Because I like to play along. First spotted at Uncle Crappy.
Here’s a list of ten books that have stuck with me, off the top of my head. If allowed to think about it, I wouldn’t be able to pick just 10.
1. Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood — It’s not only amazingly written, I often want to hand this out to people who don’t think “women’s issues” matter. And tell them to imagine their wife, sister, mother, or daughter had written it.
2. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery — I cry every time I read this book. Every. Damn. Time. Whether it’s the passage on taming, or the part about the roses, or the end: waterworks. It made reading this book to my daughters a little tricky.
3. Burger’s Daughter, Natalie Gordimer — I’ve been thinking of picking this one up again in the wake of Nelson Mandala’s death.
4. The Fionavar Tapestry (technically 3 books), Guy Gavriel Kay
5. Female Perversions, Louise Kaplan — Don’t get too excited. It’s non-fiction, not erotica.
6. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
7. This Sex Which Is Not One, Luce Irigaray — From my Women’s Studies days. *sighs fondly*
8. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
9. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut — I mean, duh.
10. Dien Cai Dau, Yusef Komunyakaa — I don’t know a more devastating book of poetry.
Honorable mention goes to The World According to Garp, John Irving. I would actually like to forget parts of this book.
Play along! Leave books in the comments, or do your own post and link back here so I can read them!