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That book meme that's going around
Bar Harbor
List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you: list the first 15 you can recall in 15 minutes. Don't take too long to think about it.

I'm limiting this to prose works. I might do another one for comics, later.

1) Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

2) Snow Crash

3) Watership Down

4) All of Miles Vorkosigan

5) True Names

6) Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit)

7) The Dragaeran novels

8) A Christmas Carol

9) The Anubis Gates

10) Lizard Music (and much more of Pinkwater)

11) The Society of Mind

12) Orlando Furioso, etc.

13) The Incredible Umbrella

14) Tunnel in the Sky (and many other Heinlein)

15) The Flight of Dragons

Even limited to prose, I can't stop at just 15...

16) Freaky Friday (and sequels)

17) The Westing Game

18) The Way of a Man With a Maid

19) The Day of the Triffids

20) Diaspora

21) Baum's Oz books

22) The Romance of Lust

23) The Steerswoman series

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Great list! In fact, all the lists I've seen so far would make a marvelous "book discussion group". Compile them, and you've got a lifetime reading list!

I couldn't pluck out one Pinkwater book to list, but his works as a whole were probably the most influential on my childhood. And of course are still great in adulthood.

A sign of excellent character!

I'm pretty sure Lizard Music was the first one I discovered, and it had a pretty huge impact on me. Of almost equal weight would be Alan Mendelson, The Boy From Mars and Young Adult Novel.

More recently, I have been getting great pleasure by giving (and reading) his polar bear picture books to cvirtue's twins. I especially like Bongo Larry and Bad Bear Detectives.

How old were you when you encountered "The Romance of Lust"? I missed that one. . .both in life and the first time I read your list.
Check out the reviews on Amazon--they're a scream. Someone who says "this is illegal to read in my country" thanks the anonymous author for inspiring him to learn English, and now he's an English teacher. He must have a, well, interesting vocabulary.

I'm horrible at time-based memory, but I would guess around 15 or 16. I still enjoy rereading it from time to time.

As for vocabulary, it was books like this that taught me the word "gamahuche" :-)

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