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My Favorite Fiction List

December 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Reading fiction has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. We didn’t own a lot of books growing up, but the library was only a short walk away, and it had fantastic air conditioning. I spent more time in the library in the summer than some kids spent in the pool. The following is a list of the books that have influenced and shaped my world view, writing style, and philosophy.

You will have definitely heard of at least one of these books, unless you’re a complete neanderthal. You’ll notice my list has lots of kid books on it. That is because these books have all shaped me as a person at important times in my life, and as a result I’ve never forgotten them. Or maybe I’ve just never grown up.

  • Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James: In a way, this is the great American novel to me – it captures a lost part of America perfectly.
  • Harry Potter and the * by J K Rowling: Okay, this is the one you’ve probably heard of… The greatest example of world-building I’ve ever read.
  • The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien: Gollum still frightens me.
  • The Great Brain by John D Fitzgerald: Being wicked smart is wicked fun. This was a good message at a time when being smart was getting me beat up a lot. 2007 was a bad year. 😉
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: Taught me that sometimes you just have to do what you have the power to do, all other things aside.
  • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien: This is the first book I remember my parents reading to me as a child. It sparked my love for reading and writing.
  • The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Quintessential young adult fantasy. I never would have survived Junior High without these books.
  • The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Ambition, ego, modest talent, and inheritance is a bad combination.
  • What about you? Feel free to recommend a book that has influenced you.

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    2 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Michael Kelly // Dec 15, 2008 at 8:39 pm

      Pillars of the Earth is also on my list – probably the most influential book I read growing up.

      I’d also add the works of Terry Brooks, David Eddings, and Robert Jordan. Not because they were especially influential, but they did help me pass the otherwise boring days of my schooling.

    • 2 Sridhar Oruganti // Dec 17, 2008 at 6:23 am

      I love historical fiction and James Clavell is my fav.
      Shogun anyone?

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