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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thirteen Memorable Books

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Last week I shared 13 ways that music impacts my life. Writers are passionate readers - we have to be, so here are 13 books that are the most memorable to me.

The Catcher in the Rye

This item is first on my list because I read this book in the sixth grade. I'll let you in on a little secret, some folks think I'm a little wierd or "unique" as they like to say. I've always been who I am and being "unique" as an adolescent is no easy stroll through the park. A teacher recommended that I read it. I did and I had my first epiphany. I've not read this book since then. I am sure it wouldn't have the same meaning for me now that it did when I was 12 or 13. It sits in my memory as one of the first books that had an impact on my life.

Fast forward to high school. Yes, another easy going period in your life when your peers are understanding and supportive. My mom pulled this book out of an old box in the garage and told me I'd probably like it. I read it and I loved it. This is the second book that had an impact on my life. I read it several times during my high school years. I've not read it since then and I probably won't ever read it again. But, it also sits on a tidy shelf in my mind and will always be remembered as something that helped me get through high school.

Now then, I am afraid that is going to be the end of the "literature" section of my list. I don't like chick lit and I don't much care for "the greats", please don't get me started on Hemingway.

This book was originally released in 1983; I read it probably in 84 or 85. I loved this book! I remember coming home from school and sitting down to just enjoy it. Really, how many books can you remember reading when you were 8? I think I should get a copy for my daughter.

In high school we were going on our annual long drive to see family. My mom borrowed a bunch of library books that we could read in the car. She started by reading Phantoms outloud. I immediately got hooked and at the first opportunity snatched it away and read it - really, she was reading far too slowly. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. Phantoms is one of my favorites because it was my first introduction to him.


Phantoms may have been my first... but, Watchers is my love. I have had my copy of Watchers for soooo long. I probably read it at least 3 or 4 times each year. My copy has pages that are stained with chocolate, water spots and my back cover is torn. My husband keeps trying to throw it away. He says I can buy a new copy. I just can't bear the thought of parting with it. I will buy a new copy soon because the pages are starting to turn odd shades of yellow and brown - but, I don't know if I'll be able to just *throw* it away.

I can't tell you how excited I was when I first saw this book. I was in an airport and it was a new book, by new authors and it TOTALLY sounded like it was just my kind of novel. I immediately called my mom - yes, I was standing in the middle of the airport on the phone to call my mother and tell her about the new book I had just found. She immediately knew what I was talking about because she had seen it that same day and bought it! I devoured it and hungered for more. I love every single book by Preston and Child and in fact, they are the ones who ultimately gave me that final bit of inspiration to begin writing seriously. The first moment I read of Pendergast I knew I would see him again and I have not been disappointed.

I love this one too! It's one I read over and over again. This book only reinforced my desire to write my own novel.

By now, you can probably tell there is something in common with these books. Well, Rollins was another example where I was in the bookstore and found a paperback by an author I hadn't heard of before and his first book just sounded fantastic. Subterranean is one of my favorites.

I love historical romance. I freely admit it. I have just as many romance novels on my shelf as I have action, adventure, and mystery. There is something about this book that just makes me feel happy. When I'm down or when I'm feeling a little sad, I can pull this book out, sit back and read. When I'm done - I feel better. The plot. The characters. It's all good.

This is the first Christine Feehan novel that I purchased. I read it and the next day went back to the bookstore and purchased every book they had in stock with the author's name. My mother came to visit shortly after and I told her that I had a new author that she hadn't heard of but she had to read. I had my mom hooked that night and the stinker took all my books to finish reading at home. I await each new release with anticipation.

Harry Potter

Any memorable book list wouldn't be complete without Harry Potter. I remember when I first picked up my copy. I was at the bookstore and saw this children's book on a shelf. I hadn't heard of it before and I read the inside cover. I picked it up thinking I'd send it to my husband's godchild. When I got home I figured I should read it first to make sure it was appropriate for her age. Needless to say, I was hooked and it never left my hands. Yes, I am one of those people at the bookstore at midnight to get my copy.

Dragon Lance

My dad actually had these books when I was younger and I "borrowed" them from him. I will always remember Tasselhoff more than the others! My first real obsession with DnD began with the Dragon Lance series with Weis and Hickman.


I love this series and the Malloreon. I've read these two series so many times that I couldn't even count.

Well, this is long enough and these are the top books that are the most memorable to me.

Don't forget to check out the contest I'm co-hosting with West of Mars.

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Blogger Wylie Kinson said...

Great TT Rashenbo! I've read a few of these and agree,... the others, I'll keep my eyes open for.

My TT is about things that irk me (I'm pms-ing, what can I say...)


9:49 AM  
Anonymous Brit said...

This is a very good TT, it goes so much more into depth than most.

My TT is favorite movies. =)


10:13 AM  
Blogger Amy Jo said...

I remember reading Catcher in the Rye in school. The librarian was like "You are just about the only kid in this school I would think would be able to handle a book like this". Not too sure if she meant it as a compliment or not! LOL


10:21 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I love this list, I'm always looking for a good read, and you and I have some of the same tastes. I love Dean Coontz though I haven't read him in several years..I was having a problem with nightmares and he didn't really help...as you can imagine.

I played too. Stacie

10:40 AM  
Blogger masgblog said...

