Every few years or so a trend cuts through Facebook like a hot knife through butter.
Not viral cat mash-up parodies.
Not hashtagging (#saveitfortwitter).
Not vaguebooking, or humblebrags or Farmville invitations*.
Not even Ice Bucket Challenge videos.
No...I'm talking about lists. You know, when someone is challenged to make a list of (insert random category here) and then challenge a handful of other friends via tag to do likewise.
I generally ignore these and scroll on like the cyber misanthrope I am, but the recent "10 Books That Have Changed My Thinking" list has stopped me in my digital tracks. I love hearing what other people are reading. I'm all over knowing what books move my friends, what words stick with them—and so is everyone else, judging from the number of times this post shows up in my news feed.
Facebook Data Science crunched the numbers and came up with an interesting master list. Rounding out the top? The Harry Potter books, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings—no surprises there. On the other hand, Huffington Post invites us to stop lying about our favorite reads on Facebook in a snarky-but-true** post that extols the virtues of the "fun" book.
(That said, I'm a lit teacher. My list probably reads a little geekily highbrow, but hey, I binge read Harry Potter and threw the last book in the Hunger Games series across the room with all the rest of you.)
My top 10—in no particular order, and not counting books of scripture because those are givens:
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
These aren't all necessarily favorites. Some I read by choice, others by compulsion, but they're all books that have haunted the corners and recesses of my mind since I first picked them up.
So, Mormon Mommy Writers, Readers & Friends, what's on your nightstand? Please comment below!
*Or Candy Crush Saga. Or Farm Heroes. Or Criminal Case....<sigh>
**Okay, maybe not Gossip Girl, and definitely not Fifty Shades, and I still haven't hopped on the whole Game of Thrones bandwagon yet. But the rest....guilty as charged.