10 Influential Books

On Facebook, I was tagged by my friend Carol to list 10 books that have affected me or influenced me–not necessarily my favorites. I figured I’d put the list on here for prosperity. So here are my 10 books in no particular order:

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  5. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  6. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
  7. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

3 thoughts on “10 Influential Books

  1. Hmm…this went around a few years ago but asking for 15. I managed find that post, and the top 10 from it remain my top 10:

    1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
    2. Engine Summer by John Crowley. It made me a better reader.
    3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
    4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
    5. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
    6. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    7. The Iliad by Homer. The Fagle translation just sings.
    8. The Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. The book equivalent of comfort food.
    9. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    10. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

    No Heinlein in the top 10, but the other five were:

    11. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
    12. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
    13. The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks
    14. There Are Doors by Gene Wolfe
    15. The Proud Tower by Barbara Tuchman

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