Rules: In a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. 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 the ones that have touched you.
So, total stream of consciousness:
- Anne of Green Gables, since I just reblogged some Anne/Diana...
- Goedel Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter. Cognitive science is a bit wonky but lots of cool mathsy fun. Introduced me to Ambigrams.
- Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions by Martin Gardener. More maths fun! This was a huge joy in childhood, and introduced me to hexaflexagons.
- A Shrine to Saint Ann by J. August. I had a dream the other day that I had a highschool assignment to vote for my favourite book that noone else in the class would vote for, and this was what I chose (though I was a bit worried about nextian who was somehow in the same class as me)
- A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge: what I was going to vote for first before deciding it was too well known. Not actually my favourite book (...whatever that is) but I do like it a lot.
- The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein. SCIENCE LADIES.
- The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. I think about this as a work of fantasy a lot, both the things I liked and the things I didn't.
- Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. Apparently pretty dodgy factwise but it still shook up some of my assumptions about 'civilisation'.
- Debt: the first 5000 years by David Graeber .Really interesting and also shook up my assumptions! Have not heard that it is dodgy factwise which is a nice change from the other not-hard-science non fiction books that stuck with me lol.
- Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne, a physics book I ADORED in highschool by the guy who consulted on Interstellar.
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