My Facebook account occasionally pops up “memories,” or posts that I made years ago. I’m sure those of you with Facebook have seen these as well. Quite often, these memories will be something completely irrelevant to today’s situation (like when my laptop needed a new charger).
But today’s was an interesting memory – one of those “post this to 10 friends” thingies, but it was a list of the top 10 books that have influenced me in some way. It hasn’t changed since I posted it, either.
Here is the list as I posted it two years ago:
1. “Carrie” by Stephen King. Or pretty much anything by Stephen King. From an early age, I never could tell why an author who sucks so bad could sell so many books! I’ve used this as motivation for my own writing – I want to produce something of quality that can entertain as well as enlighten.
2. “The Terminal Man” by Michael Crichton. A lot of Crichton’s novels focus on “science gone horribly wrong,” and this is one of the first novels I’ve read of his. If you want real horror – and not the schlock like King writes – pick up a Crichton novel.
3. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Speaking of “science gone wrong….”
4. “1984” by George Orwell. It’s hard for me to imagine a socialist utopia that doesn’t turn into this….
5. “Pawn of Prophecy” by David Eddings. The first “high fantasy” novel that I read, and it’s stuck with me throughout the years.
6. “Hogfather” by Terry Pratchett. High fantasy mixed with humor, and this is one of Pratchett’s best.
7. “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. Forget the crappy movie with Will Smith. This collection of Asimov’s short stories lays out his “three laws of robotics” and helped to revolutionize the sci-fi genre forever.
8. “The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury. Another collection of stories from another science fiction writer, some of these tales have really stuck with me over the years.
9. “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
10. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. I’ve read this one multiple times, and I still get a chuckle whenever I contemplate the Answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.
I noticed that these are all fiction. I wonder how the list would change if I considered the nonfiction books that have affected me as well.
In any case, what do you think? Are there any books that stand out to you in your own life, or motivated you in some way to pursue the career you chose? Feel free to comment and share!