Ten Books that Have Stayed with Me

25 Aug

There’s a social media meme going around in which people are asked to name ten books that have stuck with them. Here’s my list (in some cases, I’m treating entire series as a single work):

1. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

Yes, I’m aware of its many shortcomings, but it’s still an all-time favorite.

2. Watership Down (Richard Adams)

The first book I ever finished then immediately flipped back to page one and blew through it again. Wonderful book!

3. Inca Gold (Clive Cussler)

Not my favorite Cussler book, but the book that inspired me to write action-adventure.

4. The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)

Despite the “mushy middle” of this series, it’s a favorite for many reasons. One of my favorite fantasy worlds.

5. The Lost World (Arthur Conan Doyle)

One of the books that inspired my fascination with ancient mysteries, legends, and adventuring.

6. The Belgariad and The Mallorean (David Eddings)

Another favorite epic fantasy. Engaging characters who stick with you.

7. The Brothers K (David James Duncan)

Ignore the thin veneer of baseball and enjoy this multi-faceted story of disappointment, loss, redemption, and the importance of family bonds.

8. The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)

My all-time favorite YA series. Bonus points for excellent audiobooks- both the US and UK narrators are fantastic.

9. Riptide (Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child)

The book that got me hooked on my favorite writing team.

10. The Pillars of the Earth

My favorite historical fiction.


That’s my list. What’s yours?

2 thoughts on “Ten Books that Have Stayed with Me

  1. I love this question. It was actually fun to make the list. Here’s mine:

    1. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
    2. Daemon by Daniel Suarez
    3. Yeager: An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager
    4. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    5. Extraordinary Powers by Joseph Finder
    6. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
    7. Magic Mirror by Sean Ellis
    8. Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
    9. The Catalyst by Boyd Morrison
    10. Blind Man’s Bluff by Sherry Sontag Christopher Drew

    If anyone is interested in finding out why each book left an impression, I get into detail in by blog post here. I didn’t think it was a good idea to dump all of the details here. I hope that’s alright.

  2. Hi Dave. I haven’t read 4,6,7,9 on your list but I’ve added them to a running list I have. I always love a recomendation.

    My all time favorite book is Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – read it in the 10th grade when I couldn’t find anything in my house I had already read, it starts slow but by the end I was so sad because I wasn’t going to be with those characters.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear series – Jean M Auel – waited years between books

    Grapes of Wrath & East of Eden – I love Steinbeck. I loved those dust bowl stories

    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir by Jennt Lawson. I laughed out loud so hard I couldn’t breath in some parts.

    Encyclopedia Brown mysteries in the 3rd grade – those books made me love reading

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