Sticky Books Are My Favorite

By June 10, 2009 culture No Comments

Nothing satisfies like a good book.

What is a good book, you ask?

Good books are such according to many factors—the person answering the question, the genre, the reading locale, and so on. [For example, a good book for a rainy day is not the same as a good book for poolside lounging. Somehow my brain regularly makes such distinctions.]

For this discussion, a good book is a sticky book—one that sticks with you, lodging itself in the mind because of the impact it has had on the heart.

Word Lily listed her sticky books as part of the recent Booking Through Thursday challenge. And that got me thinking which books would make my stickiest books list. Here are the titles that came to mind first:

1. The Bible (nf)
2. A Horse and His Boy, C. S. Lewis (f)—mentioned previously here and here
3. King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild (nf)—mentioned previously here
4. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn (f)—mentioned previously here and here
5. Walking on Water, Madeleine L’Engle (nf)
6. Battling Unbelief, John Piper (nf)
7. The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer (nf)—mentioned previously here and here and here
8. Peace Child, Don Richardson (nf)
9. Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel (f)
10. The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom (nf)—mentioned previously here
11. Woe Is I, Patricia O’Conner (nf)
12. A Hunger for God, John Piper (nf)—mentioned previously here
13. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (f)
14. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (f)
15. Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers (f)

Approximately one-third of my list is comprised of fiction books, which is surprising because I primarily read nonfiction. The few that I invest time must have been worth it. There are many other books that are among my favorites, but these have made the greatest impact on my thinking and have stuck around long since reading them (and most I continue to go back to time and again).

Would any of these sticky books appear on your list? Do share!

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