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 โ€” 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 โ€“ Herman Melville

The Count of Monte Cristo โ€“ Alexandre Dumas

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban โ€“ JK Rowling

The Remains of the Day โ€“ Kazuo Ishiguro

Little Women โ€“ Louisa May Alcott

The Outsiders โ€“ SE Hinton

Bartleby the Scrivener โ€“ Herman Melville

Pride and Prejudice โ€“ Jane Austen

The Magician's Nephew โ€“ CS Lewis

A Wrinkle in Time โ€“ Madeleine L'Engle