10 Books That Influenced Me

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After doing a post about the 10 most influential books to literature,  I wanted to create a post about the 10 books I consider the most influential books to  me.  I am open to all suggestions.

Hamlet. William Shakespeare.

The Iliad. Homer.

Le Morte d’ Arthur. Sir Thomas Malory.

The Lord Of The Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien.

Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.

The Stand. Stephen King.

The Shadow of the Wind. Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Don Quixote. Miguel de Cervantes.

Frankenstein. Mary Shelley.

Dracula.  Bram Stoker.

What are some of the most influential books for you?

46 thoughts on “10 Books That Influenced Me

  1. 1. Gandhi, Autobiography
    2. Plato, The Republic
    3. Shakespeare, King Lear
    4. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
    5. Richard Brautigan, In Watermelon Sugar
    6. Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
    7. D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypse
    8. Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads,
    9. Baba Ram Dass, Be Here Now
    10. Pablo Neruda, 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair
    Thanks, Charles. Great topic! Gary

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  2. Great choices! Two I’d add – Master and Margarita by Bulgakov I thought was just wonderful and The Collector by John Fowles. OK, I know the premise behind the latter has now been done to death in TV movies but its still a strong book.

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  3. My ten:
    1. The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien
    2. 1984. George Orwell
    3. Macbeth. William Shakespeare
    4. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    5. The Odyssey. Homer
    6. Lavondyss. Robert Holdstock
    7. Gormenghast. Mervyn Peake
    8. Collected Poems. T.S. Eliot
    9. The Dispossessed. Ursula K. Le Guin
    10. The Lurking Fear and Other Stories. H.P. Lovecraft

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  4. One year in my mid-20s I decided to challenge myself and read Solzhenitsyn’s “In the First Circle”. I wanted to 1) Read a banned book that was a fictional/semi-autobiographical account of life in the USSR and 2) Actually finish a Russian novel.
    This profoundly enhanced and influenced my understanding of communism and elitism & how it functioned in the lives of everyday people – artists, peasants, educated, uneducated, etc etc.
    I offer this up as one of many literary influences.

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  5. frankenstein,
    my reading life and the water is wide (both by pat conroy),
    sophie’s choice,
    the giving tree,
    the mists of avalon,
    my grandmother told you to say she’s sorry,
    my sister’s keeper
    the roald dahl treasury
    poetry by pablo neruda

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  6. Cyril Jenkins

    Great post here, and I’m having a very hard time with this. I think The Bible most of all, but then just to keep the thread going.
    St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word
    JRRT Lord of the Rings
    Dante, The Divine Comedy
    Camus, The Plague
    R. W. Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages
    Romily Jenkins, Byzantium the Imperial Centuries
    Ronald Knox, Spiritual Aeneid
    Boccaccio, The Decameron
    Shakespeare (where to begin and there is no end)
    Runciman, The Sicilian Vespers

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