Booking Through Thursday - 15 books that will always stick with you

Deb came up with an interesting question for Booking Through Thursday

I saw this over at Shelley’s, and thought it sounded like a great question for all of you:

“This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.”

I caught a peek of this yesterday and wanted so badly to do it, but didn't have time so put it totally out of my mind so I could try to come up with a list in 15 minutes. I have read a jillion books over the years and there are so many. Sat down this morning and this is what came to mind.

Edgar Rice Burrough's "At The Earth's Core." Book 1 in the Pellucidar series. My brother introduced me to science fiction / fantasy novels back in the 70's and I remember going through all Burrough's books in the library.

Nora Robert's "the MacGregor Brides." This is the first one book I read by Robert's and is the one responsible for me collecting and reading every single one of her books.

Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." I always wanted to read it and finally did. Loved, loved, loved it and is one book that will stick with me for a long, long time.

Bodie and Brock Thoene's "First Light." Book one in the A.D. Chronicles which takes the stories of the bible and gives life to the characters. Personalized the bible and helped me to see it in a whole new light, plus led me to read all of Thoene's books.

Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness." The first book in a set of three about a small town in ashton, the sight of spiritual warfare between demons and angels. A story that gives me goose bumps every time I read it. And of course, I have since read all his books.

Ted Dekker's "Thr3E". My first Dekker book and it was chilling, thrilling and mind boggling.

Kevin receives a call on his cell phone. A strange voice tells him he has 3 minutes to confess or his car will blow up.

Piers Anthony's "A Spell for Chameleon." Book one in the Xanth series. Another fantasy novel series that hooked me for quite a period of time during the 70's and 80's.

T.L. Hine's "The Unseen." A interesting supernatural thriller that kept me riveted through the whole book.

Mercedes Lackey's "Arrows of the Queen." Book one in the Heralds of Valdemar series. I really loved this series
and have been hooked on Lackey's books ever since.

J.D. Robb's "Naked in Death." The first book in the Eve Dallas futuristic cop series. I've read all 26 books in the series so far...twice. I have a tendency to read every book in a series when I really like an author.

Continuing with Nora...her Three Sisters Island Trilogy. There are just some books that the characters really stand out and are so well drawn, that you never want the book to end. I've read this series a couple times now and will most likely revisit again and again.

Linda Kreger Silverman's "Upside Down Brilliance: The Visiual-Spatial Learner." While studying learning styles and temperments in order to homeschool James, read this book and discovered I am a visual-spatial learner. An eye opening book to say the least.

Susan Wise Bauer's "The Well Trained Mind." The book that started it all and gave us the encouragement to home school.

Phyllis Whitney's "Hunter's Green" My introduction to romantic suspense novels way back in the 70's.

And last but not least

Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale." The very first book I read on the recommendation of a book blogger (Mental Multivitamin). I decided to step out of my reading box, take a chance and loved it. So this is the one that started it all and lead to my ever growing wishlist and towering To Be Read pile.

Wow! What a fun exercise. It was a wild trip down memory lane as books and authors popped into my head, one after the other. I definitely seem to get hooked on series.

Your turn. Take 15 minutes and see what books you can recall that have stuck with you over the years?


  1. Yay! I'm so happy to "meet" a fellow Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb fan. I haven't kept up with Roberts' contemporary fiction, though I used to read it a lot. The Key Trilogy was one of my favorites.

    I thought The Thirteenth Tale was great. It almost put it on my list too!

  2. Good list. Thirteenth Tale and the In Death books are definitely sticky!

  3. Interesting list! I've been too intimidated to try "War and Peace," and quite frankly haven't heard anyone say they LOVED it! But, since I've conquered Les Miz, The Count of Monte Cristo and Wives and Daughters this past year, maybe I'll give it a go? Maybe...

  4. Great list! I keep thinking about addressing War and Peace but have not yet done so. The Thirteenth Tale is DEFINITELY a story that sticks with a person!

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing!

  5. I enjoyed your list too, but have only read: Thirteenth Tale (liked it though) :)

  6. I like the way you put the book covers on your list.

    unfortunately I haven't read any of your books.

  7. Loved your list...I've read some of them...15 minutes that would be hard!!

  8. Yay for Edgar Rice Burroughs! I like his books, too. :) And the Thirteenth Tale is in my TBR pile.

  9. Great list, Robin! You have listed a couple of books that I have in my TBR. I had wanted to list down Nora Roberts' Three Sisters Island Trilogy but didn't. I love her trilogies. Like you, I have the tendency to collect and read everything in a series if I like an author. I think I have collected all her trilogies...

    I also want to give Ted Dekker's books a try. THR3E sounds very good.

  10. Some good ones on your list. I love the Eve and Roark series too!!


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