Books That Had An Effect On You

On Facebook, I was challenged to name ten books that had an effect on me or stayed with me. The instructions are:

In your status list 10 books that have stayed with you.
Don’t think too hard, they don’t have to be the “right books”or great works of literature they just have to have affected you in some way.
Tag 10 friends including the one that tagged you so they can see your list

I’m not going to tag anyone as it takes some thinking. So if you want to share yours, then go ahead.

Here are my ten books. Some are from when I was a kid, some are from when I was in my twenties, and a couple are from the last two years, but they have had a profound effect on me.

Of Mice and Men


John Steinbeck


Across The Barricades


Joan Lingard




Stan Barstow


Pride & Prejudice


Jane Austen


Love in the Time of Cholera


Gabriel García Márquez


The Dark


James Herbert


Red File For Callan


James Mitchell




James Herbert


Dragons of Autumn Twilight


Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman


Cider With Rosie


Laurie Lee

43 thoughts on “Books That Had An Effect On You

  1. I have read so many books over the years I have a hard time narrowing it down to just 10. But in most recent months and couple of years, I would have to say Daring Greatly by Brene’ Brown and On Writing by Stephen King are two that have had a huge impact on my current journey. But of all the fiction books I have read, one stands above the rest Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and S by J J Abrams is also a very unique book! It only comes in Hardback edition but it is a wonderful mystical story! My favorite kind of books are series because authors have the opportunity to really develop characters and create back stories. Love this post Al….will have to check out a couple more of your books! 🙂

  2. wow, what a cool post, Al! clever how you got the covers of the titles on here. Uncanny also, talking about Canterbury recently and now I see one of the books that inspired you was the first title that came to mind when I saw the title of your post! Dragons of Autumn Twilight has been with me since a very early age, I am a HUGE dragonlance fan and have over a hundred dragonlance novels and tons of other dragonlance stuff. Do you like the other D&D related material like forgotten realms, planescape etc? Weis and Hickman are wonderful authors (try their ‘sovereign stone’ trilogy), I highly recommend Margaret Weis’ Dragonvard series. With a personal library ofover a thousand books, picking a top ten is nigh on impossible and would mostly consist of fantasy I think.
    I’ll have a go (though in no particular order):
    A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
    Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    Surprised by Joy by C.S.Lewis
    J.R.R. Tolkien, a Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
    Magician by Raymond E. Feist
    Legend by David Gemell
    Conan by Rober E. Howard
    Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchatt
    Polgara the Sorceress by David and Leigh Eddings
    Selected Poems by W H Audin

    Arrgggh! I can think of dozens more! Damn, I love reading! Thanks, Hairy! Best wishes from Baldy 🙂
    Note, Dragonlance truly changed my life, having the biggest impact, I love the idea of a shared world where many authors write and collaborate, I hope one day that my own mythology will be published and that others will contribute, big dreams for a big world!

    • As a result of reading Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning, I started running the DragonLance AD&D game. That went on for a long time. I went on to buy the twins books, I can’t remember the names of them, when Raistlin becomes a God and the world goes to ruin with only Caremon being the one to change it. I read all of the Meetings Sextet books, and the pre-cataclysm books including … oh I can’t remember his name. The dragon slayer. I have 25mm figures of them all as well. Trying to paint Raistlin’s hourglass eyes was next to impossible. I used “helping hands” magnifying glass and a “5 O” brush. One with only a few hairs on it. I will have to dig them out and photograph them. Huma! THat’s the one.

      • Al, I could talk dragonlance all day, if you liked Raistalin, you should get Margaret Weis’ ‘the soulforge’ and ‘Brothers in arms’, both excellent preludes to the chronicles. the twins are among my favourite characters in fantasy. There is a full list of the novels and all other products on the dragonlance nexus site. The saga has evolved and there is so, so much for youto catch up on, a worthwhile journey, trust me! one of my first poems was abpout raistalin’s hourglass eyes and I used it in my English coursework twenty years ago. I haven’t thetalent or patience to paint minatures but am deeply envious of you, very cool, I’d love to see them (and then begin a plot to steal them… I mean liberate them). grins

    • I had a look at that. Thanks for the link back with that. LitToC is a fantastic book. I didn’t think I would like it, but I was surprised.

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    • Cool. I did the same books on there. I thought I would share on here as there are more readers on here than I have as friends on there

        • People invite me to games, and I block the game. I see people complaining about keep getting invitations to games. Takes ten seconds to block the game, and it stops it. Or I would be on there all the time. I used to play Mafia Wars and Vampire Wars before. I was so high up that I was having to add people I didn’t know so I could carry on. I was on there all the time. That and YoVille.

          • I played mafia wars too. I stopped for the same reason. I put a sign up telling people who don’t play to block games. I use to plat Farmville and castleville they take too much time. Now I just play criminal case. It helps with my memory. I was playing words with friends but takes too much time too. I go on FB first, scroll for awhile. Play my game then check my business email, my us verses lupus email the on to WP since it’s my busiest media.

            • I think some of the games went so far that it was becoming a job in itself to play them. If you don’t get enjoyment, then it is time to stop playing. I used to play some restaurant game and a music one that you had an app on your phone for as well. I can’t remember what the name was.

              WordPress is my busiest as well. I get hundreds of emails a day for that. Sometimes as high as 450-500 depending on who’s posting. If Nia is on one of her sprints, at the same time as Barbara (IdealisticRebel), Jueseppi (MrMilitantNegro – formerly ObamaCrat) and Euzicasa (I think it’s spelt that way), all of them can post over 20 a day, sometimes up to 100. I can’t read all blogs any more though, but I make sure I visit the regulars who visit me, even on a weekend when I am off. You, Courtney (Blog Me This Blog), Terry (Terry1954). Michelle Marie (Tell Me About It), Penny (The Why About This) Christina (Reconstructing Christina), Lauren (LScottPoetry)

            • I know I feel the same way. Some of those who post more then one I lump them daily and read them later in the day. If I don’t get through them all I lay in bed with my tablet and read them. One of the reason I got the tablet.

  4. I don’t think I have read but one or two of these.

    I guess for fairness sake, I should try to narrow down my list of 15 from last year to 10.


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