Patty (woodycakes) wrote,

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10 Books I Have Read That Stayed with Me in Some Way

I got tagged on Facebook by (Miss) Angel and I thought that it would be nice to expand on it here. I wasn't an early reader. My older sister was. I mostly watched TV and I don't remember reading a lot as a kid. But I did have a couple of Sweet Valley books. But it all changed sometime in grade school to early high school when I found myself saving up for books and hanging out at the YA section of Fully Booked -- and I haven't stopped since.

  • Emma by Jane Austen (1815)
    Though I do love me some Pride and Prejudice, I do love Emma and seeing Emma Woodhouse transform into a less shallow person was always such a treat. Plus, I really like Mr. Knightley.

  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (1987)
    My introduction to Murakami and it was because I found the cover compelling. I ended up reading more of his books and it's always nice to read Asian literature. I need to catch up on his newer work.

  • Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding (1996)
    My intro to chick lit and through a Brit at that. It was difficult to read at first given I didn't understand most of the slang, but it was fun to see how Marc Darcy was based on Mr. Darcy and I really do love a diary format.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling(2000)
    It was difficult to choose a single book but I liked this one because you saw how the Muggle world was outside Hogwarts. Though I want to go Hogwarts, it's cool to know there are other schools I can apply to in case I don't get in.

  • Princess in Love by Meg Cabot (2001)
    This series made me want to read more and though it probably wasn't the first book I read, it was the series that made think, I could do a lot more of this. And Mia and Michael are definitely one of my ultimate OTPs, so it was cute to see them get someone in the way.

  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (2001)
    This book showed me that YA could be smart and well-written and really have a solid heroine who could pass a Bechdel test. Jessica Darling is so incredibly real to me, I feel like I want to be her best friend. Of course, Marcus Flutie is a bad boy you can't help but love.

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
    I read this book before dystopian was a thing and it's so lovely to read about British dystopian life without all the crazy violence and war. Plus, Ishiguro writes so eloquently and simply, it's always to read.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)
    It's nice to read other nationalities and their cultures and Stieg Larsson's gritty take on how terrible the treatment of women are in this Swedish novel really got

  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield (2008)
    I really liked her other books but somehow this fictionalised version of Laura Bush's life really got to me. It was nice to read and imagine which parts were true and which were just really stretched out. I need to read her latest book already.

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green (2012)
    Shockingly, I hadn't read a single book by John Green until this one and it got me started on reading all his work. This was depressingly awesome and I'm not sure when i can go back and read it again because it was too sad.

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