There’s this book challenge going around Facebook, and I’ve been tagged several times by friends. For book nerds like me, this challenge can be a hard one. Seriously, if you’ve read a LOT of books, it will take you a while to come up with just 10(!).
The rule goes like this:
I’ve been challenged to list 10 books that have stayed with me in some way, and tag people to do the same. Rules (there are always rules): Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just the ones that have affected you in some ways. [Then tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.]
Thankfully, I’ve already listed my Top 5 in a previous post, so I only have to come up with another five! And so, here is the rest of the books that have made an impact on me thus far:
1. Chronicle of a Death Foretold — My first encounter with the wonderful works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and magical realism. There are gruesome parts, but the best lesson is really how a few minutes can change ones’ fate.
2. Something Wonderful — This is another one of those historical romances I read in high school. This is such a romantic love story, that I wonder why it has not yet been made in to a movie. I think even hardened cynics would swoon to Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Lawrence’s love story. Plus point: you get to learn about British royalty and culture.
3. Kitchen Confidential – So, it’s not fiction, but really more of a behind-the-scenes look on what happens inside professional kitchens and the fascinating characters in the culinary world (not just chefs). When I read this, I felt like Anthony Bourdain was telling me the story, much like he does in his travel shows.
4. P.S. I Love You — No, it’s not the Cecelia Ahern book, though that was good too. This book of the same title is the first book in the Sweet Dreams series that came out in the 80s till the mid-90s. Raise your hand if you remember those good old Sweet Dreams books!
I read this the summer I was twelve years old, and to read this sad/beautiful story of young love cut too soon is memorable for me. I told this story to one of my classmates, and I literally cried while I was talking about it, I think she thought I was weird (hehe).
Thankfully, there was a happy ending for Mariah (the lead character) in Book #23 of the same series (Yes, girls! I remember!)
5. Gone Girl — This one is a recent favorite, because I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I’m praying that the movie does justice to the book. You HAVE to read this before the movie comes out, because I’ve seen some articles saying there were some plot changes made for the big screen.
According to the rules, I should tag friends to answer this challenge. If you’ve read this post, I tag YOU! Go ahead and list your own top 10 books on your Facebook page or your blog! Then let me know, ok? I do like looking at my friends’ lists and getting suggestions on what to read next. Enjoy and happy listing!
P.S. My top five books