Making its way around FB is this list of ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Here's my stab at it.
1. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) -- amazing retelling of the Arthurian legend from a priestess' perspective.
2. Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco) -- opened my mind to the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, and I seriously didn't know if this really was a work of fiction.
3. The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova) -- Dracula story within a story within a story told via letters and flashbacks
(Which reminds me of...)
4. Blood Groove (Alex Bledsoe) -- refreshing disturbingly awesome vampire tale (I so need to reread this!)
5. A Crown of Swords (Robert Jordan) -- "what? It's not over yet? How long *is* this series??!"
6. The Story of My Experiments with Truth (Mohandas Gandhi) -- I'd not actually known much about him, so reading this was eye opening, mind blowing.
7. IT (Stephen King) -- the only book that had me afraid of what might be under my bed.
8. The Stand (Stephen King) -- something about being sodomized w a gun barrel can make quite an impression on an innocent mind...
9. American Gods (Neil Gaiman) -- magnificent look at "gods" in these modern times
10. Chariots of the Gods? (Erich Von Daniken) -- read this in my very late teens, and my view of religions has never been the same.
So there you have it.
Feel free to leave a link in comments to your own list. If I have the time I'll take a look.