Books that stay with you…
June 7, 2009 § 15 Comments
This idea comes from Care and it suits my “kickoff” return to books. I’ve been too long off the book thing, having been corporately involved and hung up with design and layout issues (very magazine-y) but books are calling to me from everywhere – our bookshelves, Left Bank Books in the Central West End, the Chesterfield B&N, my Mom’s bookshelves (she’s quite the reader) ,and recently, desperate during lunch hour, even the tiny paperback section at Walgreens.
The books sing like sirens, they chime like bells (see prior blog entry!) and they stack themselves at every turn. I avidly read book blogs. I make lists (and lose them and find them again). It’s summer. I’m “booking!”
I imagine we all have that wild bit of summer in us, akin to what we had as early teens when there were a few chores, a lot of bike riding and beach time, no homework, and a library card that was the key to unbelievable travel and time to immerse ourselves in those places.
“How many titles come flooding into your mind when you consider books you’ve read that you just can’t forget?” Care asks. What are the books that stay with you? She also set this “rule,” and it’s a good one: You can list books that stay with you but you must know the author, too.
The Group – Mary McCarthy
The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Sex and the City – Candace Bushnell
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
Silas Marner – George Eliot
Skinny Legs and All – Tom Robbins
The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller
All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Harry Potter – JK Rowling
Zen and the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
Bridget Jones Diary – Helen Fielding
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
An American Childhood – Annie Dillard
The nice thing about these “lists” going around? Inspires us to read ones we haven’t read that others find memorable for whatever reason.
What about you? Any books for the staying power list?