The Books That Have Stayed With Me

We all have books that leave a lasting impression on us.  For my first official blog post, I decided to post about my top ten favorite books.  This list will stand as a “bookish” introduction.

* I feel that it is important to note that this list is in no particular order!


Description for The Historian

There are many reasons why this book stands out for me.  The primary reason is because while reading it I experienced intense paranoia.  The other is because I love history.  This was a unique form of historical storytelling that was utterly engaging for me.  I was obsessed and invested in the hunt for the legend just as the main character was.


Description for Matilda

I devoured everything Roald Dahl wrote as a kid.  I loved the whimsical nature of his stories and the unique words that were sprinkled throughout.  While I enjoyed all of his books, Matilda continues to hold a special place in my bookish heart.  How could I not identify with the little girl who always had her nose in a book?


Description for Henrietta Lacks

We owe EVERYTHING to Henrietta Lacks.  Just read the book! That is all I have to say about that.  Well….one last thing.  You would not have wanted to have been a black woman with cervical cancer in the 1950s.  Read the book!


Description for Night Circus

What I remember most about this book is that it was a truly magical reading experience.  The description of Le Cirque des Reves was so beautiful and vivid that I am going to listen to the audio version soon just so I can have a magical listening experience.


Description for Half the Sky

This book rocked my world.  Very few books have left my perception of the world upside down but this book achieved that. EVERY woman should read this book.  I would love to see an updated version of this book.  Get to work Nicholas Kristof!


Description for Missoula

This is brilliant investigative journalism by Jon Krakauer.  This book left me ANGRY at the world.  It is such an eye-opening account on the unfortunate, timely topic of rape culture in America.


Description for Shadow

This is the book that I have recommended the most to others. You will become obsessed.

Jeff Guinn has quickly become my favorite non-fiction writer.  Along with the two books above I have also read his book on Bonnie and Clyde.

I have not been disappointed by anything he has written.  I have no interest in wild west gunfights but he has written about one so I will get to it at some point.  The above books are the best I have ever read on Charles Manson and Jim Jones.  They are thoroughly researched and tactfully written.  All I wanted to do was find a spot and read these books.



Whenever I had five dollars I would go to a book store and purchase the next book in the series.  It is one of my most treasured childhood bookish memories.


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