Top 10 Tuesday: Most Memorable

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This week I spent some time cleaning up my bookshelves (there was a mouse living in one!! Eating my books!) and started thinking about some of my most memorable reads. Not necessarily books I loved, but definitely books I’ll never forget!

  1. A Door into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski – I picked this one up on a whim at a thrift store because I liked the cover, but it was the first real feminist science fiction title I read and it opened a new door for me. I absolutely loved the all female, pacifist society Slonczewski created.
  2. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – DUUUUUH.
  3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein – I read this first when I was in elementary school and loved all the characters. Reading it again as an adult and also the release of the movies made me fall in love with the Lord of the Rings series all the more.
  4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – This was one of the first graphic novel memoirs I read, and it told an intense and important story with such grace that it encouraged me to check out more graphic novels.
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – For obvious reasons this book has always stuck with me. So brilliant.
  6. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – My ex was a big fan of Murakami and had all his books. He suggested I try this one and it took me a long while but in the end it really stuck with me, mostly because of the mundane scenes with the protagonist preparing a “simple meal” paired with the strange scenes that I found hard to follow at the time.
  7. As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem – another recommendation from my ex, this book is about a female scientist working on the study of a black hole in a lab, told from the perspective of her husband. He eventually fears his wife is falling in love with the black hole. Pretty neat concept and very well executed.
  8. Delicious Foods by James Hannaham – This book starts out with a teenage boy stealing a car after having his hands cut off, which is pretty memorable. This book also uses the drug cocaine as a narrator which is an interesting device.
  9. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – This book has always stuck with me along with the movie. It is told with a first-person plural narrator which is not often done and I think is done really well in this context.
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Along with dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World has always stayed in my head as the first science fiction book I really enjoyed.
  11. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – The way this book was written was super memorable; told through journal entries it follows the life of a below-average man who becomes increasingly intelligent through his participation in a scientific study.
  12. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I read this on one days notice for a friend’s book club meeting and absolutely loved it. The detailed descriptions of the military strategy employed by Ender during his training were fascinating, and also almost completely cut out of the film. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.
  13. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis – This book is about 15 dogs who are gifted human intelligence by the Gods as an experiment and was really great though a bit graphic.
  14. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – This is one of the only books I have read more than once and really, really loved. It tells the story of the life of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph.
  15. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn – This book is super memorable for me because none of the characters were really at all likeable, and I really liked that about it.
  16. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki – I thought this was an excellent fictional story incorporating meat politics. The characters were great, the information was great and the whole flow of the story was really strong.
  17. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I really connected with the story of Esther, a fiction story many allege is truly a biography of Sylvia Plath’s life and the only novel she wrote before her suicide.
  18. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche – This book was definitely memorable, though mostly for being so gross.
  19. Subrosa by Amber Dawn – This is a magical realism style book about prostitutes with special powers. Pretty amazing.
  20. Watership Down by Richard Adams – Probably my most favourite book, Watership Down is about rabbits and so is super memorable for me. ❤

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