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02 September 2014 @ 08:57 pm
Book Meme!  
This meme was going around on Tumblr and I thought I would give it a try. There are so many books that have stuck with me over the years, it is hard to pick just ten. And then some of them I can’t remember the names of! There was this children’s book that I checked out from the library every single time I went for like a year straight at the age of 6. I still vividly remember the part about the chocolate river, but I was 6, so I have no idea of the name of this book. (Actually, I’ve been trying to remember for years now, if it sounds familiar to anyone!) So, here we go:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Then tag 10 friends.

The Stand by Stephen King.
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
The Outsiders and also That Was Then, This is Now by SE Hinton.
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher.
The Hobbit and also The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
The Chronicles of Narnia (in particular The...Wardrobe and Dawn Treader) by C.S. Lewis.
Number The Stars by Lois Lowry.
The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey.
C D B by William Steig.

I spent just a few minutes thinking on these and I still came up with like 20, so yeah, I scrunched a few together, which is probably cheating, but whatever. Also, I just cut the ones that were last to pop into my head, not for any 'ranking' reasons. But here are the cut ones anyways: The Elenium series by David Eddings, World War Z by Max Brooks, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Bloodroots by Richie Tankersley Cusick, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling and The Princess & The Goblin series by George MacDonald.

Alright, for tagging, I say if you follow me and your user-name starts with the letter A - M, consider yourself tagged! (Or if you name starts with something else but you just want to do this meme anyways!)
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 3rd, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Great list, both your top ten and the ones that popped in your head later. (The funny thing to me is that this showed up on my FB feed before my LJ feed. WTF, LJ? W T F?)
dodger_sister: readingdodger_sister on September 7th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Great list, both your top ten and the ones that popped in your head later.

I didn't think there would be so many for my list! Some of them are just books I love and some are there for personal reasons or that have a story behind why I love them so much. I think a lot of how a book affects you has to do with timing and who you are when you are reading it for the first time.

(The funny thing to me is that this showed up on my FB feed before my LJ feed. WTF, LJ? W T F?)

Sometimes LJ just needs an ass whooping.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 7th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
I agree - my list of ten would probably be different every day. I call my top list my "desert island books," meaning that if I were stranded on a desert island with only those to read for the rest of my life, I'd still be okay.

Sometimes it does.
elfscribe5: Danila Kovalev hatelfscribe5 on September 5th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hard to remember all the books that I've loved and been influenced by. I know the exercise is for the ONES that stay with you. But that's changed in recent years. I'm glad you mentioned the Princess and the Goblin. I might not have remembered it if you hadn't mentioned it, but that has most definitely got to be on my list. I remember getting a collection of books when I was about nine or so that had that book in it (along with various collections of Grimm's fairy tales.) I read that book over and over, memorized all Curdie's silly anti-goblin poems (some of which, sadly I can probably still recite). I still have that book, falling apart and minus the cover on the spine. It was the beginning of my fascination with fairy tales and myths and set the stage for discovery and instant love of Tolkien. So, of course LotR and Hobbit is on that list.
Other books I can remember just off the top of my head, Charlotte's Web. Ursula K. LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness, Four Ways to Forgiveness, Lathe of Heaven and Earthsea. Mary Renault's The Persian Boy (of course)The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea. More recently it's Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint, and Fall of the Kings. I know there's lots more, just can't think of off the top of my head. Just goes to show how much books can change our lives.
dodger_sister: readingdodger_sister on September 7th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
But that's changed in recent years. I'm glad you mentioned the Princess and the Goblin. I might not have remembered it if you hadn't mentioned it, but that has most definitely got to be on my list.

My mom read the whole series to us when we were kids and then I reread it myself several times as I was able to read them myself. I plan on buying the series for The Nephew this Christmas.

I still have that book, falling apart and minus the cover on the spine.

Oh yes, I love when you love a book so much that you love it right into such a worn old state!

Earthsea! Oh I hadn't thought about that one in forever. Charlotte's Web (and The Velveteen Rabbit) were both books that my mom read to us as kids and both were books that halfway through we'd have to take the book out of her hand and start reading to her because she would start crying to much to read.

Just goes to show how much books can change our lives.

Indeed! <3
lizibabeslizibabes on September 5th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
I squeed on tumblr about you liking the outsider, but seeing your the outsiders or gay porn tag made me giggle. There is some outsiders fanfic, but not a lot, and a fair bit of it is mary sue fic's. But I found one or two that weren't bad.
dodger_sister: the outsidersdodger_sister on September 7th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
I saw your tumble squee about The Outsiders. It was, and still is, a favorite of mine. And hell yes I've seen the movie - I own the special edition! I felt like the original cut up the great parts of the book (though a stellar fucking cast of hotties and great actors for sure). So the story goes that the director was told by the studio to cut it down and he was less than happy with the version they released. And so he kept all of the cut stuff and edited it together, just for himself kind of, back in the day before Dvds and extended editions. Then his niece's class I believe was reading the book so she got him to bring in the movie for them to watch and he decided, "Well, wouldn't it be nice for someone to see it the way I meant for it to be seen?", so he showed them the extended edition. And they were all crying and freaking out and had such great reactions to it that he ended up releasing it in its full glory for the anniversary of the movie's release.

At any rate, if you have the means to get your hands on the special edition, I HIGHLY recommend it!

Although, with all those young boys running around in their underwear and sharing beds and shit, it does seem like gay porn! ;)

I have read some fanfic for it but yeah, there isn't a lot. Let me rec to you a fic my sister wrote where Ponyboy becomes a hunter - yes, like SPN. It is really good. (in fact I just reread it right now when I went to get the link for you and it had me all teary eyed and sniffley and feeling a lot of feels!)

Here you go, enjoy!
lizibabeslizibabes on September 7th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
I read the fic! I loved it!

I have one DVD version that wouldn't play on my old player. I need to try it on my new one. I think it has some of the other scenes.

It was such a sad book, one that really stayed with me. I don't normally read sad stuff. I read romance, and supernatural stuff. I was particularly into vampires at that time,but I saw the film with my mum and had to read the book. I loved it.

Mixing Ponyboy and Vampire's is like heaven for me and I loved how Jhon was in it as a fledgling hunter. You have to tell your sister how awesome I thought it was!
dodger_sister: the outsidersdodger_sister on September 9th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
My sister read the book at like 14 and loved it and told me to check it out. But the library wouldn't let me check out from the YA section because I was only like 9 or 10 at the time. So my sister rechecked it out and let me read it. She did that with a lot of books back then, actually.

I always get worried about foreign DVD players being different from ours here in the US, but I would totally send you a copy of the special edition if you thought it would play in your DVD player! Let me know.

The idea of Ponyboy as a hunter just makes so much sense to me, you know? I will def tell my sister how much you loved it. If you want to drop her a comment, I got the link to the fic over on her LJ, which is easier to leave a comment on than AO3 - (idk if you have an AO3 account, I don't.).

The link to the fic her on LJ.

I knew that fic would be right up your alley! 8
lizibabes: Franklizibabes on September 13th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Your icon! I'm jealous.

I was pretty young when I read it too, but maybe older than you. My mum showed me the film and I had to have the book. I had to get my local bookstore to order it in, they didn't just have it.

Good trick getting your sister to get you books, smart of you both.

I've looked up the dvd and found a version of the full novel. I'm going to check my DVD player and if it'll play imports I'm going to order it, because I have to see it all. Thank you so much for offering to send it <333

I'm going to go squee on your sisters fic. Your right it was perfect for my taste.

I'm working on a story with hunters myself right now, it's also poly and has werewolves. It's kind of complicated, but I like it.