A bookish list: because I can’t always be pensive

top 10 books via kimberlyanncoyle.com

My friend, Michelle, tagged me to list ten books that have stayed with me in some way. The rules: Take only a few minutes and don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just one which affected you in some way.


This is like picking a favorite child, which, let’s be honest is the most well-behaved one at any given point in time. However, books, if they’re any good, aren’t always well-behaved. They dig deep into your marrow, and they burrow there. I have loved and learned from thousands of books over the years. Each one teaches me something more about who I am and how I fit in this world, but despite this impossible task, I want to play along because I love to talk books. You may have noticed.

Without further ado, my top ten:

  1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg
  2. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
  6. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  7. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott
  10. Mary Oliver New and Selected Poems vol II

Honorable Mention: The Harry Potter Series and The Bible. In my mind, this pair makes perfect sense.


Your turn! Leave me three books in the comments that rocked your world, or throw me a link to a post of your own. If you’re feeling footloose and fancy-free, tell me why or how your chosen books affected you because I really want to know.


  • I’m not sure I could choose but pondering and adding more and more books to my must read list.

  • Mark Allman

    To Kill a Mockingbird was a moving book.
    My List:
    Star of the Guardians trilogy by Margaret Weis (I still think about these characters 10 years after reading this series.)
    Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (one of the first books I read as a boy)
    The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
    Longitude by Dava Sobel
    Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (you never learned this in school about Lewis and Clark)
    Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill (poems on colors which are awesome)
    Things That Go Bump in the Night by Warren and Minirth (how to help your children with fears and you too)
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Star Trek : Yesterday’s Son (I love time travel stories)