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:** List 10 books that had an impact on you, at the top of your head, and tag some people to do it as well. **
In no particular order, but get ready for some Star Wars:1. Star Wars: The Crystal Star by Vonda N. McIntyre
: This book pretty much discovered and cemented my love of "concerned friends" tropes, as Luke has a little nutty and Han tries to pick up the pieces (while also worrying about Luke turning into a hermit with no one to love, but doing it in an acceptably Han-ly fashion. And the Solo twins were kidnapped and Leia was bad-ass with Chewie while trying to rescue them. It all *almost* makes up for the giant alien with a gooey center that's really a portal to instant death (or perhaps life, if it feels like it) for all who enter. Unless, apparently the voices of small children and a sister tugging at your ankle pull you out of your suicidal descent.
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling:
Not the best of the series, and certainly not my favorite but it was the gateway to all the others, which hold a special place in my heart for their characters, world-building and readability.3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:
While it is at times a little clunky with name-drops, it's ultimately an exciting story that serves as a love letter to gaming culture.4. The Butter Battle Book by Doctor Seuss:
I firmly believe this book about the Zooks and the Yooks and their fight over which side of the bread to butter shaped my views on the pointlessness of going to war because of things that make us different, and it did it when I was six. 5. Paper Towns by John Green:
OK, so sometimes it seems a little pretentious, and maybe a lot of John Green books sound alike, but this was the first one I read, and it was a great mystery and has incredibly chilling moments that I read at least three years ago and remember vividly to this day.6. On Writing: A Memoir by Stephen King:
He tells a great tale, whether it's about killer clowns, killer cars or killer rejection letters. And I really appreciate an included early draft with edit notes for part of one his stories (1408, if I remember right).7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury:
For a long time, I had no interest in this book, because my first exposure was some movie from the 70s when I was a child and hating everything 70s. But I read it last year, and I feel fortunate to have gotten an anniversary edition that had an enormous author's note at the front. Much like "On Writing" I fell in love with the voice, so even when the actual book got to be kind of a slow read, I didn't want to quit. And I LOVE how much of it Bradbury got RIGHT about today's culture, right down to wall TVs and earbuds.8. Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn:
These were my first Star Wars books. Also the ones that made my sixth-grade teacher tell my parents that, while she appreciated my zeal for reading, I'd be doing much better in school if I weren't so absorbed in it during in class.9. Star Wars: The Correllian Trilogy by Roger MacBride Allen:
Where to start. A 3-in-1 hardback collection of this trilogy was an unprompted "Just because I knew you'd like it" gift from my cousin that I still have 20 years later, even though that spine is getting weak. It's also how I started up a conversation with someone in middle school who became one of my best friends. It also makes me laugh. Because Lando recruits Luke to accompany him while he goes wife-hunting.10. The Making of T2 by Don Shay:
Not only was it instrumental in my love of film behind-the-scenes stuff and probably played a large part in why I wanted to work in movies before I decided to go with journalism, it also was a major player in not one, but TWO grade-A projects in my academic career. Once in high school and once in college.