i was tagged for the ten books that have stayed with you meme over at my sideblog but i am doing it here because ??? i don’t know multiple blogs is confusing!!!!! anyway:
The Book Meme: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. harriet the spy, louise fitzhugh - i mean, [gestures to URL], obviously. and stayed with me in that magical way the very best children’s literature has of offering me more as i grow older, both as i recognize now a thousand subtleties harriet herself does not and i did not at harriet’s age, and as i appreciate increasingly its wisdom. it is a book about a difficult and not very nice girl and it is also a book about compassion (and weird rich people, and new york city, and…) and the existence of both of those things in one place is very important to me. not every book i loved as a child holds up to adult scrutiny but harriet is a masterpiece and i will always say so.
2. possession: a romance, a. s. byatt - a book that dazzles and moves, which is marvelously smart and marvelously fun — byatt is ravenous in her scope and playful in her execution — but it has stayed with me because of its exploration of, in the words of one of its characters, “the paradoxical desire to be let out into unconfined space, the wild moorland, the open ground, and at the same time to be closed into tighter and tighter impenetrable spaces.” i think about that all the time.
3. tender is the night, f. scott fitzgerald - possibly my favorite sentence in a novel ever is “tangled with love in the moonlight she welcomed the anarchy of her lover” like just don’t even look at me. i also always feel strange about how much i love the women of this book since he was so shitty to the women in his life and probably stole the smartest bits from zelda (like daisy’s “beautiful little fool” line in gatsby), but, well, i do.
4. they shoot horses, don’t they?, horace mckoy - i like that this meme is books that have “stayed” with you rather than “favorites” because i am not sure if i would call this a favorite book, i am not even sure it was my favorite book i read for the crime narratives class i read it for, the week i read it i liked the postman always rings twice better, but it’s been almost five years and i think about this scene all the time still.
5. can i just say, like, “animorphs” as a unified work, and assume you’ll all know i mean the parts where it was startlingly bold and brutal and unflinching, and not the parts where it was dumb as hell or grim in a boring way? i can do that, right? cool. a solid chunk of media i’ve gotten weirdly obsessed with has its roots in these, my formative trauma baby text. it’s 2014, i’m 26 years old, and few things fuck me up like thinking about rachel realizing tobias had morphed human so that could be her last glimpse of him, and because hawks don’t cry.
6. this is how you lose her, junot diaz - i actually like the brief wondrous life of oscar wao better! but i think about this one more often. this could just be a side effect of having read it during a time when i was committed to actively tumblr’ing books, but it is equally likely to be due to the exchange “you’d think there was a war out there” / “just the one inside bodies.”
7. nw, zadie smith - ok this feels like cheating because i only read this book this year so WILL IT STAY WITH ME IN FIVE YEARS, who knows!!! who knows. but it’s one of the most thrilling reading experiences i have ever had despite not having much in the way of plot.
8. some girls are, courtney summers - this is a book i always want to recommend to everyone and also don’t because, like, all the warnings, gosh. it gave me a stomachache and i stayed up all night reading it and i just think it’s perfect.
9. meadowlands, louise gluck - picking this one because you never forget your first. this is the one i’ve loved second longest on this list, after harriet.
10. gosh for someone who doesn’t read much these days and has always been a slow reader i sure feel all of a sudden like there are miles and miles of books i love and am doing a grave injustice to by leaving out!!!! ummmm let’s toss a nonfiction book in there — drinking: a love story, carolyn knapp, one of the most spiritually important texts of my life.
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