Top Ten Influential Reads

I thought this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt at The Broke and the Bookish fit pretty well with the BookTube Influential Books Tag – so I did both! Feel free to check out the vlog version if you so desire.

ten influential books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

I mean, really. This series is everything.

Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

This series was an obsession of mine as a kid – we even took a family trip to Williamsburg! I absolutely adored everything about all these stories – 1776ish Virginia was a favorite setting of mine for many years thanks to Felicity.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Goodreads / Amazon

One of the first classics I actually read for fun once I grew out of the Great Illustrated Classics phase. I kinda wanted to be one of those snooty people, nose high, that could say ‘Yes, of course I read classics for fun!’ Then I picked this up, read it, and was too busy moving straight on to The Moonstone (also by Collins) to worry about anything else.

Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin Goodreads / Amazon

The obsession I had with these books isn’t even funny! I read and owned literally hundreds of them – pretty sure they’re still boxed up in my parents’ garage. I can, to this day, still name all the characters and details about their personalities.

And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander Goodreads / Amazon /My Review

Historical mysteries are a favorite genre of mine, and it all started here. Also, I’ve picked these up to reread during more than one difficult time in my life because I find something extremely comforting about the characters.

The Stand by Stephen King Goodreads / Amazon

Reading this began both my interest in dystopian lit and in Stephen King himself. It also taught me a lot about characterization and what it really takes to be able to create great ones.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Goodreads /Amazon / My Review

Anne and Gilbert were two of my first book loves, and I can’t imagine how I could have survived childhood without my manymanymany binge watches of the amazing miniseries.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – this is pretty much my book BFF. I’ve read it numerous times over the last decade, and it never fails to make my laugh/scream/cry in all the best ways. The characters and plot both resonate with me a lot.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

My all time favorite classic, and one of the first books I picked up based solely on a recommendation from a Goodreads friend. When I joined GR in 2008, my life changed a LOT, and this book kinda represents all that to me. Also, my feelings for this book are tied up with the miniseries. So, Richard Armitage.

The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough Goodreads / Amazon

I’ve never been prouder of a reading experience – this 1000 page chunkster kinda straddles the fiction/non-fiction line. It’s set in Ancient Rome and it is an extremely difficult and time consuming undertaking. But man, SO WORTH EVERY SECOND. There is a crazy huge 300 page glossary that you have to flip to constantly, and connecting with all of that as much as I did? Yeah, it was awesome.

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  • Shannon @ River City Reading April 1, 2014, 5:38 am

    There’s Kristy’s Great Idea! Haha, I’m totally the same way about all their details, too. Sometimes I wonder how much time I spent reading those books and how much I would remember if I went back and picked one up.
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  • Nikki April 1, 2014, 10:49 am

    Haha, yes! Harry Potter really is everything. XD I love that it had such a lasting impact on people. <3
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  • Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook April 1, 2014, 10:53 am

    I agree a million times about Harry Potter. Such an influential book, not only for me, but for children’s and YA literature too.

    I’ve been wanting to read North and South for awhile now. I love the movie with Richard Armitage. Have you seen it? Is it a lot different from the book? And isn’t Richard Armitage totally dreamy?? 🙂
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  • Angel (Spare Reads) April 1, 2014, 2:38 pm

    I feel really bad about this, the fact that I still haven’t read Harry Potter yet. I did watch all the movies though and I absolutely loved them. The problem is every time I try to read it, the book just becomes so slow for me, plus I already know what happens in the grand scheme :/ I’m not gonna give up on this though. One day I will finish the whole Harry Potter series 🙂
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  • Kelly from April 1, 2014, 7:56 pm

    Ditto on the BSC and Anne of Green Gables! And A Little Princess and Little Women and Heidi and, and, and… there was one formative year when I was like 10 and read all those books and the rest is history.

  • Katie Cross April 6, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Did you ever see the North and South movie based on Gaskills book? Swoon! It’s amazing.

    LOVED this list. Great influencers, definitely!
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