A meme for books…

There is a book meme going around. Both Daniel Franklin and Beth Bernobich seem to want me to participate…

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just ones that have touched you.

Gods and little fishes, this is a hard one.

1. Lois McMaster Bujold, Curse of Chalion.
2. Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls.
3. Anne Applebaum, Gulag: A History – this is one of the books that convinced me history was interesting as a collection of human stories. I read it while I was still in school, and it’s at least partially responsible for how I turned into a dragnet for interesting bits of historical information.
4. Timothy Zahn, Heir to the Empire – the first science fiction novel I ever read.
5. Elizabeth Bear, Range of Ghosts.
6. David Mattingly, Tripolitania – how often, when you’re reading for final exam, do you read a book from cover to cover, not just for the Most Useful Bits? Alas that it is, and remains, out of print, for I would dearly love a copy.
7. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum – a similar thing happened with this book.
8. Ursula LeGuin, Voices.
9. David Drake, Lt. Leary, Commanding – I’m really exceedingly fond of Drake’s Leary and Mundy SF novels, but this one was the one that convinced me to stay on for the long haul.
10. Ursula Vernon, Digger – I’m cheating, because I only finished reading the omnibus last week. But it’s going to stay under my skin for a long time.

…Limiting the list to just ten annoys me. Redemption in Indigo! Trafalgar! Terry Pratchett!

But, on the other hand, these are what’re sticking with me this week.

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3 thoughts on “A meme for books…

  1. Hmm, I found Powers more affecting than Voices, but that’s purely subjective–they are both very powerful books.

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