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June 1st, 2009
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Another Book Meme
I was tagged by thinking_lotus, whose list is more sophisticated than mine likely will be, but here goes.

15 Books Meme
You're not supposed to think too long or too hard on this one. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you -- list the first 15 you can recall in 15 minutes. Don't take too long to think about it. Then tag 15 friends and see if they write their own lists (part of the challenge is to think about which 15 friends would have the weirdest or most interesting book list).

1. Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
2. Le Dernier des Justes by Andre Schwartz-Bart
3. The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
4. Heaven Help Us by Herbert Tarr
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
6. The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas
7. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
8. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner
9. The Source by James Michener
10. 1984 by George Orwell (and I reread it in 1984)
11. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
12. Life Plus 99 Years by Nathan Leopold
13. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
14. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
15. Heidi by Johannes Spyri

So these are the first 15 that come to mind, not necessarily those I've been most influenced by. But they include ones I quote all the time. Hmm, what does it mean that there are three children's books and three Holocaust books?

I won't tag anyone in particular, but I'd love to see your lists!

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Date:June 2nd, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
What's so unsophisticated about your list? Anyway, we both have P + P ;-)

I can't believe I left out Huck Finn.
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Date:June 2nd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I wrote that before I chose books, but yours seems less full of children's books and light reading. Although I have to say I didn't know all the books on your list and the unknown is immediately deemed sophisticated :-).
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Date:June 2nd, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I mostly don't enjoy light reading much. I used to like those tales of English social infighting a la Barbara Pym or that other woman (whose son wrote absolute beginners, sorry I should go google) Angela Thirkell but I have rather gone off them. I suppose manga have taken their place to a certain extent.
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Date:June 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
I loved Barbara Pym but her books definitely haven't stayed with me. I have a general impression of them but couldn't say which is which :-).
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Date:June 2nd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
I like how you had to do this without thinking, knowing you'd be thinking of things all night that you forgot. Okay:

1. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
2. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
4. Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone
5. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
6. Twisted Kicks by Tom Carson
7. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
9. Moving Mars by Greg Bear
10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
11. The Piano Man's Daughter by Timothy Findley
12. Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley
13. The Boys on the Rock by John Fox
14. L'étranger by Albert Camus
15. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
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Date:June 2nd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Some of those have stuck with me, too! And some I've never heard of. I'm finding these really interesting to read.
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