Books That Influence You

If you are part of our little community odds are you are a voracious reader: I am, and ever since I was little I catch myself (or my parents would) staying up way too late, totally engrossed in a book.  So, I started thinking of different books I still remember vividly or had an influence on me – considering the number of books I read each year there’s not too many I can still recall decades later, and there are even fewer I have read multiple times.  Which tells me those books must be pretty darn good.

I’m sure you have books that have done the same to you, also.  Why not share some of those titles with others here?  I’m certain they would appreciate it as they look for their next read and, who knows, you may find something you can’t put down?

Don’t take too long to think about it – list out five books you’ve read that will always stick with you. The first five you can recall in no more than five minutes; I thought this would be easy for me but will admit it was hard for me to do

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(These are in no particular order. I admit to going over the five book limit.)

1. Cat in the Hat – Dr. Suess
2. Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy
4. Flint – Louis L’Amour
5. Last of the Breed – Louis L’Amour
6. The Prodigal Daughter – Jeffrey Archer
7. Entire Men at War Series – W.E.B. Griffin
8. Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
9. The Black Stallion – Walter Farley
10. Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank
11. Winds of War – Herman Wouk
12. My Name is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
13. Mila 18 – Leon Uris
14. The Shack – William P. Young
15. Fools Die – Mario Puzo
16. The Stand – Stephen King
17. Hawaii – James Michener
18. Entire Shogun Series – James Clavell



18 Responses

  1. The Mill on the Floss — George Eliot
    Diana — R. F. Delderfield
    Lord of the Rings trilogy — H.R.R. Tolkin
    The Story of the Other Wiseman — Henry Van Dyke
    Mister God, This is Anna — Fynn
    There are so many more but I refrained

  2. Because there are so many books to read I try not to re-read any. The 1 that I have reread at least twice is The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. I have even seen the movie that was made. I highly recommend it!

  3. HMS Ullisses by Alistair McClain The
    Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
    Everything I can get my hands on by John Ringo,
    Hawaii by Mitchner The Doc Savage books and Red Storm Rising by Clancy

      1. My memorable books:
        Gone with the Wind
        Winds of War
        War and Remembrance
        The Far Pavilion
        Thorn Birds
        Cider House Rules

  4. Alice in Wonderland-Lewis Carroll
    Little Women-Louisa May Alcott
    Exodus-Leon Uris
    The Far Pavilions-MM Kaye
    Before We Were Yours-Lisa Wingate

  5. 1. The Disappearance by Philip Wylie
    2. Thief in the Night by William Sears
    3. White Banners
    4. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    6. Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. DuBois

  6. All the Outlander books (several times)
    Anne of Green Gables
    Thorn Birds
    Most of James Michener

  7. My memorable books:
    Gone with the Wind
    Winds of War
    War and Remembrance
    The Far Pavilion
    Thorn Birds
    Cider House Rules

  8. I consider influential books the ones that prompted me to believe a certain way, take a moral stand, or walk a different life path. Here’s five of the most influential:
    1. The Bible
    2. The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke
    3. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    4. Of Men and Mary by Christine Watkins
    5. The Odyssey by Homer

  9. The books that got me started reading and kept me at it.
    An Occurance on Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Modesty Blaise
    Doc Savage
    The Stand by Stephen King and the everything he has written since…
    Ward Larsen’s David Stanton series

  10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare – William Shakespeare
    The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
    Candide – Voltaire
    Spoon River Anthology – Edgar Lee Masters

  11. Bible
    Narnia series – CS Lewis
    Lord of the ring series – Jr Tolkien
    Mrs Polifax series
    Flinx and Pip series – Alan Dean Foster

  12. To Kill A Mockingbird
    Dune series
    Holy Blood Holy Grail
    Sherlock Holmes Mysteries
    Zecharia Sitchin Earth Chronicles Series

  13. Pillars of the Earth/Kingsbridge series- Ken Follett
    Maisie Dobbs series -Jacqueline Winspear
    Gaudy Night and all the Lord Peter Wimsey series – Dorothy Sayers
    Still Life and all the Inspector Gamache series – Louise Penny
    Everything written by Agatha Christie

  14. Cyrano de Bergerac
    Sherlock Holmes
    One, Two, Three…Infinity
    Greek Mythology
    Ansel Adams’ photography

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