A few various people have done a "list 15 books you like" meme, but I've been inspired by londo
's ponderings over his list to instead list 15 books that are extremely important to me and my growth andor change as a person.
1. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
. I've never been apologetic about it; Rand is my favorite fantasy author, and I reread her fiction every few years. Finding her books in junior year of high school was monumentally important to my evolution as a person.
2. J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, The Book of the Subgenius
. My first look into alternate... anything.
3. Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, The Dragonlance Chronicles
, and if it's necessary to pick one, Dragons of Winter Night
. The first fantasy books I ever found. I pick Winter Night
because one of my only memories from pre-high-school was ambushing my brother (who was the owner of the books) as he came home one day to rant at him about the "great reveal" of the book.
4. "J", The Sensuous Woman
. Honestly, I bought this book off of the 5-cent rack at the library just to shock a classmate. Then, one day, I ended up reading it. And I think I benefited in the long run.
5. Herman Roucher, Ode to Billy Joe
. Lent to me by red_ervish
in college, one of the first books to ... well, actually, if I tell you what it's about, it spoils the plot.
6. Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
. Critically important to my curiosity in philosophy and values.
7. Willo Davis Roberts, The Girl with the Silver Eyes
. Okay, so maybe THIS was the first fantasy I ever read - Dragonlance was just the first sword and dragons fantasy. This is a YA book about a girl with ESP powers due to her mother having been pregnant and working at a drug factory, and the girl's attempts to find the six other kids in the world who had also been born with these powers. It still sticks with me.
8. Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching
. First Eastern philosophy/religion book I ever read, in high school.
9. Carl Sagan, Contact
. Because there's so much out there, and we - I - need to keep looking.
10. John T. Molloy, The New Women's Dress for Success
. I read this after college, and while I don't follow all of the rules (short women should apparently never, ever wear long skirts, and hair as long as mine is RIGHT out), I feel like it did inform me about businesswear when I didn't have a clue before.
...and now I'm getting kicked out of contradictacat
's living room, so I'll have to finish later.