Books that Changed My Life (or something)
Here's a weird thing. None of my very favorite books are YA or Realistic. This is weird only because my first published book IS YA and realistic.
There are a lot of realistic YA books that I love. Speak, Fat Kid Rules the World, Looking For Alaska, Good Girls, Cracked Up To Be, and Skin Deep...three of those would make my top 25. Which would go something like this...
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
He, She, and It by Marge Piercy
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Ender's Game/Shadow by Orson Scott Card
The Giver by Lois Lowery
The Talisman by Stephen King and
The Witching Hour and Lasher by Anne Rice
The Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey
The Dark Tower series, particularly Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
The Stand and It by Stephen King
Looking for Alaska by John Green
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Night by Elie Wiesel
Skin Deep by E.M Crane
The Vampire Chronicles 1-3 by Anne Rice
Feed by M. T. Anderson
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Dune by Frank Herbert the first one ONLY :)
Yes, I cheated by including series and stuff, but I find that acceptable because there are SO Many Books...
I'll write blog posts later this summer explaining some of these choices. Some of them are dependent on when I read them. Some of them are dependent on who I was when I read them. Many of them I read at pivotal points in my life in both childhood and adulthood. All of them resonated with me. Some of them horrified me. Some of them I've taught, so that gives me a different perspective because I practically memorize them.
Has anyone out there read all of these? My husband has not read 7 of them, but of those 7 I know he started at least 3 and couldn't get into them. But having someone who has read the majority of my favorite books is sort of important to me.