I got tagged by septembriseur (I presume for this meme and not the fic meme, because I don’t read enough fic to do that properly). I was actually thinking about books that are important to me recently, as I emptied my shelves into boxes to be shipped to the UK. Which books did I want with me on the other side of the world? I found I was reaching for those that I might not necessarily want to read, but that I simply wanted on my shelves: the ones whose spines reflect of all of the past selves I’ve ever been.
Also I included a few series here, even though the meme seems to specify singular texts. What can I say? I just really love serial fiction.
1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susana Clarke
2. The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb
3. The City and The City, China Mieville
4. Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film, Guiliana Bruno
5. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
6. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, Raymond Carver
7. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman
8. Genesis, Michel Serres
9. The Dark Tower, Stephen King
10. Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language, John Charles Ryan
I’m tagging bifurism, capturedraindrops, elucipher, fireflydreams, insertpalindromehere, katzcats, petrichorals, postscriptforfinales, thesilverdevastation, and anyone else who hasn’t done it and wants to.
Suddenly he heard them: Marxists.
“No,” he whispered, sinking to his knees. When they get near you, he remembered Lupin saying, you will be left with only the worst memories of your life.
“Only together, collectively, can we achieve anything of lasting significance,” he heard one of them say. Harry moaned in pain.
“The fortunate owe it to society to contribute to those who cannot work,” another chanted. Harry closed his eyes and collapsed.
“A strong central government –” began a third. This was too much for Harry. He rose painfully to his knees and screamed –
A shining white dollar flew out of his wand. “I AM THE STRONGEST FORCE THERE IS,” it shouted. “I AM AN OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT OF THE GOOD. I CANNOT BE DIMINISHED OR COMPROMISED.”