Over on Facebook this has been doing the rounds for a while. Since my FB page is private, I thought I’d post my list publically, here. Here are the ten books that have stayed with me for whatever reason. They may not be the best books written by those authors but they had an effect and influence on me at the time of reading. They are ALL worth checking out, however. I have to say, it was hard to whittle the list down to just ten, and there are many authors who I greatly respect missing from it (Bradbury and Bukowski to name just two) but these are the individual books that really jumped out and grabbed me. Here goes:
1) “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R Tolkien (Tolkien was a god to me in my early teens, and this trilogy set me on the path to writing).
2) “Misery” by Stephen King (My first King novel. He’s written better but you never forget your first).
3) “The Long Walk” by Richard Bachman (Simply because it’s a brilliant novel).
4) “Watership Down” by Richard Adams (Easily dismissed as The Lord of the Rings with rabbits. It shouldn’t really work as well as it does, but this is a masterpiece).
5) “The Girl Next Door” by Jack Ketchum (This novel destroyed me. I cried. You don’t forget that).
6) “October Sky” by Homer H. Hickam (Autobiographical novel – part of a trilogy, in fact. Wonderful story, rich characters, passion on every page. I instantly became a fan).
7) “The Dice Man” by Luke Rhinehart (I’d never read anything like it before, and I haven’t since. Mindblowing).
8) “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind (A dark classic. The writing is breathtaking.)
9) “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (This true story of survival is a brilliant, humbling read. Film version due to be released this year).
10) “Westlake Soul” by Rio Youers (Brave, ambitious, written with confidence and heart. A thing of beauty).