My Top 10 Books

A chain post is going around Facebook about the top 10 books that influenced or affected your life. Two friends have tagged me, Hello Saigon and KM.

I was once a voracious reader. I would read one to three books at a time. But things change when you’re so immersed with digital. Your attention span is shorter and you don’t have that much patience for anything.

As much as I love digital, it ruined that aspect of my life–the love for reading books.

Anyhoo, here are my 10 books (in no particular order):

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This is one writer, no matter how much I try, I will never be able to emulate. LOL! His book was brilliant beyond words. I remember reading this in college. I tried twice before I could finally get the hang of it.

2. The Little Prince by Antoine Saint de Exupery
I read this every year. Every time I read it, the meaning and significance change. There’s something about this book that always resonates in me.

3. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
This was groundbreaking for me because I learned of a God who is all about pure love. I’m a devout Catholic and was raised with Catholic values. But I was taught to fear God lest I be struck with lightning for every minor infraction I commit.

But in this book, I learned that God loves us, wants us to be happy, and wants us to be the best we can possibly be. I learned that God can be my friend.

4. Being Happy by Andrew Matthews
Happiness is a choice and you can be happy if you want to. This is where I learned that sometimes, we are the reason why we are unhappy.

5. The Diary of Anne Frank
This was the first time I read about the horrors of war and I hated how war destroy lives. It was also a powerful book because even in time of war, people can still retain their humanity. Anne Frank may have died but the biggest consolation is that she died of sickness and not through the gas chamber.

6. Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal
I read book 1 to 96 and I still have my SVT collection. I spent many of my growing up years following the lives of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. In fact, I would name my daughter Elizabeth because of this book (and Betty Cooper).

7. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
It was my dad who introduced this book to me so this one’s special. This started my fascination with gods and goddesses. When I was young, I thought they were real and I couldn’t reconcile the idea that Catholicism has only one God. LOL! 😀 

8. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
I remember reading this in third grade. I believe this was the very first novel I read. I finished the entire book but didn’t understand any of it. Hahahaha! But this started my love for reading.

9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I loved Harry Potter the first time I read it. It became more significant to me when I read the entire series at the lowest point of my life (five books have been released that time). Reading Harry Potter provided me a great escape from the pain I was feeling then. It allowed me to kill time without noticing how slow time could be.

10. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
If I were to identify my three favorite books, these would be Conversations with God, The Little Prince, and Catcher in the Rye. I wasn’t really an angstsy kid but I found myself rooting for Holden Caulfield. My favorite part of the book was when he was watching his sister on the merry-go-round. Sigh…

Anyone who knows me would be surprised that I didn’t include Archie in my reading list. Unfortunately, Archie and the entire series are considered comics rather than books. 🙂

So, what’s your top 10 books?