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~My~ Influential Books

These are the books that stuck with me long after I read them. Read at different stages of my life. Perhaps one will stick with you?

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Sophie's world

Jostein Gaarder ; translated by Paulette Moller. -- |

R. L. Stine & Christopher Pike


So many of my "ESL days" reads were horror novels by R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike.

Joy of cooking

Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker ; illustrated by John Norton. -- |

I believe my family has the 1975 edition. Nevertheless, The "Joy of Cooking" cookbook is a treasure trove of recipes and information for novice and avid cooks. My first from-scratch brownies were from here, and they were fantastic! I'm still not able to read the chapter about cooking wild game like squirrels and the like >.<

The tests of the ninja

story and art by Masashi Kishimoto ; [English adaptation by Jo Duffy ; translation, Katy Bridges]. -- |

I admit I was late to the world of anime and manga. Thankfully, I was introduced to Naruto and never looked back.

No logo

Naomi Klein. |

Ah, "No Logo" and the magazine "Adbusters" shaped part of my thinking as a teen. My copy is highlighted, even though I read it for fun, not for school!

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan. -- |

The movie drew me to the novel. This was my first novel about the Chinese-American inter-generational experience. I could identify with many different parts of the multiple relationships in the novel.

Little by Little

Jean Little. |

I read this in Grade 6, not knowing anything about the author. It read like a fiction novel to me at the time. It was very moving, describing the adversities of being blind, toughing it out, and making it in a not-so-kind world.

Jacob have I loved

Katherine Paterson. |

If you've experienced the pangs of sibling rivalry, you may like this novel. One of my earlier English reads (I was in ESL gr. 5&6), it was encouraging to see Sara Louise grow into her own person.