15 books.

Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I’m interested in seeing your fifteen too.

1. The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery.
On my 18th birthday, in the hospital, my OT, Ina, gave me this book with a little note written inside about finding wisdom in this children’s book. I didn’t even read it until a year later, but it has been one of the most meaningful books I’ve ever read. I’m not ashamed to say it made me cry.

2. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
I could read this 500 more times and still love it.

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl
When I was little, I loved using my imagination. Roald Dahl was one my of my favorites to get my imagination buzzing. I like the books better than the movies.

4. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
I mostly love the title of this book more than the actual story.

5. The Man who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
This was the first book that “moved” me as a kid. I need to read it again.

6. Valentines by Ted Kooser
I love his poems, and one in particular in this book called Pocket Poem still gives me a warm feeling.

7. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This book is the reason I want my far-in-the-future son to be named Phineas. It has such character and strength in it.

8. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
I HATED this book. That’s the only reason it’s on this list. I heard there is some sort of movie being released based on him/his life, and it’s disgusting to me that our society thinks a womanizing, arrogant man is worth spending their money on. (end rant).

9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I stayed up very late one night reading this, and went into the kitchen to get a glass of water. My nieces lifesize Dora was sitting in a chair in the dining room. It basically scared the beegeezus out of me and I’ll never forget it.

10. Phenominal Woman by Maya Angelou
It’s powerful because she just speaks truth.

11. Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
The story of a father and his drug-addicted son. Similarities with my family, for sure.

12. A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins
Another true murder story that made my cry, and made me scared. I think my trust of strangers was shaken after reading this.

13. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Hard to believe that people actually were put to death for being witches.

14. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Just another great imagination one. And surprisingly, the movie didn’t disappoint me.

15. Succulent Wild Woman by SARK.
A friend sent this to me when I was going through a really confusing time in life, and it gave me the huge confident boost I needed. Plus I loved the way the way she wrote it with markers instead of on a computer screen.

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