Friday, February 28, 2014

Writing Friday: Top Ten Most Influential Books

Happy Friday!
Yesterday I saw the Kansas City Ballet's performance of Dracula, and boy, was it good. I absolutely love seeing theatre, whether I see ballets, musicals, or plays. :)
Today, I have rehearsals and then I get to have a break on the weekend. I love rehearsals, but I also would like more time to write.

Anyway, on to today's post. My awesome friend Bethany tagged me in her blog post to create a post about my ten most influential books.

1. Swept to Sea by Heather Manning.
This was obvious. It definitely influenced me, because it was the start of my career.
2. Felicity American Girl Series
I loved all American Girl books, but these series were the first I loved, and Felicity was one of my favorites. It helped get me hooked on historical fiction.
3. Samantha American Girl Series
This is the same with the Felicity series. I loved these books and they really made me enjoy the Victorian era.
4. Okay...this counts three books but they're all in the same series. Little Town on the Prairie, The First Four Years, and These Happy Golden Years.
I was really obsessed with this series for quite a while, but the last three were my absolute favorite. I really loved reading about Laura and Almanzo.

5. The Falcon and the Sparrow by MaryLu Tyndall
This was the very first inspy historical romance I read. It made me fall in love with the genre.
6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Before I read this, I had not enjoyed many classic novels. This quickly became my classic and is still one of my very favorites.
7. The Phantom of the Opera
Another very good classic novel. I read this book after seeing the musical and watching the musical movie. I really enjoyed it.
8. The Restitution by MaryLu Tyndall
This was the second novel I read by this talented author. It was the first book centered around pirates that I read and it really stuck with me.
9. The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist
This was the first Deeanne Gist novel I read, and I absolutely loved it. I read every book written by her after that.
10. Out of Control by Mary Connealy
I think this was the first Mary Connealy book I read. It was amazing. I fell in love with the characters and the setting and it was perfect.

Now, I don't have time to tag any bloggers, so if you have a blog, please feel free to participate. 
Now, in the comments, tell me five of the most influential books you have read! Go! :)


  1. Good choices! I've read all of those books but Measure of a Lady, but I'm sure I'd love it because I've loved all the Deeanne Gist books I have read.

    My list of five books, in no particular order, would be:

    1. The Tales of Goldstone Wood Series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    (I know this is a series, but I absolutely love all these books.)
    2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    (This was my favorite book for a very long time, and is still my favorite classic.)
    3. The Falcon and the Sparrow by MaryLu Tyndall
    (This was also my first read in the Inspy Historical Fiction genre, and it hooked me, too!)
    4. Meet Addy (The American Girl book) by Connie Porter
    (When I was very young, I actually disliked reading, but this book changed my mind and left me obsessed with both reading and history.)
    5. Swept to Sea by Heather Manning
    (Of course, this book will always be one of my favorites.)

    And, I also LOVE The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist, and To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.

    1. A nice list of books! Thanks for including Swept to Sea. :)

  2. Cool list! I've read some of those.

    I think the five books I would list are:
    1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
    2. Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
    3. Sphere by Michael Crichton
    4. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
    5. Dune by Frank Herbert

    1. Cool, Nathan! I have heard great things about most of those.

  3. Ooh. Great list! I can't believe I didn't mention These Happy Golden Years. That one I read SO many times. I think it'll always be my favorite of those. And I guess you already read my list, so. :P

    1. I literally read that book over and over and over for months. :P

  4. This is so fun! Mine would be...

    1. Holy War by John Bunyan - I love allegories and this one really emphasized the lengths at which God will go to bring His people back to Him.
    2. From Across the Ancient Waters by Michael Phillips - this book really got me hooked on his writing. The setting in Wales and Scotland, how the characters changed and the discussion questions at the end all made this a keeper for me.
    3. Garden of Madness by T. L. Higley - I really identified with the main character and what she was searching for in her life. I learned a lot about myself through this book.
    4. The Restitution - this was also my first Mary Lu book! The storyline was so different from any other Historical Romance I had read and it captivated me.
    5. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart by Chuck Black - another allegory! A really powerful read!


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