Books that have had the most impact on me

Back in December, when the current meme of Top Ten Most Influential books was going around Facebook for the first time, I made a list but never got around to sharing it. I was just tagged (this time it says Top Ten Favorite books, but since I struggle so with choosing favorites, even in multiples, I’m going forward with the initial idea), so I’m sharing now.

This is the list I jotted down in December 2013, so it naturally doesn’t include any book I’ve read since then. And if I wrote it today, it might be different, but.

  1. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  2. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. Traveling Mercies / Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  4. Dakota by Kathleen Norris
  5. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
  7. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  8. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
  9. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  10. The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue
  11. A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz
  12. CS Lewis’ space trilogy / The Screwtape Letters

I’m not tagging anyone because I’m not that kind of person but also because I think nearly everyone has already done this. I’d love to see your lists, though!

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12 responses to “Books that have had the most impact on me

  1. I loved Ella Minnow Pea and wonder why it hasn’t gotten more attention.

  2. I searched high and low on Facebook for my original list but couldn’t find it. I’ll have to look back in December and see if it’s there. I really want to read Ella Minnow Pea but it seems like something else is always calling me!

    Curious as to why War and Peace landed on your list? (no other reason than nosiness).

  3. I have yet to be able to pick up War and Peace and not be scared off!

    • Long books are always a little intimidating, but I don’t think they used to scare me off, pre-blogging. The names are confusing, but Tolstoy wrote for the common man, it wasn’t meant to be inaccessible.

  4. I came up with five most influential, then stalled:

    Dakota
    A Brave New World
    Bones of Plenty
    Screwtape Letters
    The Kristen Lavransdatter trilogy

    Traveling Mercies and Blue Like Jazz might make the list of ten, but not the top five.

  5. Great list — I also really enjoyed reading Shadow of the Wind

  6. We have some of the same books on our list. Anne of Green Gables, Ella Minnow Pea. Also liked Shadow of the Wind. 🙂

  7. Great list! There are still a few on the list that I need to read.

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