books that got their hooks in

On Facebook I was nominated by my friend, Tam to list 10 books that "got their hooks into my soul". I've written before about "books that changed my life," in my Ph.D., M.A., undergrad, adolescence, and girlhood . When I first starting writing these lists in 2008, I defined the criteria for my lists based partly on Kevin Kelly's (of Wired) definition, "“books that altered your behavior, changed your mind, redirected the course of your life. Books as levers.” What a great way to think about writing: as a lever. But a book that gets its hooks in might be a different experience altogether. It also gives me a chance to update things I've read lately. So I'm going to define "getting hooks in" as a book you can't stop thinking about, where the characters live with you, where when it is over, you are sad to be out of that world, and the books you keep recommending to friends.

In no particular order:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Last Night on Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dream Sequence by Kate Hunter

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

What about you? What books hooked you, changed you somehow, acted as levers for you?

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