I iked Velocity by Koontz....and the Potter books too (although I was a late starter)

thx for visiting my kitty shelf

11:13 AM  
Blogger Laurence said...

I liked Hunter ... Great list !

Happy T13 !!! :-)

11:20 AM  
Blogger Uisce said...

I remember reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull in... OK I can't remember when. I'll have to put this on my list for a re-read one of these days!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

That is so awesome that you don't want to read "Catcher" again because of the reaction you had the first time. I guess that is why it was at the top of your list! ;)

Thanks for visiting my T13!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

My 13 is about books, too.

I cannot do the Preston/Child books. I keep getting them at the library and back they go. Not sure why.

I like James Rollins.

I, also, liked the Belgariad books.

I don't think I have read any Christine Feeney. Must put her on the list.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Starrlight said...

Heh Hemingway sucks IMHO =) Great list!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Dane Bramage said...

A great list of books. My DND friends keep trying to get me to read the Dragonlance stuff. I'm more Sci-fi than fantasy.

Thanks for visiting my Thursday thirteen #27, the 13 Home Repair and Improvement Projects I Have to Do edition.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Thomma Lyn said...

I think it's cool that you're keeping intact your youthful memories of The Catcher in the Rye and Jonathan Livingston Seagull!

Great list, and Happy TT to you. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

12:48 PM  
Blogger scooper said...

Now I feel like a complete slacker. I always put a one liner or better yet just the title and author of the books I want/like.

I'm with you on historical romances.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Lexa Roséan said...

Greetings Rashenbo
well, I'm more of a classics reader but I enjoyed your list and most definitely enjoyed your visit to my blog. Nice to meet you :) keep on writing!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Hehehe, yay, another "Hemingway sucks" fan! We just have to protect ourselves... those Hemingway supporters shoot some hot flaming arrows!

I keep telling myself that I'm going to make a short - yes short and quick read list... I just can't help it. I get started and just go on and on and on. It's funny too... I hate talking on the phone and when I'm out with friends I'll tend to be more quiet and just listen... but when I chat online I just go crazy! :)

Thomma Lyn, I really did enjoy those bits of poetry and if anyone is visiting my site today that likes poetry, make sure you visit Thomma's list. She's got some great poetry excerpts.

Our love of books are so subjective. I read a Preston and Child and think, "how can someone NOT love this!" and then there are other books where someone just raves and raves about it... and I think it's futile, boring garbage.

What's great is that we can appreciate the tastes that other people have, even if we don't share them. If you are passionate about something then I'm going to find what you have to say interesting... even if I don't really agree with you. :)

1:28 PM  
Blogger Kimo & Sabi said...

Have you read "Twist in the Tale" by Jeffrey Archer? It's got short mysteries - some including stories about cats

1:38 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Hmmm, Kimo and Sabi... I very much enjoy your antics and the delightful tales you share with us in the blogosphere... but I'm afraid I'm not really that much of a cat fan. I know. I know. It's terrible.

At one point I had read all the "cat who" mysteries. But I've not read them in ages and I think several new books in the series have been published since I last read them.

Stay light and spry and keep up with the entertaining banter :)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason said...

I've read several on your list. My favorite Feehan novels include her two "gothic" ones: The Lair of the Lion and The Scarletti Curse.

Love them! I might need to reread them again soon!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous practical chick said...

Dragon Lance...I remember those. I think my brother used to read them.

Thanks for stopping by my TT!!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

whoa. We used the same header this week!

cool list. I don't think I'm a Hemingway fan, either... but I don't think I've read much of him. Yup, two degrees in English and I've avoided most of the classics. I'm proud of that!

3:52 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

I never feel like time is wasted when I am reading. I love getting lost in a book.

Another thing that I love to do is to check out friend's book shelves. Thanks for your sneak peek into your favorites.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

I always feel like I missed out on some of the common high school reading of the classics. I took AP English, so I have yet to read Catcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird, but I did read Walden (which seemed slow, but I did enjoy it).

Dragonlance (I remember Tasselhoff, but my favorite was Raistlin) was one of the first series I read when I moved to this area around fifth grade. For those fans living on Oahu, Margaret Weis will be going around to libraries here in early February.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous ancsweetnsassygal said...

I love to read but have not read any of the books on your list. I read mostly Christian fiction although I love a good mystery from time to time.

The first book I read that had an impact on me was in the 4th grade. As a class project, all students read The Island of the Blue Dolphin. I was upset for weeks that the main character lived on that island by herself for years. It's amazing the the emotional reach that books have. It's a great post. Thanks for visiting my TT.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Great TT! Someone at work told me I needed to read Harry Potter - I laughed! Why would an adult read a children's book?

I was hooked within the first pages! Yeah... now I've read them all and am on the waiting list for the next one! :) Waiting, with every other HP fan!

6:03 PM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to go back and read some of my old favorites of Dean Koontz (from when he was Dean R. Koontz, LOL).

I love Harry Potter, too, and Jonathon Livingston Seagull!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Mags said...

Yes, such depth for a TT! Great list...thanks for stopping by mine earlier!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Books, books, books, what would we do without them?
Great TT! I haven't heard about all of them, but I will keep my eyes open for them, next time I'm near the library or a bookstore!
Thanks for visitng my TT!

3:26 AM  

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