My 10 Most Influential Books

I missed the 10 Most Influential Books meme on Facebook, so I want to make up for it. Like many of us book-nerds, I find it difficult to narrow down just ten books. I mean, do you mean books from my childhood, adolescents, my early twenties? What about all the feminist books that influenced me? Or that picture book from when I was 4 that was about colours and a scarf that had grey in it like the grey of storm clouds but I can’t remember the title of book just that particular shade of grey, and so every time I find myself in a children’s book aisle I search for that grey…

Here I offer my list of books, in no particular order, that have stuck with me, changed me, and helped shape my understanding of myself. What are yours?

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Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?

I took the buzzfeed quiz, as so many of my bookish friends are doing, and I got Anne Elliot:

Kind-hearted and smart, you enjoy helping others and thrive under pressure. You can appear reserved, but aren’t afraid to speak your mind. You’re incredibly loyal to the people you love and are just an all-round awesome person.

I am taking this as a sign that I need to read Persuasion, which I never have before. Which heroine are you?

Teaser Tuesday (Jan. 14)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two, spoiler free, “teaser” sentences
  • Share the title & author
Save me the waltz
“Other people had money; he had only enough for roses. If he did without the roses he would have nothing for ages and ages while he saved until Joan was gone or different or lost forever.” Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald
 

WWW Wednesday (Jan 8th)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

game of thrones

Currently ReadingGame of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

So, I am one of those people that watched the show first – in fact I power watched three seasons in a week as a way to cope with the creeping insanity of grad school. Now as part of a reading list of sci-fi and fantasy novels my husband made for me, I am tackling this and rather enjoying it.

hyperbole and a half

Recently Finished: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This is my first read of 2014 and I read it in one sitting. Like many, I have enjoyed Brosh’s website for several years. Her stories are not only hilarious but touching,  insightful, and authentic.

 

late nights on air

Up Next: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

The English and Film department at Wilfrid Laurier University runs a reading group every year based on their writer in residence. This year is Canadian author Elizabeth Hay. I am looking forward to being back on campus and taking part in a community activity.

 

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two, spoiler free, “teaser” sentences
  • Share the title & author
“And Clarissa remembered having to persuade her not to denounce him at family  prayers – which she was capable of doing with her daring, her recklessness, her melodramatic love of being the centre of everything and creating scenes, and it was bound, Clarissa used to think, to end in some awful tragedy; her death; her martyrdom; instead of which she had married, quite unexpectedly, a bald man with a large buttonhole who owned, it was said, cotton mills at Manchester. And she had five boys!” (p.202, Print). 
From Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf.