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Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me

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1
44,567 members, 734 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: smcwl (1), jillmwo (1), cej1027 (2), TheTowers (2)

Score: 14.73

2
3,314 members, 48 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: TheTowers (1), angekenn (1), ahef1963 (1)

Score: 12

Explanations:

ahef1963 (1): This book was seminal as it awoke stirrings of social justice in me, and made me realize how much I take for granted.

3
59,637 members, 1,185 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: desertbloom (1), SqueakyChu (3), cej1027

Score: 10.4

4
22,284 members, 673 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (1), Marissa_Doyle (1), timspalding (8)

Score: 10.38

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (1): One of my top books of all time. I am in awe of the world she created.

5
6,457 members, 47 reviews
4.61 stars (4.61 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (1), cej1027 (3), timspalding (5)

Score: 9.71

6
32,517 members, 1,849 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2), TheoClarke (4), ahef1963 (6)

Score: 8.75

Explanations:

ahef1963 (6): I just read this a couple of months ago, but it's a work I will never forget. Both brilliant and devastatingly sad.

7
17,397 members, 791 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: TheTowers (3), SqueakyChu (8), Marissa_Doyle (8)

Score: 7.8

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (8): Haunting.

8
6,038 members, 330 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), imyril (9), timspalding (9)

Score: 7.66

Explanations:

imyril (9): I think I mostly just loved the idea of Jesuits in space, but I also loved the characters and the prose. Knowing it will end badly just added to the bittersweet pleasure.… (more)

9
615 members, 17 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), SqueakyChu (2)

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

imyril (1): Haunting and horrifying.

10
11,080 members, 244 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: mkbird (1), imyril (5)

Score: 6.68

Explanations:

imyril (5): Enlightening, enthralling and inspiring.

11
2,842 members, 51 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (1), waitingtoderail (5)

Score: 6.68

12
25,477 members, 196 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (2), imyril (6)

Score: 5.92

Explanations:

jillmwo (2): His beautiful creation story -- I just love it.

imyril (6): The only Tolkien I still dip back into. It shaped so much to follow, and shaped so many of my preferences.

13
13,285 members, 244 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: desertbloom (2), thorold (7)

Score: 5.82

14
3,332 members, 58 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: smcwl (2), timspalding (7)

Score: 5.82

15
4,921 members, 168 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: mkbird (2), SylviaC (10)

Score: 5.61

Explanations:

SylviaC (10): Provides some insight into our role and effect on the planet.

16
3,380 members, 48 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (4), Athabasca (9)

Score: 5.14

17
36,551 members, 898 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (6), KimarieBee (8)

Score: 4.93

18
13,930 members, 384 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (7), imyril (7)

Score: 4.92

Explanations:

imyril (7): My Latin teacher made us read it. We were all deeply grateful, and then teased him mercilessly. Wonderfully dark, angst-ridden, alienating and alluring. Such prose and singular characters.… (more)

19
56,506 members, 905 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (1), desertbloom (4)

Thumbs down: cej1027

Score: 4.83

20
34,331 members, 1,154 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (6), imyril (10)

Score: 4.81

Explanations:

imyril (10): This stays with me for its haunting implications. Sad, sentimental, yet satisfying.

21
1,958 members, 65 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (6), KimarieBee (10)

Score: 4.81

22
60,816 members, 1,092 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), desertbloom (3)

Thumbs down: proximity1

Score: 4.4

Explanations:

ahef1963 (2): Pride & Prejudice is the first classic novel that I really enjoyed. It was the cross-over from childhood reading to adult reading.

23
15,617 members, 273 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: thorold (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

thorold (1): Needs no explanation

24
8,828 members, 197 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

25
8,045 members, 66 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1)

Score: 4

26
5,093 members, 40 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (1)

Score: 4

27
1,539 members, 63 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1)

Score: 4

28
42 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

SylviaC (1): This was the book that I asked everyone to read to me, before I could read it myself.

29
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (1): My grandmother gave me this book for my birthday when I was very small. I was disappointed it wasn’t something more interesting, but it awakened my passion for books.… (more)

30
17,739 members, 220 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 3.36

31
1,982 members, 38 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (2)

Score: 3.36

32
1,730 members, 23 reviews
4.44 stars (4.44 stars)

Lists: thorold (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

thorold (2): A book that makes you think "If everyone read this, we could be sure it would never happen again"

33
1,513 members, 40 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: imyril (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

imyril (2): I read this very young and it introduced me to the concept of satisfactory but unhappy endings. Also, the Earldelving. Gah.

34
1,433 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (2)

Score: 3.36

35
1,118 members, 11 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: timspalding (2)

Score: 3.36

36
492 members, 8 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (2): Elegant running commentary on life.

37
352 members, 5 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

SylviaC (2): A childhood favourite. The wonder of that first pair of glasses, after years of being labeled as slow and clumsy.

39
175 members, 10 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (2)

Score: 3.36

40
5 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (2): I read this when I was a young teen, and it has profoundly affected how I write.

