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Ten On Tuesday

The Ten on Tuesday topic for this week was inspired by something I saw going around on Facebook during the last few weeks. I altered it slightly but the task is to list 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me Long After I’ve Read Them. Now, you know how I generally write my list and then elaborate on each thing, explaining why I’ve listed it and stuff? I’m not doing that this week. It’s not because I’m lazy, though, it’s because I have a terrible memory when it comes to books. I know I’m going to have no problem listing 10 books that have stayed with me but I also know that I won’t really be able to tell you why they have stayed with me. You’ll just have to trust me that they are books that have made a lasting impression on me and we will leave it at that. I will link to them on Good Reads, though, so that you can go read all about it them on your own time. Mmmmkay?


  1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
  3. Before & After by Rosellen Brown.
  4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
  5. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
  8. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  9. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
  10. The Historian by Elizabeth
  11. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

I know, I know, I listed 11. And I could have even listed more like The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells and all of The Outlander books and pretty much anything by Chris Bohjalian.

See what I did there? I snuck in a bunch more books. Heh.

So, how about you? What are the books you’ve read that you can’t forget? If you wrote a blog post for today be sure and share you link below. And, if you’d like to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday topic email, please click here.

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  1. This was a hard list because I had to narrow it down. My extended list would have a lot of the same books as your list. I hope my TBR list grows!

  2. I hope my TBR list grows too! I love when we do book related topics. You always have several I want to find. That Donna Tartt book is #1 on my referred by Carole list!

  3. I’m with Patty; I love book-related topics. I’ve read and enjoyed Donna Tartt’s other books, but haven’t read The Little Friend. Time to give it a try!

  4. 1. Red Tent, 2. Wolfe Hall, 3. Bring up the Bodies, 4. Harry Potter and the Scorers Stone, 5. The Historian, 6. John Adams, 7. Othello, 8. Bulfinch Mythology, 9. The Other Woman, and 10. Victoria and Albert. Love and re-read them all!

  5. I’ve been tapped by a friend on FB to do the same. I’ve been compiling my list, but like all good readers, I’m struggling with the narrowing down process. I’ll post soon and when I do, I’d love to hear your comments on my selections. Happy day, Carole!

  6. I found you through What if this is as good as it gets? blog. I will be adding to my TBR list today as I visit all those who linked-up.

  7. Some of the books on your list would also be on mine. i keep looking for someone to mention “American Pastoral”.by Phillip Roth. I had a real love/hate thing with it, but it has definitely stayed with me. Your list included some that I haven’t read–gotta get busy!

  8. I am a bad reader, only having picked books up again during the last year. And for some reason, memories of books read in my past aren’t very sharp. I will say that I really was affected by The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and think about that book often.

  9. I only have read I think two books from your list. I will have to check some of these out when I have time again.

    With the new baby, my list is peppered with quite a number of books for the much younger set.

  10. I had to holler a bit when I saw The Red Tent first on your list. I LOVE THAT ONE!!! There’s also Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons and so many others. I love it when you have the book topics. My TBR list is fantastically long!!

  11. my TBR list is gonna grow (again!) this week! great topic! My book club is reading The Red Tent for October and I’m excited to revisit it.

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