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Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me

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1
43,167 members, 716 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

Score: 14.73

2
3,157 members, 46 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 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
57,819 members, 1,155 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

4
21,837 members, 667 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
6,230 members, 47 reviews
4.6 stars (4.6 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

6
31,323 members, 1,807 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
16,835 members, 773 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 7.8

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (8): Haunting.

8
5,863 members, 319 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
605 members, 18 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), SqueakyChu (2)

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

imyril (1): Haunting and horrifying.

10
10,892 members, 242 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: mkbird (1), imyril (5)

Score: 6.68

Explanations:

imyril (5): Enlightening, enthralling and inspiring.

11
2,771 members, 51 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (1), waitingtoderail (5)

Score: 6.68

12
24,659 members, 192 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 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
12,844 members, 232 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: desertbloom (2), thorold (7)

Score: 5.82

14
3,291 members, 59 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: smcwl (2), timspalding (7)

Score: 5.82

15
4,845 members, 163 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: mkbird (2), SylviaC (10)

Score: 5.61

Explanations:

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

16
3,308 members, 46 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (4), Athabasca (9)

Score: 5.14

17
35,767 members, 885 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (6), KimarieBee (8)

Score: 4.93

18
13,493 members, 373 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
55,133 members, 892 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (1), desertbloom (4)

Thumbs down: cej1027

Score: 4.83

20
33,831 members, 1,149 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
1,971 members, 64 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (6), KimarieBee (10)

Score: 4.81

22
59,079 members, 1,068 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
15,185 members, 259 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: thorold (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

thorold (1): Needs no explanation

24
8,514 members, 186 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

25
7,846 members, 63 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1)

Score: 4

26
4,934 members, 40 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (1)

Score: 4

27
1,525 members, 61 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1)

Score: 4

28
36 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
17,267 members, 214 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 3.36

31
1,943 members, 36 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (2)

Score: 3.36

32
1,666 members, 20 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
1,476 members, 37 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
1,388 members, 15 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (2)

Score: 3.36

35
1,078 members, 10 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: timspalding (2)

Score: 3.36

36
475 members, 8 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (2): Elegant running commentary on life.

37
338 members, 5 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 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
169 members, 10 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (2)

Score: 3.36

40
6 members, 1 review
4.17 stars (4.17 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
9,527 members, 203 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
3,954 members, 84 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
3,685 members, 126 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (3)

Score: 3.04

44
3,557 members, 52 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (3)

Score: 3.04

45
2,878 members, 72 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
2,505 members, 73 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (3)

Score: 3.04

47
2,024 members, 29 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (3): Même chose.

48
735 members, 8 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: smcwl (3)

Score: 3.04

49
460 members, 5 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 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
422 members, 5 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

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

51
149 members, 2 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: mkbird (3)

Score: 3.04

52
142 members, 5 reviews
4.62 stars (4.62 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (3)

Score: 3.04

55
18,846 members, 272 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: timspalding (4)

Score: 2.83

56
13,362 members, 230 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (4)

Score: 2.83

57
12,312 members, 209 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

58
7,185 members, 220 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (4)

Score: 2.83

59
4,649 members, 85 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: smcwl (4)

Score: 2.83

60
4,262 members, 105 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (4)

Score: 2.83

61
3,886 members, 75 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

62
3,839 members, 121 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
1,747 members, 26 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 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
1,347 members, 35 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 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
322 members, 1 review
3.28 stars (3.28 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

66
151 members, 9 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

67
115 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
31,431 members, 414 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (5)

Score: 2.68

70
16,006 members, 355 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5)

Score: 2.68

71
13,345 members, 558 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (5)

Score: 2.68

72
5,510 members, 158 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

73
1,894 members, 18 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (5)

Score: 2.68

74
1,596 members, 30 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

75
1,322 members, 21 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

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

76
837 members, 7 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 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
814 members, 9 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (5)

Score: 2.68

78
803 members, 16 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: smcwl (5)

Score: 2.68

79
706 members, 14 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 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
23 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
5,914 members, 71 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: thorold (6)

Score: 2.56

82
5,748 members, 75 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: timspalding (6)

Score: 2.56

83
2,157 members, 26 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

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

84
1,239 members, 33 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
1,119 members, 9 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (6)

Score: 2.56

86
648 members, 45 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6)

Score: 2.56

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

Lists: smcwl (6)

Score: 2.56

88
77 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
17,997 members, 429 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (7)

Score: 2.46

91
15,174 members, 239 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
10,427 members, 213 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
7,471 members, 202 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7)

Score: 2.46

94
1,878 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
1,597 members, 34 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

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

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

Lists: Athabasca (7)

Score: 2.46

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

Lists: waitingtoderail (7)

Score: 2.46

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

Lists: TheoClarke (7)

Score: 2.46

99
162 members, 1 review
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: smcwl (7)

Score: 2.46

100
2,824 members, 110 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 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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Limit: 10 books

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