Then I thought, "Hmmm, perhaps I could list the first 10 books (that I can remember) to influence me as a young reader." That's every bit as informative about people's likes and dislikes, methinks, and could be very revealing about who we are - if you accept the notion that what we read forms who we are.
So without further ado, here are the first 10 books that I read as a kid (I define that as pre-college) and that have stuck with me through the years:
- Dinosaurs! No particular book, but lots of 'em! One of the first I ever wrote a book report about, in Fourth Grade, was a 500-page tome all about dinos. The teacher called my parents in to consult because she thought I lied; no little kid would read 500 pages of nonfiction. Bafangu to her!
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
- The Grand Tour, Miller and Hartmann (SF art and astronomy - what's not to love?)
- Rocketship Galileo, Robert Heinlein
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
- DAW Year's Best Anthologies, ed. Donald A. Wollheim (borrowed 'em all from the library)
- Survive the Coming Nuclear War, Ronald Cruit (Cold-War era nonfiction)
- 1984, George Orwell
- The Road to Science Fiction #3, ed. James Gunn
- Watership Down, Richard Adams