There was a tag going around Facebook to make a status listing the 10 books that you thought had the biggest impact on you. It was later termed the #bookbucket challenge, which is…just… what?!
I made a list and I immediately regretted every single thing on that list and I thought of a large number of other books that impacted me more. I zeroed in on the reason, and it is that 10 is just too small a number. I So, I’ve given it a great deal of thought and decided to list the top 25 instead.
Here’s that list:
- Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton
- The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters by Enid Blyton
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
- Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery
- Matilda, by Roald Dahl
- Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
- Ready or Not by Meg Cabot
- Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- A Little Princess by Frances Hogdsen Burnett
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- One L by Scott Turow
- Bossypants by TIna Fey
- This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- A Palace of Illusions by Chitra Divakaruni
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
- Bitter Chocolate by Pinki VIrani
Uhh… If this list seems random, it’s because some of these are books that just showed me what writing can do if the author is good enough, and nothing inspires me more to do what I really want to do, which is to be a writer.
So there we have it. No changes. No takesies-backsies. Promise.