Carole asked us to list 10 Books That Have Stayed With You Long After You've Read Them. So, in no particular order:
1. To Kill a Mocking Bird-Harper Lee ~ Harper Lee wrote a book that speaks to many people on many layers and it is a book I could read over and over again. If you haven't read it you should put it at the top of your TBR list.
2. Light in August-William Faulkner ~ This is a recent read and it is my first Faulkner. Detractors say the sentences in this book are overly long and that Faulkner is over the top descriptive, which can become boring to some. I found this book transported me to a time and place, that it set the characters in front of me almost as if I were watching a movie, and I was able to see the whole book in my minds eye. I felt the southern heat, I looked into the light of the landscape, and I felt wrapped up in the lives of each character.
3. Catcher in the Rye-JD Salinger ~ Holden Caulfield forced his way into my heart and he is another character I could see in my minds eye and feel his emotional state. It's been years since I read this book, but it has stayed with me.
4. Garden of Evening Mists-Twan Eng Tan ~ Tan writes of memory, forgetfulness, acceptance, and war, as Yun Ling, a Supreme Court judge in Malaysia reflects upon her life. The Garden plays a roll in the unfolding of her story. This was my favorite book of 2012 and, imo, it should have won the Booker Prize.
5. Love in the Time of Cholera-Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~ This is a book I've read a couple of times, because I enjoy the way Marquez weaves a story by using stories within the story and interconnecting them throughout. The colors and characters of Marquez's world came alive in this book.
6. Constellation of Vital Phenomena-Anthony Mara ~ Early last year I read this book and recommended it to anyone who would listen. This is a difficult story told about a group of people surviving in war-torn Chechnya. Despite years and years of war, their spirit of hope kept them going through the horrific circumstances. The story is heart-wrenching, but I couldn't put it down.
7. Painter of Silence-Georgia Harding ~ The story is merely sketched in, in the beginning, but as the story unfolds, it fills in like a full color painting. Locating a copy of this book is difficult, but I read it via Audible and the narration was perfect.
8. Why I Wake Early-Mary Oliver ~ As someone who wakes early and who loves the beauty of nature, Mary Oliver uses words in a way I can not. At the beginning of the day I'll pick up this book and read one of the poems, as it is like saying a prayer to the day. Mary's joy, and her glorifying in the beauty of each day, is contagious.
9. All the Light We Cannot See-Anthony Doerr ~ This is my favorite book this year (so far). The story moves back and forth between two characters, a young French girl and a young German boy, telling their separate stories as WWII unfolds. As the title suggests, it is full of darkness and light, readable characters, and a plot that unfolds beautifully.
10. Dandelion Wine-Ray Bradbury ~ This is not your normal Bradbury, as it isn't science fiction. The main character is a 12yo boy, who becomes aware he is alive during his summer of running free. The joys of summer in a small town are tempered with the realities of life. I've read it several times and would love to read this book at the beginning of every summer.
The books on this list are only a smattering of favorites and it's the list I could pull out of my head in a hurry (with the help of Goodreads). I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about my list or any of the books on it.
Please share one of your most memorable books in the comments. I'd love add more to my TBR list.