As I mentioned the other day, there’s a popular meme which started on Facebook and has spread well beyond it in which people list books that have stayed with them. I find this meme fascinating, and I’d encourage everyone to take part.
I’m going to use this post to compile together interesting book lists, especially from people in my immediate online circles, together with links to some related articles.
Interpretations of the Meme
Not everyone interprets the meme in the same way. There are subtly different ways of looking at this, which could lead to different lists. For example I didn’t include books which had once meant a lot to me, but have since fallen off the radar. Nor did I list what I thought were the best books or the books that I’d enjoyed the most. My interpretation was more along the lines of “had something about it that means it remained with me over a lifetime”. And I’m old enough that I could have loved something for a decade, and yet it’s had time now to fall off that kind of a list.
Other people have slightly different interpretations, but that doesn’t greatly matter. I’m not interested in rule-lawyering about it, more interested in knowing what books have mattered to people, and how.
The List of Lists
Book Meme Blog Posts
- Ten Books of Note – A Personal Selection (Contains Moderate Peril)
Books That Have Stayed With Me (My Inner Geek)
The books that define Karen Rought (Hypable staff)
Books That Have Stayed With Me (StarShadow)
The Books That Remain… (MurfVersus)
Lists Added as Blog Comments
I’ll keep these lists updated as I find more posts.