My Top 10 Most Influential Books

I was challenged to the silly “book duel” on Facebook by an acquaintance, and though I typically don’t like those sorts of “pass it on” challenge deals, this was good to think about.

So here are the top ten books that have the most influenced me thus far:

I’ve been challenged to a “book duel,” which sadly doesn’t mean throwing books at other people. But it does mean listing 10 of the books that most influenced me. (I will be opting out of the “challenging” of others. Answer if you wish.) My top 10 most influential books, in no particular order:

1. The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
2. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
3. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, by the Brothers Grimm –the older, far scarier and more demented versions
4. Sandman comics, all of them, by Neil Gaiman
5. The Bible, without the context of which I wouldn’t understand much of modern literature, in addition to any faith-related benefits
6. Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn, for showing me how flexible and creative writing can be.
7. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss, for my early editing education and one good panda joke
8. The Weather Wardens series by Rachel Caine, because she’s a local author who started young and made it big.
9. Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell. I just love that book.
10. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.

Also, it wasn’t until I wrote this up that I realized I’ve MET three out of the 10 authors on this list; if we exclude the ones that are long dead, my percent leaps up to 50%! Wow!

What would make your list? What do you recommend?


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2 responses to “My Top 10 Most Influential Books

  1. #3 I always told my kids in English class that the word “grim” comes from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, because the originals truly are grim. Don’t know if that’s the true origins, but from those stories we can tell for sure they didn’t molly-coddle children in the Middle Ages like we do today. Back then they told you from a young age that if you don’t follow the rules you’ll die a horribly gruesome death. Perhaps that’s what’s wrong with kids today – they’re not scared enough.

    • Even better, Grimm’s fairy tales weren’t intended for children! They were adapted for children after many years (they come from oral traditions). So the versions we read are already the adapted, toned-down versions. Even the scary ones are rarely the original Grimm’s anymore, what with so many translations and new iterations!

      Bonus points for using the word “molly-coddle.”

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