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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Ten Influential Books!

This tag is one of my absolute favourites. The idea is to list ten books that have been influential in your life somehow, but not to explain why. I put together my first list over on my book blog here, but I thought it would be fun to compile another list here.

Morning Breaks in the Elevator by Lemn Sissay
On Photography by Susan Sontag
Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield
The Listeners by Leni Zumas
Waiting for Godot  by Samuel Beckett

Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein 

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Are there any books that have been particularly influential in your life?  

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  1. These look like fascinating books! I absolutely loved 'The Skeleton Cupboard' by Tanya Byron. She's a clinical psychologist and as a Psychology student.. it was obviously going to leave a mark :) xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  2. I may just have to do this myself, it's a great idea and I think sometimes it is better to discover for yourself why something is great without it being fed to you :) xx

  3. I've actually not read any of these so thank you for the inspiration!! This is a lovely idea for a post, I may have to do my own at some point... I'll have to have a think about what to include! :)

    Jess xo

  4. These books look absolutely amazing! I absolutely loved 'How To Think Like A Freak', that book really made me view the world a bit different!


  5. Can I say the Harry Potter series is influential? Haha. It's seriously shaped a good chunk of my life though.

    becky | <a href="http://star-violet.com/>star violet</a>

  6. Hmm I'm sure there have been many but the ones that immediately spring to mind are HP, LotR, Rebecca, and The Secret History! xxx

  7. As usual, Jennie, so many new things to pop on my book list! I have such a love/hate relationship with Beckett after writing my dissertation on him, but I can't deny his works are phenomenal x

    Megan / www.pixiecrop.com

  8. Such an awesome tag Jennie! I really like the idea of not giving reasons as to why the books are influential to you, gives the books such an air of intrigue and makes them seem all the more powerful for it <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  9. I loved waiting for Godot :) I saw it a the theatre as a teenager and it has resonated with me since.

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  10. I really like other Susan Sontag novels, all her fiction is amazing and worth a read

  11. Such a great list, Jenny, there are quite a few books on it that I haven't read, so thank you for the recommendation. It's such a nostalgic thing, isn't it, thinking about the books that hold a certain meaning for us, as they must have come into our lives at a moment when we have needed something: escape, answers, adventure... Such s great idea for a blog post too :-))


  12. "Waiting for Godot" is amazing, I studied it in college. I think I'm going to add "Just Kids" and "Morning Breaks in the Elevator" to my 2015's reading list! x


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