10 Books That Have Never Left You Challenge

There is a challenge going around pile of bookscyberspace that is about making a list of 10 books that have stayed with you in some way after you have read them.

This was a tough challenge because there have been so many books that have stayed with me that it was hard to pick just 10. 

But I did it. I wanted to make it a little more fun so I added a note on why these books made my list. Here they are…


1. The Hidden Staircase: Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keene (This was my first mystery book. I was hooked.)

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Dame Agatha Christie (She was my mom’s favorite author and my first adult mystery book. How can you not love her books?)

3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (Scared the #### out of me. Need I say more.)

4. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (My first foray into fantasy and Terry Brooks was a perfect choice. I’ve been a fan ever since.)

5. Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories by Isaac Asimov (The father of science fiction. His stories help me find the geek inside me.)

6. Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters by Phillip C. McGraw (I read this book when I was going through some tough times and I still remember the lists of 10.)

7. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron (After reading Julia’s book, I finally started calling myself a writer.)

8. Can We Talk to God by  Ernest Holmes (This book took me to new spiritual heights. Dr. Holmes words bounded off the page and lodge themselves into my soul.)

9. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler (I learned how to stand up for myself using these tools.)

10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (I love stories of England and I love the characters that Elizabeth creates. I was sad when the story ended.)


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