I know it’s been a trend for a while to post the ten books that have stayed with you forever (if I remember correctly, it was a popular post on Facebook a few years back). But I don’t think I’ve ever posted my ten books on this blog – or anywhere else, for that matter. The closest I’ve come is the top ten books I’m thankful for, which I posted a few weeks ago around Thanksgiving. You should check out that post as well, since it’s a surprisingly different list.
Somehow I missed Noirfire’s tag, but I’ve finally caught up, and I’m excited to do The Forever Book Tag! Here are the rules for this tag: List 10 books that have stayed with you forever, or at least since you have read them. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. You don’t have to justify why you are choosing these books. They don’t have to be great works of literature, just books that have affected you in some way. Show others what books mean the world to you.
So here are the top ten books that have stuck with me:
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. I can’t pick just one of them. I’ve read the entire series probably around twelve times, and I don’t think I will ever stop.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you’ve read this, you’ll know why. It’s an incredible book – both the story and the writing.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think I was too young to fully understand this when I first read it (I think I was about 13). But I’m pretty sure this was my first experience with dystopian literature, and in the years since, it’s made me think more deeply about censorship and nonconformity.
- 1984 George Orwell. I absolutely love this book! I don’t think you can read 1984 and be completely unaffected by it.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is the book that made me fall in love with classic literature.
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Johnathan Safran Foer. I’ve read this book twice, and cried both times. It’s such an amazing, unique book that addresses a terrible event in a very touching way.
- Matilda by Roald Dahl. Matilda was probably the character I identified with most as a child – I was a big reader in a family that didn’t really get it (for the most part). I think it helped me appreciate reading more and I kind of loved being the weird, nerdy kid because of it.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. This series was my pre-Harry Potter obsession, and I will always love it.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. While I absolutely love the story, I think it’s the beautiful writing that stuck with me most after I finished this book.
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This book is just incredibly inspiring – in case you don’t know, Malala was shot in the face by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education and recently became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner for continuing to advocate for girls’ education, especially in countries like Pakistan, where she is from.
It was actually a lot more difficult than I thought it’d be to come up with these books! Let me know what books have stuck with you.