Books that stuck

There’s a meme running around asking people to mention ten books that have stuck with you for whatever reason or which have been influential. I like the meme, so I’m joining in. I’m skipping over the little kids books I remember. These are in no particular order:

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

2. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

3. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

4. Nine Princes of Amber, Roger Zelazny

5. Aurora Leigh, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

6. Narnia books (that’s a cheat for all of them, but sue me).

7. Dracula, Bram Stoker

8. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey

9:  Sunshine, Robin McKinley

10. Deeds of Paksennarion, Elizabeth Moon

Tell me, what books have stuck with you?


  • Adrianne

    Cool idea! Mine are kind of eclectic…

    Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austin
    Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Foreigner – CJ Cherryh
    Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
    SwordDancer – Jennifer Roberson
    Wizard Hunters – Martha Wells
    Tinker – Wen Spencer
    Deeds of Paksennarion – Elizabeth Moon
    Tea with the Black Dragon – McAvoy
    Moonheart – Charles de Lint

      • Adrianne

        There was a time when I blasted through all of MacAvoy’s books two and three times. I *loved* the Damiano trilogy. But _Tea with the Black Dragon_ has stuck with me over the years, while I’ll have to go reread Damiano to remember what it was about.

        One line in TEA said that “oolong” meant “black dragon” in Chinese. (Mandarin?) When I was in Japan, I asked a Japanese friend if that was true. He stopped and studied the characters printed on the can in the vending machine and said, “This character means the color of a raven. And that one is dragon.” He hadn’t made the connection.

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