Books that have stayed with me

Books That Have Stayed With Me

"List ten books that have stayed with you in some way."

I saw this book tag floating around Tumblr and even though I wasn't tagged, I wanted to do a post for it. So here are the 10 books that have stuck with me long after I finished reading them...

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

I have to lump all seven of these into one or you wouldn't be reading much else on my list. This series is an undefinable part of my life in a way that I think many of you also experience. I cannot imagine going through life never having read this wonderful series.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I have been in love with this book since the first time I read it. When I imagine my love life, I am not at all ashamed to say that one version is eerily similar to Lizzy and Darcy's story.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

This book is completely different than the books I usually choose to read, and that is partially why it stuck with me so much. The other part is that I identified with and admired the heroine so much. She was so brave and strong and made decisions that I'm not sure I would have been brave or strong enough to make if it had been me.

Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery

I know, another series! I read these when I was really young, and unlike some other series I've revisited, I still loved them when I read them again as an adult.

A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede

I can still remember the first time I read this one. I fell in love with the characters and the mysterious story the first time, and I've reread it again and again.

Helper 12 by Jack Blaine

This book is a dystopian novel -- notice it is a single novel and not a trilogy -- and honestly, that may have been some of the appeal. The story was concluded in one book but still left me plenty to think about it.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Though I just recently read this one, I have been reluctant to start any of my other TBRs because I just loved this world. I don't want to leave it behind!

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I thought about this book for weeks after, and I just felt like I could read it again and again and discover something new each time.

Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

I read this series while I was traveling in Rome, Italy, and being at the setting but thousands of years later was just fascinating.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I debated whether or not to even put this one on the list, because I did not enjoy reading this book. I actually detested it, but I could not put it down and once I'd finished it, I could not stop thinking about it. I often have the unfortunate tendency to think about a book I hated more than I would choose.

These are just 10 of the books that I've had to chew on for awhile after finishing them. Sometimes I decided I liked wrestling with the characters over certain events and decisions, but others times I decided I hated it all and wished I could never think of it again. Regardless, they all stuck with me in some form or fashion.

Which books have stayed with you?