading at that age. By this book I understood the concepts of Modernism, and it also totally changed the way I see my own country, Brazil.

Great discussion, Dariel! :)
Dariel Raye said…
All of those titles sound great, Abigail! I've read "Ender's Game" and "The Red Tent," too :-) Haven't seen the movie, "Ender's Game" yet, but not surprised it didn't do the book justice - they seldom do! I'll have to check out "Unbroken and Nefertiti."
Dariel Raye said…
Hey, Renata :-) I think I remember reading "Creation," but it must have been way back for me, too. I've read Vidal's "Messiah." It's satirical and true at once in an irreverent sort of way. LOL I plan to read more of his essays, though. Brilliant mind.