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Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me

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1
53,253 members, 851 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

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

Score: 14.73

2
4,315 members, 59 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
71,095 members, 1,370 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

4
25,236 members, 734 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
8,053 members, 52 reviews
4.6 stars (4.6 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

6
40,189 members, 2,053 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 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
20,804 members, 903 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

Score: 7.8

Explanations:

Marissa_Doyle (8): Haunting.

8
7,155 members, 381 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 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
686 members, 21 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), SqueakyChu (2)

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

imyril (1): Haunting and horrifying.

10
17,249 members, 492 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (7), imyril (7), ManWithAnAgenda (8)

Score: 7.3

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)

11
12,382 members, 271 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: mkbird (1), imyril (5)

Score: 6.68

Explanations:

imyril (5): Enlightening, enthralling and inspiring.

12
3,393 members, 67 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (1), waitingtoderail (5)

Score: 6.68

13
72,431 members, 1,270 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), desertbloom (3)

Score: 6.4

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.

14
30,845 members, 243 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.

15
16,074 members, 306 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: desertbloom (2), thorold (7)

Score: 5.82

16
3,977 members, 78 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: smcwl (2), timspalding (7)

Score: 5.82

17
5,568 members, 177 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.

18
3,898 members, 59 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (4), Athabasca (9)

Score: 5.14

19
2,124 members, 28 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (4), ManWithAnAgenda (9)

Score: 5.14

Explanations:

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

20
41,037 members, 978 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (6), KimarieBee (8)

Score: 4.93

21
64,435 members, 1,028 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (1), desertbloom (4)

Thumbs down: cej1027

Score: 4.83

22
37,553 members, 1,237 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (6), imyril (10)

Score: 4.81

Explanations:

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

23
2,225 members, 72 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (6), KimarieBee (10)

Score: 4.81

24
13,995 members, 265 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7), ManWithAnAgenda (10)

Score: 4.71

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)

25
18,595 members, 311 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: thorold (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

thorold (1): Needs no explanation

26
16,278 members, 298 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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)

27
11,076 members, 261 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

28
9,034 members, 79 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1)

Score: 4

29
6,123 members, 54 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (1)

Score: 4

30
2,274 members, 56 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1)

Score: 4

31
1,735 members, 66 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1)

Score: 4

32
54 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.

33
20,739 members, 269 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 3.36

34
5,480 members, 103 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2)

Score: 3.36

35
2,246 members, 46 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (2)

Score: 3.36

36
2,076 members, 27 reviews
4.47 stars (4.47 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"

37
1,780 members, 45 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 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.

38
1,721 members, 17 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (2)

Score: 3.36

39
1,316 members, 13 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: timspalding (2)

Score: 3.36

40
724 members, 14 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (2): Elegant running commentary on life.

41
431 members, 7 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 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.

42
236 members, 2 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2)

Score: 3.36

43
191 members, 11 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (2)

Score: 3.36

44
6 members, 1 review
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.

45
37,737 members, 1,077 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: imyril (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

imyril (3): One of the first dystopian novels I ever read, which plays on several themes that are close to my heart.

46
11,544 members, 245 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 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...

47
4,955 members, 108 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

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

48
4,509 members, 59 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (3)

Score: 3.04

49
4,448 members, 159 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (3)

Score: 3.04

50
3,618 members, 86 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 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.

51
3,036 members, 81 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (3)

Score: 3.04

52
2,485 members, 39 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (3): Même chose.

53
954 members, 15 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: smcwl (3)

Score: 3.04

54
856 members, 23 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 3.04

55
564 members, 6 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 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.

56
515 members, 4 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

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

57
192 members, 6 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (3)

Score: 3.04

58
169 members, 2 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

Lists: mkbird (3)

Score: 3.04

60
10 members, 0 reviews

Lists: timspalding (3)

Score: 3.04

61
22,942 members, 348 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: timspalding (4)

Score: 2.83

62
17,438 members, 299 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

63
17,127 members, 321 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (4)

Score: 2.83

64
10,466 members, 256 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: waitingtoderail (4)

Score: 2.83

65
5,574 members, 104 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: smcwl (4)

Score: 2.83

66
5,362 members, 131 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (4)

Score: 2.83

67
4,661 members, 95 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

68
4,430 members, 138 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

69
1,676 members, 48 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 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)

70
879 members, 7 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4)

Score: 2.83

71
422 members, 3 reviews
3.26 stars (3.26 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

72
208 members, 13 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SylviaC (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

73
129 members, 1 review
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

74
4 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (4)

Score: 2.83

75
37,093 members, 499 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (5)

Score: 2.68

76
21,397 members, 450 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5)

Score: 2.68

77
16,413 members, 649 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (5)

Score: 2.68

78
6,861 members, 191 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

79
2,530 members, 22 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (5)

Score: 2.68

80
1,893 members, 35 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

81
1,607 members, 26 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.

82
1,325 members, 25 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (5)

Score: 2.68

83
1,071 members, 23 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: smcwl (5)

Score: 2.68

84
1,003 members, 8 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.

85
929 members, 11 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Athabasca (5)

Score: 2.68

86
835 members, 19 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.

87
30 members, 1 review
4.63 stars (4.63 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

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

88
19,083 members, 174 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: TheoClarke (6)

Score: 2.56

89
8,005 members, 133 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (6)

Score: 2.56

90
7,141 members, 116 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: timspalding (6)

Score: 2.56

91
7,099 members, 91 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: thorold (6)

Score: 2.56

92
2,541 members, 29 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.

93
1,509 members, 36 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Marissa_Doyle (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

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

95
870 members, 53 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6)

Score: 2.56

96
122 members, 1 review
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: smcwl (6)

Score: 2.56

97
114 members, 2 reviews
4.44 stars (4.44 stars)

Lists: proximity1 (6)

Score: 2.56

98
99 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.

99
22,736 members, 501 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (7)

Score: 2.46

100
20,826 members, 311 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.

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