keepingtrackofnothing tagged me in the book meme and even though I did it several months ago, I am not going to look back on my answers because I want to see what will be different this time around.
[Edit: here’s the last one I did, and 7/10 of the books are the same. Somehow, neither The Handmaid’s Tale nor Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood are on either list, but those are my bonus entries, I think about them all the time.]
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. Cunt by Inga Muscio. Blew my baby feminist mind. (I read the original edition, apparently her 10th anniversary edition was updated to be less transmisogynist, I hope so.)
2. The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire. I took this book out for a walk on a foggy day and ending up reading it on the waterfront and it was perfect.
3. Outlander (+ sequels) by Diana Gabaldon. I am re-reading the series now after first having read them about 10 years ago and it is wonderfully comforting to come back to stories that I loved when I was a different person and find them still entertaining.
4. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. This is about to come into print again (with a free ebook edition), everyone read it and cry and cry and cry.
5. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. I read this a few months ago, but I know it will be with me for awhile.
6. The Harry Potter books were the first books that introduced me to the joy of being a fan. I was working in a bookstore when the 5th book came out so I got to do the whole midnight party thing. It was so exciting to read the Mugglenet forums and speculate on Snape’s true colours, what the last Horcruxes would be, would Harry live, etc.
7. Little House in the Big Woods (and sequels) by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These were my first chapter books. My parents got me the boxed set for my birthday and I read them countless times growing up. My favorite was The Long Winter. Too bad they’re pretty racist.
8. Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I loved Anne of Green Gables too, but Emily was more fun. I wanted to be a writer and I would wander around outside writing poems about trees just like the protagonists in all of Montgomery’s novels.
9. Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. A sort-of memoir, sort-of mythology about Kingston’s experience as a child of immigrants and her mother’s experience in China. Just gorgeous.
10. Can I pick just one book by Terry Pratchett? Probably not, so I’ll go with Wyrd Sisters. But you know, it could also be Interesting Times, Reaper Man, Guards! Guards!… He’s a funny dude.
Okay, I’m not going tag anyone, but doooooooo it, if you want. Only if you want!