I just played this game on Facebook. Ten books that left a lasting impression on you. Don’t think, just type. I thought I’d share the fun. Some are heavy, some aren’t as much, but they are definitely a good read if you’re looking for something to do this week. Go for it. Have some fun. After all it’s Friday Fun!
1) Kiss the Girls by James Patterson. There’s a scene in there with milk and a snake and a girl locked in an underground hell. I read the book years ago. It still haunts me.
2) The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Written by a woman suffering from a form a mental illness in the early 1900s. Her husband sent her away to live in a summer home. She was tormented by the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom and swore she saw a woman trapped inside the hideous pattern. They both felt trapped and I felt trapped as I read the story.
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I knew how the book was going to end, I knew it and yet I hoped they would kiss. I hoped he’d be okay. I cried when I finished the book.
4) Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. It was the first time I was truly angry at a parent character in a book. It felt as though no one heard.
5) One Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini I had to put the book down I was shaking so hard. I could barely finish it.
6) The Diary of Anne Frank Besides crying at the nature of the book, when she says “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” I marvel at her capcity for forgiveness.
7) Jepthe’s Daughter by Naomi Ragen. The father failed in his duties and left it up to his daughter to fix his mistakes and it almost cost her, her life. I seethed with anger for weeks.
8) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides Abuse comes in all forms. This was horrible emotional abuse and even though you know the ending you still hope that they get there in time. It shook me up.
9) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I read it after my daughter died. And I wondered would I have another baby just to save her life if that were an option. I still wonder.
10) Any Nancy Drew book or most Stephen King books. Both had an incredible influence on me and how I think about stories.