15 Books That Have Stayed With Me

So my brother posted this on Facebook, but I wanted to respond with a little bit more room to throw in a few words about each one (and add book cover pictures…because they’re cool). Here goes, in no particular order:

1. The Holy Bible Various authors – Be excellent to each other.

Love thy neighbor.

Party on, dude…well, maybe not that.

2. The Dragonriders of Pern (original trilogy) Anne McCaffrey – Because who doesn’t want to ride a majestic dragon through the skies of an alien planet?


Mush, mush, you husky!

3. The Honor Harrington series David Weber – Military Sci-Fi 101

Set missiles to blow-up-a-lot!

And so, it begins…

4. The Mote in God’s Eye Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – Military Sci-Fi 201 (+ Alien Contact lab class)

All is not as it seems...

What if WE were the ‘superior’ species?

5. Starship Troopers Robert Heinlein – Military Sci-Fi 301 (+ Social Contract thesis)

Mention the movie again...and I'll kick you right in the jimmy.

The book…not that #@$*ing movie!

6. Five Great Ideas Mortimer J. Adler – So, that’s what a bunch of those ‘-isms’ are about.

Introduction to Mind-Blowing

From my Philosophy class, Senior year, OAHS.

7. A Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein – Screw your -isms…just grok it.


Read it, learn it, grok it.

8. Ringworld Larry Niven – This is how scale is done.

The perversity of the Universe tends towards a maximum.

Build a ring 93 million miles in radius – one Earth orbit – around the sun.

9. The Stand Stephen King – This is how scope is done.

The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.

Good vs. Evil…that’s right, with the capitals, so you know it’s ON!

10. The Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling – Heroes, done right.

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

11. Watchmen Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons – Anti-heroes, done right.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

‘In the end’? Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.

12. 1984 George Orwell – The horrific triumph of the Left.

This is double-plus good.

Seriously, the best book cover EVER for ‘1984’.

13. V for Vendetta Alan Moore & David Lloyd – The horrific triumph of the Right.

People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Again, the book…not the @$%*ing movie.

14. Night Shift Stephen King – Scary, short, and scary (yeah, I said it twice).

So many sleepless nights...

The Boogeyman. ‘Nuff said *shudder*.

15. Lucifer’s Hammer Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – Scary, because $%!# falls out of the sky all the *@#-damned time.

All of our eggs, one basket...bad idea.

Birds aren’t just the remnants of dinosaurs…they’re a WARNING!


One thought on “15 Books That Have Stayed With Me

  1. Amy Danette says:

    My list may seem boring, and half the books are the ‘classics’ from high school reading lists… but you have to admit that these stick with you! In no particular order:

    Catcher in the Rye
    Of Mice and Men
    Animal Farm
    The Scarlet Letter
    The Jungle
    I Know This Much Is True
    A Suitable Boy
    Interpreter of Maladies
    The Hour I First Believed
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy
    The Art of Racing in the Rain (I’m a dog lover, sue me)
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Great Gatsby
    The Diary of a Young Girl
    Romeo & Juliet

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