Books, inspiration, Musings

What books have influenced you?

You may have seen this question flying around Facebook lately. People have been tagging friends to find out which ten have stayed with them in some way. The rules are – Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be great works of literature, just books that have affected you in some way.

My ten books are:

1. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (but really all her books!)

2. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

3. Dodi Smith – I Capture the Castle

4. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

5. JK Rowling – Harry Potter (cheating a little by saying the whole series!)

6. Stephenie Meyer – Twilight

7. Kathryn Stockett – The Help

8. John Green – The Fault In Our Stars

9. Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South

10. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary

What I like is the idea that the books are ones that have affected / influenced you the most. The ones that come to your mind first. It would be interesting to make the list again on the future to see if there are any changes.

What ten books would you choose?


8 thoughts on “What books have influenced you?”

  1. Fantastic list! A few that have stuck with me: The Chronicles of Narnia (the whole series ;)), A Wrinkle In Time, Farenheit 451, Animal Farm, Speak, The Giver…

    Now you’ve got me thinking 🙂

  2. Love your book pics, Vicky! I too had Pride and Prejudice on my list. And I LOVED The Fault in our Stars, just finished reading it a little while ago. I must disagree with Jane Eyre though, I’m a Wuthering Heights kinda gal. 😉

  3. Hmm. I’m running off to work, so pretty idea for working off the top of my head.

    Everything I write is built on the foundation of Dahlgren, by Samuel R. Delany, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein.

    In terms of how to write, I’m most influenced by the movies of Robert Altman – – far more than by any writer.

    Since I write about a detective, and one who has a “Watson,” obviously Sherlock Holmes is a huge component – – though I’ve recently been reading some mysteries which were written before Holmes existed (with female detectives, too).

    Plus some other mystery writers: Stout, Carr/Dickson, Van Dyne, Queen…

    Oh, and Tolkien, because he showed how you can spend your whole writing life telling stories about one world.

    Out of time… 🙂

  4. Ooh,
    1. Lord of the Rings
    3.The Dorsai Trilogy (It was all in one book, honest)
    4.Tender is the Night
    5.On The Road
    6.The Old Roads
    7.Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
    8.Human Chain
    9.Twenty Love Poems and a song of Despair
    10. There is another one, but for the life of me I can’t remember he title. About an American High School football coach.

    But how do you leave it at ten?


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