Rules for the Ten Book Challenge: In your blog, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. They don’t have to be the “right” books, or great works of literature, just ones that have stayed with you. Here are mine:
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – This is the first book I have ever owned or read, although I’ve always known it as El Principito. The Spanish version I own has stayed with me since I was, I don’t know, 7-years old, I also have an English version and one in its original language, French, which was given to me as a gift (purchased in Paris, France).
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger – Having spent some years in a boarding school full of phonies, of course this book appealed to me, it worked. I guess I’ve grown out of that, the thinking everyone phonies part, not the enjoying this book part. It has been some time since I’ve given this book another go around, I think it will happen quite soon.
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac – A girlfriend in college gifted me a beautiful copy of On the Road. It was the original scroll printed on this amazingly charming paper, I couldn’t begin to figure out what it’s called. Either way, I was never a fan of the book itself, but this copy of it makes my bookcase look so attractive, I can’t help but always have it on display.
The White Deer, by James Thurber – To this day I cannot remember where the book came from, I’m pretty sure one day, out of thin air, it just appeared on my bookshelf. The story is as entertaining as any, but what I like most is the cover, depicting a cartoonish 7-headed dragon with a simple, yet mesmerizing white deer in the middle. I’ve looked for this issue all over, trying to find one in better condition, but can’t seem to find one anywhere. I’m not sure if it’s something special that fell onto my lap, or if I’m just over romanticizing it, but in any case, this book will always stay close to me.
Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke – A beautiful girl sent me this one day, when I least expected it. I believe she noticed some problems I was having with my creativity and my writing, so she mailed it out to me. She was overseas at the time, so it must have been an important book, for her to go through so much trouble. I dare say, it was definitely worth the read and re-read.
In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders – This man has continually had me laughing out loud, and I mean literally, for so many years, through so many stories. This was the first of his collections that I read, and well, I’ve kept it around to read and re-read as many times as I possibly could. I’ve given his other collections some time and they definitely do not disappoint either.
The Violent Bear it Away, by Flannery O’Connor – She is, and I believe will always be, my favorite author. O’Connor herself being such a pious person, the way she creates characters with such believable problematic morals and beliefs is just astonishing. I can’t say I’ve read much Southern Gothic, but I think she’s all I need. Her complete collection of stories is too heavy to always have around, so this is a perfect substitute.
The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut – Behind O’Connor, but not by far, Vonnegut never disappoints. This being the first of his I ever picked up, introducing me to his literary prowess, it’s one that will always stay close by. This also being my first go at science fiction, I must say, I did thoroughly enjoy it, if I hadn’t, I don’t think I would have kept reading Vonnegut’s work.
Animal Farm, by George Orwell – Being such a small book and a quick read, I usually keep this one around for whenever I need something in my back pocket to entertain myself with. Say I have to spend a few hours at the DMV, or maybe have a train to take, well this is my go-to book for those occasions. After reading it countless times, I can definitely say that this one never gets old.
Magical Game Time: Vol. 1 byZac Gorman – All I have to do is pick up this little collection of art every once in a while and it completely soothes my heart. Cute, witty, dark, silly, or just plain old nostalgic, thisZac guy sure knows how to bring my favorite friends to life. From little ol’ Ness and his buddies to the famous Mario brothers, these drawing will remind you why you gave so much of your life to video game characters. Give this book a quick glance and you’ll see what I mean.
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding – I’ll never forget the English class where I first read this… I definitely had a crush on my teacher.
The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White – Boring, but definitely very informative. Study up, people.
Different Seasons, by Stephen King – Four beautiful stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver – Some great stories, worth checking out.
The Best American Short Stories 2012, by Tom Perrotta (editor) – I’ll keep this around till I finish them all, then pick up 2013 or maybe jump to 2014.