This was a fun meme on Facebook this weekend — to name 15 books that will always stick with you, without thinking too long about it. Just the first 15 you can recall (in no more than 15 minutes).
My 15 came pretty fast and furiously. They popped into my head in no particular order, although they’re vaguely in the order I read them, if I think in decades.
And I’m sure I could have gone on with more, but these are the ones that stood out right away. They have either a theme or characters that I thought about for days, weeks, or years after I read them…
What are yours?
Here’s my list:
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
- Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood
- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
- Anne Frank Autobiography
- Othello, Shakespeare
- The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
- Beloved, Toni Morrison
- All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
- Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- On Writing, Stephen King (nonfiction, but altered the way I write)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Neffenegger
I have a serious romance theme going on, here, I noticed. … Big surprise!