Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10 books that shaped me. Times 3

The "10 books that shaped you" thing was floating around the internet a few months ago, and since I bothered to make a list then, I figured I'd record it here for posterity. In a post about my evolution as a reader (recorded on my other blog), I mentioned quite a few of these, but I also give a necessary nod here to a few I've not mentioned otherwise. A few I've also reviewed (note the links) on this blog.

I tripled the ten, and split it into three basic sections of my life. Because I do what I want.

So.

Childhood

1. Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
2. Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli)
3. The Chronicles of Prydain (Lloyd Alexander)
4. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
5. The Pit Dragon Chronicles (Jane Yolen)
6. The Dark is Rising Sequence (Susan Cooper)
7. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
8. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
9. Thursday's Children (Rumer Godden)
10. The Once and Future King (T.H. White)

"Coming of Age"

1. Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury)
2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
3. Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett)
4. Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein)
5. The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe)
6. Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
7. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
8. Arrowsmith (Sinclair Lewis)
9. The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
10. Catch-22/Slaughterhouse-5 (Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut)

Adulthood:

1. A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
2. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas Kuhn)
3. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
4. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
5. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
6. Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
7. Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
8. Possession (A.S. Byatt)
9. The Giver (Lois Lowry)
10. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)