Expanded from a Facebook meme…
Post in your status 10 books that have “stayed with you.” Don’t have to be good, just memorable. Off the top of your head. Tag me and 9 others.
1. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book felt like a raunchy telenovela with magic, a lot of death and incest.
I used to be grossed out by incest. This book sensitized incest for me.
I bought this book as gift to myself on my 19th birthday. Followed it up with another Gabriel Garcia Marquez classic, Love in the Time of Cholera, which was a slow-burn compared to 100 Years.
2. Elements of Journalism by Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach
Basic. Excellent reference on journalism and the ethics of the profession. It made me not want to be a journalist after reading. Too much altruism and intelligence required. Really considered shifting to another degree.
3. Elements of Style by E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr., illustrated by Maira Kalman
Our Introduction to Communication Research professor introduced us to this book, and the illustrated version. I thought, “Wow! A college textbook but illustrated!” Bought this together with Elements of Journalism. They were the last copies, so I had to snag them even though they were pricey.
I was really sold on the illustration. I like to think my writing improved after reading it, but I know better.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
The story about the three deathly hollows. Genius. And how it’s been alluded to since Sorcerer’s Stone, really awesome.
5. Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block
Got a hold of this book in my high school library. It’s second of a series that I never got to read. Magical realism, young adult novel set in L.A. I remember the troubled teen protagonist going on a road trip with a gay couple.
6. L’Amante by Marguerite Duras
Watched the movie adaptation in ‘Communication 100’ years before reading the e-book. The book, written in French, is less about the sex that was in controversial amounts in the movie. It was more about the love, the lover, the fast and dirty sexual awakening of a French girl within the slow and lovely demise to poverty and perversion.
7. a biography of Hans Christian Andersen written for kids
Read this on a break from binging on Goosebumps in my grade school library. I can’t remember the exact title and author. It was short and illustrated.
I learned from the book that Andersen was gay. Looking back, he kind of has to be gay to have written such a heartbreaking story as the Little Mermaid. I later learned he was actually bisexual.
8. Too Late to Die Young by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Harriet’s thoughts on euthanasia and death were inspiring.
A find from Booksale. Harriet had neuromuscular atrophy. She was not supposed to live beyond her teens. But she did. And she became an attorney. With a masters in public administration. (I’m such an underachiever. And it’s OK, I keep telling myself.) She also became perhaps one of the biggest activists for disabled people’s rights during her time. She died in 2008.
9. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The greatest love letter to New York.
This book was easy to feel while I was in Baguio and frequently took solitary walks in the cold city at night. Then I left Baguio and reality hit me. This is not New York. This is a tropical country. It’s hot and humid. And babies puke on you during long bus rides.
10. 1984 by George Orwell
Really terrifying cautionary tale, especially now with the Snowden NSA scandal.