My 10 Most Remembered Books

April 22, 2012

So, it’s Monday and I skipped out on the list master Stasha last week. Mostly because I was kinda, sorta busy and didn’t get around to it and also because I couldn’t really think of anything. Because lets face it… celebrities are in a class of their own.

I’m an avid reader, well, I used to be before I was a busy mommy running after three kids, 2 dogs and a cat… oh, and you know, can’t forget the hubby. (I like to call him my fourth child!!!) Although, I don’t get to read as much as I used to, I still do and enjoy every minute of living along with various characters.

Here is my list of books that I remember most vividly for one reason or another. They are in a kind of chronological order by their appearance in my life.

1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

This is the first novel I remember reading that truly started my love affair with books. I remember when I got this book as a present from either my grandma or my parents (I’m a little fuzzy on the details here.) for Christmas. It was MY first book and a hard cover to boot. Books, especially hard covers are very expensive in Germany. I felt so special. The story sucked me in. I still have the book. Middle daughter just got it out of the shelf… oh, the memories.

2. ย New Orleans Legacy by Alexandra Ripley

The book has a different title in German and I had a hard time finding the name and author… my mom came to the rescue. I remember this book as another one in hard cover and it was a biggie. I fell in love with New Orleans reading this book. Even more when I went for Mardi Gras one year. I hope, to go back one day and look at it through more adult eyes. Craw fish and beignets… sigh.

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Here is the scenario: Newly immigrated German student, barely speaks any English (even after studying it for four years), comes in during the second semester of 11th grade and the first book report due… Of Mice and Men. I don’t remember much about it, only that I had to look up every second word in my dictionary. I HATED it. I should get myself a copy now and see if I would enjoy diving in.

4. His Bright Light:The Story Of Nick Traina by Danielle Steele

I’ve read many of her books, some over and over again. But this one has always stood out. It’s about her son, his battle with bipolar disorder and his subsequent suicide at age 17. I just remember crying and feeling her pain.

5. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

This is the one that started it all… my love of all things vampire. I fell in love with Louis and Lestat and their nocturnal life in New Orleans and Paris. After this one I read many more of Anne Rice’s vampire novels and just recently got myself Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat at our friends used book store. I can’t wait to dive in again.

6. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

I’m pretty sure I read this before I ever saw the movie and was somewhat disappointed in the movie. The book also made me into a Thomas Harris fan for quite some time and I loved reading his books. I don’t really enjoy reading this type of stuff anymore. Especially, since reading his Black Sunday…ย I still get scared just thinking about it.

7. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Have you ever seen No Reservations on the Travel Channel? Bourdain is in a class by himself. The hubby got the book because he loved the show and was fascinated by the man’s cooking advice. This book is an auto biography and chronicles Bourdains rise to fame from dishwasher in tiny, hole in the wall restaurants kitchens to head chef at Les Halles in NYC to host of his own show on the Travel Channel. Reading the book you feel like watching one of his shows. I loved it.

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Who hasn’t read this book? It’s been a big deal for a while now. This was one of the “heavier” books I’ve read recently. I prefer easy reading, fluff if you will, that doesn’t take too much concentration. (Having only a limited amount of reading time.) But this one, I couldn’t put it down. You just can’t help but feel for Lisbeth and what she’s going through. I can’t wait to read the other two. Already got my copy of book number two in the trilogy.

9. The Twilight Saga ( Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) by Stephenie Meyer

You knew this one was coming eventually, right? This is the little saga that I haven’t been able to put down… I’ve read all the books numerous times. As a matter of fact, I believe, I spent most of 2011 reading and re-reading these books. I know, I will again before long, so the details are nice and fresh again before Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 comes out in November. I know, I’m a total nerd… but I love me some Twilight and sparkly vampires.

10. Skewered Haloย by Brenda Youngerman

This is the last book I read. I was so sucked into this story that I ended up sitting in the tub for two hours with the water growing cold because I had to know the ending. It was my first Youngerman novel but it won’t be my last. Budget allowing I will start getting Brenda’s other books one by one. Some of you know and love Brenda as much as I do. But if you haven’t heard about her, I urge you to check out her blog. She’s a self published author and all around wonderful human being.


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  • paul April 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Oh no, poor you and Of Mice and Men for your first English book report. It’s worth a re read. Great picks here and the Steig Larsson books won’t disappoint.

    • Susi April 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Yeah, that’s how I felt. Poor me… I remember sitting in my bed crying because it was way over my head. How I managed to get a B at the end of the year is still beyond me.

