Monday, September 8, 2014

Top Ten Books That Impacted My Friend's Lives That I Have Not Read

Nothing like a Top Ten Tuesday to remind you that you don't read enough obscure or underrated authors or books.  That's right folks, I only read the popular stuff (although I thought I was cool and ahead of the curve before trying to come up with a list). It's time for me to branch out more guys!  So I made a different list.  

Have any of you see the game going around Facebook?  You list the top ten books that made an impact on your life and then tag friends to do the same. These aren't your "books I'd want on a dessert island" list, but books that stuck with you over time, no matter the reason. I was tagged, played the game, and tagged others.  I was amazed at what my friends listed. I had not heard of many of these books and instantly started filling up my to-be-read list.

So, my top ten list today is: Top Ten Books That Impacted My Friend's Lives That I Have Not Read

1. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza

2. Life is So Good by George Dawson

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

4. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

5. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

6. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

7. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

9. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

10. Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy

And, if anyone was interested, here's my list: 
1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. Silver Linings Playbooks by Matthew Quick
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
5. John Adams by David McCullough
6. The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
7. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
10. The Innocent Man by John Grisham


  1. Personally I don't think I'd recommend Behind the Attic Wall to you. It's a children's fantasy book, written probably for 10-year-olds. I am now absolved of all responsibility if you read it and hate it. But I loved Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin--I'm due to read that one again. I have to read it every few years because it inspires me.

  2. BTW did you know Shel Silverstein wrote the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue"? I just found that out.

  3. These are all new to me! I have got to read Benjamin Franklin's autobiography :D
    my top ten tues: