Last week, a friend was talking about an assignment she gave to her students: Make a list of the 10 books that have most influenced your life. I started wondering what those books would be for me. As a young bookworm, I read stacks of books, but which ones influenced or even changed me? In college, I took countless Literature classes, but which books from those classes stayed with me after the class had ended?
So, here is my list. I'm including fiction only (all books except for one play), because nonfiction books (and the Bible, which I place in its own category) influenced me in different ways.
10. The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander
I discovered this book at the local library after exhausting the suggestions of the children's library. Lloyd Alexander is probably better know for his Black Cauldron series, but it was through this book that I was introduced to his works. The Arkadians tells the story of a group of rejected, strange wanderer who end up traveling together. The specific details of the book have been lost to me, but I remember falling in love with the journey story, and the strange yet lovable characters.
9. So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Warkins
8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
7. How Green was my Valley by Richard Llewellyn
6. The American Girl historical books by various
5. The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
4. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
3. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
2. Time and Again by Jack Finney
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling