Ok, here we go. “10 books that have stayed with me” in no particular order:
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis - Yes, I am counting them all as one book so that I have room for others. I could write essays about how each book means something different to me. Narnia has a very special place in my heart that sets it apart from all the rest.
2. The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce - This series is something I discovered in early high school, still one of my favourites.
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - My favourite of all the Jane Austen books. Mr Tilney is a total babe, much nicer and funnier than moody Darcy.
4. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden - This book literally changed the way I read books. I was branching out, wanted to try something new, and the school librarian suggested this. Life changer. Seriously.
5. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - I don’t think this one really needs explaining. Its a classic for a reason.
6. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - As you can probably tell from this list, fantasy is very important to me. This is kind of the cream of the crop. The ending ruined me, and I loved every second of it.
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - The first time I read this book, the characters made me so angry that I would have imaginary arguments with them in my head. Then I realized that’s what great books do and read it again.
8. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marilier - This book is so so so lovely. Another of my early high school discoveries, it was a major formative influence and I still read it every now and then when I need to escape.
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - On top of being an amazing story, I think the thing that really got to me with this book was the narration and the narrator. I won’t spoil it, but for those who have read it and know, I am haunted by the narrator. So fucking powerful.
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling - I could have put the entire series here I guess, because seriously, this series is so important to me. But I instead decided to focus on the one that really changed the game for me. The first three books were amazing, but had a certain innocence to them. The end of this book, specifically the graveyard scene, seriously scared the shit out of me. Because Voldemort was a legend anymore, he was real, in the flesh, killing Cedric right in front of Harry, and suddenly this isn’t fun anymore. Its not my favourite book in the series, but reading that graveyard scene for the first time is something that will never leave me.