ten influential books

There is a challenge making the rounds on Facebook. One is supposed to list ten influential books. My husband challenged me, after listing his own.

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Here’s the list I came up with.

The Holy Bible
Above all.

The Imitation of Christ
by Thomas à Kempis
Still speaks to readers across the centuries.

Pilgrim’s Progress
by John Bunyan
I read this for the first time while in third grade. It was a tremendous reading experience for me.

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Mere Christianity
by C. S. Lewis
Wonderful! Enough said.

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
edited by Arthur Bennett
Always meaningful and humbling.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Awed by this book every time I read it.

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
A girl needs some romantic reading. Especially some filled with wit. Jane must have been one sharp girl. I am not a romance novel reader. Fluff and nonsense, most of them. But this one is great!

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
I know…technically four books, but they need to be read as a whole

My Antonia
by Willa Cather
I must say this one sticks with me more because of the author’s use of language than for the actual story. It is beautiful and moving.

I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov
My favorite science fiction work. I admit I have many favorite sci-fi books but there’s just something about those robots…

My eleventh book? The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.  Influential as far as my love of sci-fi, but really more of a favorite. Do I get to make two lists?

Have you given thought to those books that are most influential in your life? Or ones that are your favorites? I’d love to hear what they are.


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