Book meme: List 10 books that have stayed with you. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard - they don't have to be the 'right' or 'great' works, just ones which have touched you.
Almost all of the books that came to mind where books from my childhood, and some of them I haven't read in ages and/or wouldn't recommend. In no particular order and with some words because I feel like it.
1. Dragon's Blood
by Jane Yolen
One of the first books I felt fannish about. Dragons! The real hero of the story was obviously Akki, and I don't want to read the book again because I'm pretty sure it wouldn't hold up well, but dragons :)
2. The Seer and the Sword
by Victoria Hanley
I read the book again later and it didn't hold up, but at the time when I read it I enjoyed it a lot. ( Spoilers )
3. The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
I haven't read it in forever. I thought about putting the Silmarillion on the list instead because I read that one so often I knew all of the family trees by heart, but the Lord of the Rings came first.
by Michael Ende
My mom's favorite book, and I love it too. The importance of listening and stories may be my favorite parts.
5. The Carpet Makers
(Die Haarteppichknüpfer) by Andreas Eschbach
The book that taught me that each story consists of hundreds of smaller stories all woven together, some with bigger and some with smaller scale but that doesn't mean they're less important.
6. The Foundation Series
by Isaac Asimov
To be honest at least half of the reason why this one stayed with me is because that scene in the third book that showed me the appeal of h/c.
by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein
Okay, usually I tried to put the English titles here, but "Magic Moon" just sounds so much sillier than Märchenmond (...because I never thought about the latter. Whatever.) Actually I think I should reread those, they're good fantasy. And unlike most of W. Hohlbein's books they're not formulaic, have good characters, and actually have plot twists.
8. I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov
Robots! Susan Calvin! I find it very amusing that Asimov's Laws of Robotics are still so famous today even though Asimov wrote hundreds of short stories about the fact that they wouldn't work. But they're still a good guideline, I suppose.
9. The City of Dreaming Books
(Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher) by Walter Moers
The first Zamonien book I read was "Die 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär", and I loved how full of ideas it is. City of Dreaming Books has that, the same great writing style, and it's a love letter to books and reading and writing at the same time.
10. Eine Reise nach Gnomiland
by unknown (I just checked, it's not even written anywhere... it just says "by IKEA family.)
The oldest here. It's half a picture book, in a very large format, and LB and I loved it when we were kids. I can still recall over half of the pictures from the top of my head.