A friend of a friend came up with this on Facebook and the results have been interesting, so I wanted to see what GroupThink would make of the challenge. In essence, you just write down the first 10 books you can think of that stayed with you — for whatever reason. Books you still think about, that you've re-read a few times or that had a marked impact on you.
I've mentioned in the past that I sometimes get annoyed at the deification of reading when it reaches a point of acting as though reading is more important than breathing. I love reading, but it seems as though it's often used as a special snowflake identity, leading to memes like "I buy books the way other women by shoes" which sets up a negative (and false) dichotomy between the "right" and "wrong" types of women.
But I do love books all the same, so here's my list:
Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
The Outsiders – SE Hinton
Bartleby the Scrivener – Herman Melville
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Magician's Nephew – CS Lewis
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L'Engle