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A new book meme...

"This can be a quick one. Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes."

Not so hard because I read a lot. I have two non-fiction and two kids' books on my list.

In no order:

1. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
2. Hiroshima by John Hershey (had to read it for a WWII unit in history class)
3. Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Patterson (best kids/young adult novel ever!)
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
6. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
7. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
8. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
11. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
12. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
13. Anne Frank- the Diary of a Young Girl
14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (another childhood favorite)
15. To Kill a Mockbird by Harper Lee

Yes, a lot of the books that have stuck with me have to do with death and destruction, and racism and other bad stuff! Well, you can't read Hiroshima or Anne Frank's diary or Mockingbird and not have them stick to you. Terebithia made me aware of my mortality, that kids my age could suddenly die. And growing up during the Cold War made me think and worry about nuclear war. Naturally books like On the Beach and Alas, Babylon stuck with me!

Speaking of books, I've finished the last three Torchwood novels I had, and now I need to think of something else to read. I'm so ashamed of myself for not reading more this year. :(