Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
Thank you for the tag, Tarz-e-taghaful.tumblr.com!
Okay, I am awful at remembering what my favourite “things” are. If I get asked what bands or movies I love, I am dumb and always forget what they are. I don’t really have specific “this is my favourite” with most anything, so I will suitably suck at this list as well.
ANYWAYS…! MY DUMB LIST…!
1: The Wind in the Willows
I love the tone and mood of this book, where it’s a “kids” book but it isn’t dumb and OVERLY cutesy (I hate the excuse of “well it’s for kids” to rationalize dumb stuff). Years ago I was sick in a hospital in Italy for a while, and I had Huckleberry Finn and The Wind and the Willows as my only entertainment.
I read them both dozens of times because there was nothing else to do.
2: Lil’ Nemo in Slumberland
I vote it’s okay for me to include classic comics on this list, as I read them in book compilations. I never really read superhero comics (but I don’t dislike them), but I loved classic comic strips all growing up. Lil’ Nemo had the bestest drawings ever.
Tintin is great, though reading them again as an adult, I’m bummed with how lucky and deus ex machina Tintin often is. Plus the racist drawings are pretty racist.
But, it still was a big part of my childhood.
I loved loved loved Dune growing up, and I haven’t read it in years but I gotta re-read it soon. I didn’t care about the sequels though, nor the prequels written by Frank Herbert’s son, but that first Dune book is awesome.
5: Catcher in the Rye.
Okay, in high school when I read Catcher in the Rye, I loved it.
But earlier this year I tried to listen to an audiobook of it, and I was so damn annoyed. Holden Caulfield was a whiny lil’ shit when it’s read out loud, OR I had just grown up. I’m not sure.
I read it for summer school one year since I got an F in my English class when I was 14, and it’s probably the only reading I ever actually did for school (I never did homework and was an awful student). It was a great book when you’re 14 and in summer school.
6: Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, Bloom County, etc
I’ll lump in all the daily comics I grew up with into one entry since the entire list could be daily newspaper strips. I love and have studied daily comics, but I hate how small the panels are and the limited space for words so I ain’t good at making them.
7: Various Time/Life “Mysteries of the Unexplained” type books.
I have hundreds of books on my bookshelves, and half of them are prolly those big Time/Life book collections about conspiracies, mysteries, ghosts, space, myths and legends, etc etc. I love those stupid things and I still open them up and read them all the time.
(If you like them too, just wait till a local library is having a book sale and you can get these entire awesome collections for a few bucks)
8: The Psychotronic Film and Video Guide.
It’s a big ol’ book filled with descriptions/mini-reviews of thousands of exploitation, horror, low-budget, b-movie, etc etc type films. Every time you open it you see a listing you never read before (plus the plots and kooky movies are fun to read about).
9: Popeye (the original ones done by E.C. Segar)
I think that since most of us only know Popeye from the cartoons and whatnot, the level of respect the comic gets isn’t as high as I think the original ones deserve.
The E.C. Segar era of Popeye (he created it, and since he died young other artists took over the strip) was very good, and is still funny reading it today. Surreal and violent and silly and ironic and ahead of it’s time.
10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
My dad was a big fan of these books, so I read them very young and they’ve stuck with me ever since. I loved the tone and silliness and I still think about them all the time (I haven’t read them in yeeeeears though).
As you can see, I am horribly un-read… I actually haven’t read for fun in years and everything I read is some form of research, but I used to read books every day and night.
As far as recent literature goes, I’ve read almost nothing (I focused more on “classic” literature as an adult to catch up on things I didn’t read as a naughty student). I am awful with how little I read, especially since I am meant to be a writer. OH WELLLLLLLLL.