Sticky Books

Deb at Booking Through Thursday recently asked about fifteen books that will always stick with me. I have no idea why, but I immediately thought of Harold.

It took me a bit longer than 15 minutes as I tried to imagine my bookshelf (currently packed away in a storage locker more than 8,000 km away), but here’s my complete list (in no particular order):

  1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  2. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
  3. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  6. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  9. Les Jeux Sont Faits by Jean-Paul Sartre
  10. The Painted Canoe by Anthony C. Winkler
  11. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  12. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  13. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
  14. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
  15. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

Some are sticky because I loved every chapter, every sentence. Some are sticky for other reasons, like last-minute high school essays or angst-filled, unrequited teenage crushes.

But I have a growing stack of books on my bedside table – the stack beckons me as much as it mocks me. I can’t wait to find out which ones stick.


Super duper thanks for the comments and conker debate on Wandering Castaneas from Lo,TG, Daisyfae, DaddyP, Somnambulist, the handsome Penfold, djbeat, and Surftwin!

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17 Responses to “Sticky Books”

  1. daisyfae says:

    i did my “sticky 15” on facebook… and was stunned by the number of books from my youth. Harriet the Spy, Island of the Blue Dolphins from the early years, as well as Autobiography of Malcolm X, Communist Manifesto, Player Piano (Vonnegut) from my anarchist-leaning high school years…

    oh, but harold! thanks much for that memory!

    • Tango says:

      Ooh, almost forgot about The Communist Manifesto — hard to believe I was a member of the Marxist-Leninist Society in University … the theory just seemed so good on paper. 😉

  2. djbeat says:

    oh lovely – when i read the title i immediately thought of our household `sticky books` & those with chewed corners…

    it is so nice to have a book history – the words make up part of who we are.

    a couple that just came to mind are (wow that NEVER happens):

    * the velveteen rabbit
    * the martian chronicles (i remember being shocked & amazed & i remember the scent of the book & the feel of the classroom – don`t remember the story though : )
    * to kill a mocking bird
    * the power of one
    * like water for chocolate
    * the color purple
    * blindness

    funny nothing from my recent past or from my english degree…

    • Tango says:

      Oh good, I was worried the title would evoke images of sticky mags (eeeew).

      ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ – how could I forget that one?? Did you read ‘The Law of Love’? Quite bizarre but I loved the idea of combining it with Puccini on CD.

  3. djbeat says:

    bb loved the harold & the purple crayon video!

  4. penfold says:

    No sticky book jokes allowed? These days it’s all ‘sticky keyboards’…

    ahem. Byeee xxx

  5. Lo,TG says:

    Thank you for Harold, he’s new to me – I love him.

  6. Somnambulist says:

    A fine list of literature there Tango, I might just have to borrow that (end of coffee break, back to data input :-)…

  7. stinkypaw says:

    Nice list, might have to borrow this… And by the way, I did think “dirty” when I read your title… go figure! 😉

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