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.