Influential books

I was tagged by my cousin Nikki to post a list of the top 10 most influential books in my life. As an avid reader, I had a difficult time narrowing it down to only 10, but here is my list (in no particular order):

1. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
4. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
7. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
10. Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

It's surprising how some books can leave such a lasting mark on you. To be honest, I couldn't even tell you directly why a few of these books are so important to me; I just know that they are. It's like a warm, cozy feeling you get from recalling a memory. You can't always pinpoint your exact thoughts, but you can recall how you felt at that moment. Other books, had the complete opposite response. I can quote the lines and sections that had the largest influence on my life and explain in detail why that is so. 

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