41
9,812 members, 209 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

thorold (3): The literary equivalent of an earworm: you know it's a bad book, but you can never get it out of your head...

42
4,081 members, 88 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

SylviaC (3): Made me look at listening in a whole different way.

43
3,798 members, 131 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (3)

Score: 3.04

44
3,657 members, 53 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (3)

Score: 3.04

45
3,009 members, 74 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

jillmwo (3): The idea of setting aside the culture and treasures of the ages so that they don't get destroyed.

46
2,598 members, 74 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (3)

Score: 3.04

47
2,086 members, 31 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (3): Même chose.

48
766 members, 9 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: smcwl (3)

Score: 3.04

49
471 members, 5 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): The first fantasy novel (I read the trilogy in one volume) that I ever truly, deeply loved.

50
446 members, 4 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (3): Retelling of the classic of Welsh mythology. Just beautiful.

51
153 members, 5 reviews
4.62 stars (4.62 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (3)

Score: 3.04

52
151 members, 2 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: mkbird (3)

Score: 3.04

55
19,379 members, 285 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: timspalding (4)

Score: 2.83

56
13,873 members, 243 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (4)

Score: 2.83

57
13,037 members, 231 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

58
7,609 members, 236 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (4)

Score: 2.83

59
4,772 members, 92 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: smcwl (4)

Score: 2.83

60
4,406 members, 110 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (4)

Score: 2.83

61
4,028 members, 79 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

62
3,932 members, 123 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (4): Haunting as well, but in a very different way from the Ishiguro.

63
1,764 members, 26 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

jillmwo (4): Two stories in this collection, April in Paris and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

64
1,378 members, 38 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: imyril (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

imyril (4): This could as easily have been Triffids. Wyndham introduced me to apocalypse fiction, and I love both books for their evocative descriptions of a ruined London.… (more)

65
339 members, 1 review
3.27 stars (3.27 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (4): Scared me to death as a kid.

66
158 members, 10 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

SylviaC (4): A protagonist I really related to.

67
118 members, 0 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

ahef1963 (4): Started my life-long fascination with all things African.

68
3 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (4)

Score: 2.83

69
32,209 members, 425 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (5)

Score: 2.68

70
16,817 members, 373 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5)

Score: 2.68

71
13,750 members, 572 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (5)

Score: 2.68

72
5,645 members, 162 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

73
1,989 members, 17 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (5)

Score: 2.68

74
1,628 members, 31 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

75
1,340 members, 21 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

SylviaC (5): I like epidemic books, and this one was pretty comprehensive at the time.

76
863 members, 7 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

ahef1963 (5): Explained to me, in layman's terms, the science of paleontology and awoke in me a love of the subject matter.

77
848 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: smcwl (5)

Score: 2.68

78
829 members, 9 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (5)

Score: 2.68

79
729 members, 15 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

jillmwo (5): She explains some things so well. From Elfland to Poughkeepsie is an essay that has stuck with me.

80
24 members, 1 review
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (5): One of the truly happiest books I've ever read.

81
6,086 members, 75 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: thorold (6)

Score: 2.56

82
5,951 members, 81 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: timspalding (6)

Score: 2.56

83
2,204 members, 28 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

jillmwo (6): It's the lifestyle as much as Norris' writing.

84
1,276 members, 34 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (6): Wonderful, spooky, truly captures the "otherness" of the Fae in folklore.

85
1,174 members, 10 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (6)

Score: 2.56

86
677 members, 47 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6)

Score: 2.56

87
95 members, 1 review
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: smcwl (6)

Score: 2.56

88
78 members, 2 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

SylviaC (6): My grandmother survived the Halifax Explosion, and this was one of the books that she kept in a special collection on her shelf.

89
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: TheoClarke (6)

Score: 2.56

90
18,675 members, 443 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (7)

Score: 2.46

91
15,889 members, 250 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

jillmwo (7): I reread the Christmas chapter almost every year. I got this book as a gift on my 8th birthday before we moved to Bangkok.

92
10,899 members, 221 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

ahef1963 (7): My favourite book as a young teenager. As an adult I took my children to the museum a couple of times a month and we would figure out where we would live if we ran away to a museum.… (more)

93
7,619 members, 210 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7)

Score: 2.46

94
1,900 members, 81 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (7): Not the funniest Heyer, but the transformation of Freddy from foolish fop to true romantic hero is just a delight.

95
1,636 members, 38 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

SylviaC (7): I want Elfrida to be a real person.

96
937 members, 24 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (7)

Score: 2.46

97
224 members, 3 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (7)

Score: 2.46

98
203 members, 3 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (7)

Score: 2.46

99
163 members, 1 review
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: smcwl (7)

Score: 2.46

100
2,910 members, 114 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

SylviaC (8): Took me to a different time and place, with a resourceful heroine.

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Started by: jillmwo (September 2014)

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Limit: 10 books

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