Ten Books

This is a meme going around on Facebook, but I thought it would be fun to participate and encourage my readers to do the same.

What are 10 books that have changed your life? Why?

1. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner – This book changed me in the most basic way. I became a reader. I was a reluctant reader as a very young child, and when a kind teacher introduced me, I was hooked. I never stopped reading again.

2. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Schriever – Before I was a mother, this book moved me profoundly. As a mother and someone who lives with mental health issues, I’m afraid to read it again.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Such a deeply profound look at the way society loves and hates women. I found it almost prophetic in some ways.

4. Feed by MT Anderson – Another brilliant dystopia. This one looks at the hyperconsumerism of today’s society and our obsession with technology.

5. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – I adored this different look at biblical history, and the examination of the ways women can be powerful even in an oppressed society.

6. Tenderness by Robert Cormier – Literally anything by Cormier could be on this list, but I picked Tenderness because of it’s chilling look at serial killers, and the way it spins the idea of murders as unredeemable on its head.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry – My first beloved sci-fi/dystopia, and I had no idea that’s what it was. I love books that examine government control through utopic settings.

8. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – This book inspired me to change my eating habits, and also opened my eyes to the way many corportations work.

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – For me, this was a lovely, immersive tale, and I could hardly believe it when I realized it was written by a western man, not a Japanese woman. It’s so beautifully written, and has stuck with me.

10. The Good Wife by Stewart O’Nan – This book follows a woman whose husband goes to prison, and her long, hard road to stay with him and keep her head above water and her family afloat. I always think of this book when weather closes prisons for visitations, and when I pass road crews.

My original list had 16, so this was quite a task to trim to 10. I’d love to hear from my readers. What are the 10 books that have moved you deeply, changed your life, or just stuck with you?

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