10 Books That Made an Impact

j0439527This past week, I was tagged on Facebook and instructed to list ten books that have made an impact on my reading life. I dutifully answered the request and figured it would also make a perfect blog post for this busy time of year.

1. The Bible, of course. As a linear thinker, I really like reading a chronological version.

2. Betsy-Tacy series (Maud Hart Lovelace) – It’s the first series I remember gobbling up back in elementary school.

3. Trixie Belden series (Julie Campbell & Kathryn Kenny) – I loved Trixie’s imperfection, so unlike the perfect Nancy Drew. She was someone I could relate to.

4. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series (various authors) – Like Trixie, the Three Investigators weren’t perfect, which made them far more authentic than the Hardy Boys.

5. Behold a Pale Horse (Joe Musser) – This book was given to me by my pastor when I was 10 or so. It was my introduction to Christian fiction.

6. Danny Orlis series (Bernard Palmer) – A Hardy Boy-like adventures with a Christian protagonist.

7. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) – I love Jane Eyre because she’s not your typical protagonist. She lacks physical beauty, but has a very layered character.

This Present Darkness8. This Present Darkness (Frank Peretti) – The first work of Christian fiction I read as an adult. It made me think of spiritual warfare in a whole new way.

9. The Last Sin Eater (Francine Rivers) – I debated between listing this book and Francine Rivers’ A Voice in the Wind. Both are extraordinary works of fiction. I’ve read A Voice in the Wind several times, but The Last Sin Eater was the book that introduced me to Francine Rivers.

10. Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift) – I just love the satire in this books. Wish I could write like that!

I’d love to know which books have made the biggest impact on you!

Comments 2

  1. I didn’t get to the “tag” yesterday, Bren. My apologies. The Bible is Numero Uno so I’ll leave it out. I’ll list ten others here in no particular order:

    1. The Black Stallion series. Loved, loved, loved them. Wonderful, magical, filled my city girl’s horse loving needs.

    2. An illustrated copy of Black Beauty I got one Christmas.

    3. This Present Darkness/Piercing the Darkness. Frank Peretti is a genius. (I could actually list all of his adult novels from these two on, including Illusion, except Monster.)

    4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Powerful, breathtaking story.

    5. Secrets/Unforgotten by Kristen Heitzmann. I absolutely loved these two of the trilogy. Only novels I read more than once.

    6. No novels have touched me in so many ways like Vince Flynn’s. Miss him and his work so much.

    7. Dogwood by Chris Fabry. I was taken in by his writing, and I didn’t even particularly care for the ending to this story.

    8. Comes A Horseman by Robert Liparulo. My introduction to this fascinating thriller writer. Love his work.

    9. Loved the three J. Mark Bertrand police procedurals (Back on Murder; Pattern of Wounds; Nothing to Hide)

    10. In the ten spot, I have to group several authors: James Scott Bell’s trilogy (Try Dying, etc.), Steven James Patrick Bowers Series, some of Brandilyn Collins’ early suspense; definitely Randy Alcorn’s Deadline trilogy, Lisa Samson’s beautiful The Passion of Mary Margaret.

    I’ll stop there. 😉

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