  • Cookie's Mom April 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This is an intense list of books! I actually – believe it or not – have not yet read numbers 8 and 9. That’s what happens when you have a huge pile of indie books to read. I often don’t have time to read the most popular books (though I did squeeze in The Hunger Games recently). Of Mice and Men is a fabulous story!

    • Susi April 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      I still haven’t finished The Hunger Games. I need to get an actual book copy. I never seem to use my reader on my tablet. I’ll have to add Of Mice and Men to my list.

  • Jennifer Worrell April 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Terrific and eclectic list. I’ll have to check out the Youngerman books–kudos to a self-published phenom…

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Yes, please do. Brenda will appreciate it. She loves meeting new people. And I really enjoyed this book.

  • Stasha April 23, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hmmm. I am very intrigued to read the New Orleans one. Never been there and never hear of that book. I am writing it down. Great list Susi!

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks, Stasha. I read the book a long time ago when we still lived in Germany. But for some reason it just stuck with me. And if you ever have the chance to go to New Orleans, take it. It is a wonderful city full of history and charm.

  • Anna April 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I love Of Mice and Men but that would have been really hard, not knowing english very well! That was not fair, you might enjoy it now though. I read Anne Rice for years as well. Did you ever read The Witching Hour? I think I liked that family of witches even more than the vampires. It is really hard to find time to read as a mom, I’m still working on figuring that one out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I think, I may have read The Witching Hour… it does sound familiar. I’ll have to look it up. And my English teacher at the time wasn’t fair. But my English teacher senior year made up for it.

  • Ado April 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I love this list.
    I haven’t heard of The Never Ending Story and am dying to read it. I’ve got to dash – going to add it to my list! (-:

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Thanks. It’s a really great read and the movie was fantastic, too. I was telling middle daughter I think, I’ll read it again to see if the magic is still there.

  • Stacey April 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I never did read Of Mice and Men. I may have to. And #8, I loved the first book and the last book, but the middle one was a snoozer.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

      I’ll have to keep that in mind. But I think, in the end I’ll read it just because I’ll have to. It’ll be a must… I won’t be able to read #3 before I have finished #2!!!

  • Kerry April 23, 2012 at 2:47 am

    You had me at Twilight lol
    Other than that I have not read any of those books!
    But how good is the Twilight Saga, seriously!?

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Oh, please, don’t get me started. I am a big Twihard and could talk about it forever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • TBM April 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I love love love Steinbeck!

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

      I really need to add it to my reading list.

  • Jackie April 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

    How sad, I’ve only seen the Neverending Story, I’ve never read it.
    Kitchen Confidential is one of my favorite reads! Bourdain is such a spitfire, and his book has made me a more careful diner, I will say!

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

      The book is really good and I loved the movie. I never realized that it was by a German author until last night. You are right, we have also become more careful diners, especially when it comes to sushi and seafood.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

    The only one on your list that I’ve read is Interview with a Vampire, and sadly, that’s the book that made me realize I just can’t do the paranormal and supernatural theme. It’s not for me.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

      It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. Isn’t it a good thing that there are so many books out there? Something for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica April 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I forgot about The Neverending Story. That was a great book.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Yes, it was. It’s one of those books that I have taken everywhere with me.

  • RoryBore April 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Love Mice and Men – definitely give it another go.

    Also, Lestat and Louis *sigh* I think I am resisting Twilight because I cannot imagine anyone being better than them.

    And of course, ditto about Brenda. slowly acquiring all her books myself.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I definitely will give Of Mice and Men another go. And yes, Louis and Lestat are sigh worthy. But I have room for my sparkly vamps, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Katie E April 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I feel like we may have similar taste since I’ve read half of these – so I should probably read the other half ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      If you have the time, why not. It’s always nice to see other people have similar taste. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms April 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    great list! Steinbeck, Steele, and Steig, oh my!! I am going to check out Brenda Youngerman now. Erin

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Please do, Brenda will appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Carley April 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Tag, youโ€™re it! Somehow, I ended up in a game of tag and Iโ€™m now tagging you! Here is the question I asked you;

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Carley, Leslie tagged me, too in the same tag… so I’m already it!!!

  • Karen April 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I love The Neverending Story! I found the book after seeing and falling in love with the movie. I wish I had a copy for my daughters. Enjoy your memories with your kids!

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I only have a copy in German. But I’m sure you could find it at a used book store or online.

  • momto8blog April 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    thanks for your list. it is very interesting to me to see what other people like to read…I am a reader!! I am almost, one more day, done with Uncle Toms Cabin…such a powerful book!

    • Susi April 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

      I like seeing what other’s are reading too. It’s a good way to find new interesting books. I’m not sure if I ever read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But since I can’t remember I probably haven’t.