10 Books That Have Stayed With Me!



The Rules: in your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard–they don’t have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Along with each, I’ve included a short message of what they taught me or why they stayed with me. Here we go:

1. Green Angel by Alice Hoffman (Taught me that a character can survive and rise out of grief after losing everything they once had)

2. Curtain by Agatha Christie (The crafting of a fantastic mystery and how to make her protagonist and the last book of a long series go out with a bang)

3. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (That experimentation, wanderlust, and a sense of adventure can have their humorous sides as well as their dark ones)

4. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (That historical non-fiction, if written very well, can be exciting and engaging!)

5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (A well-rounded, well-crafted story that shows that life isn’t always fair)

6. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Simply put; it’s a wonderful story)

7. Jaws by Peter Benchley (It’s a cross between literary and genre fiction, and it’s memorable, compelling, and a classic)

8. The Alienist by Caleb Carr (Incredibly written, intricate, and tells a great dark story.)

9. Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (The book that made me want to write about vampires. The young adult fiction taught me about world-building, about characterization, and that every character has a story that matters.)

10. The Lost World by Michael Crichton (The book was my first foray into techno-science fiction and thrillers in general. It taught me about switching POV’s and knitting a story together through all of them.)

Now it’s your turn! What are 10 books that have stayed with you over the years? How have they influenced your writing? Comment and tell me!


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