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Title: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: DeirdreK on May 05, 2009, 08:01 PM
What books continue to haunt you for years after you've read them?  Which characters are stuck in your head?

Recently, I keep coming back to "Not the End of the World" by Geraldine McCaughrean.  It's the story of the flood told from Noah's daughter's POV.....
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: RebeccaL-G on May 05, 2009, 08:14 PM
I think about The Giver often and unexpectedly.   It resonated with me.  Also The Book Thief is one that lingers in my mind.  I had a hard time getting into The Book Thief but then about 1/5 of the way in I felt caught up and couldn't put it down.   
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: 1846 on May 05, 2009, 08:20 PM
The Chocolate War, Beyond the Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese

Slave Dancer

Nothing But the Truth

The Moves Make the Man

Jacob Have I Loved
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Ree on May 05, 2009, 08:24 PM
The Bell Jar
The Book Thief
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Outsiders
Madame Bovary
The Great Gatsby


Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Josh48 on May 05, 2009, 08:42 PM
The Road
No Country For Old Men
George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones, book 1)

Anytime I see a living tree I think of The Road. I don't think it is possible to write a more haunting book than The Road. I highly recommend the audiobook version.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Tori on May 05, 2009, 08:53 PM
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Atonement
To Kill a Mockingbird
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: novaren on May 06, 2009, 03:06 AM
I love the subject line of this post.

A book that has stayed with me for years and that I keep reading again and again is The Last Life by Claire Messud. It's not just the language and the voice, it's something buried in the character of the 15-year-old narrator... who she thinks she is, what she does, what she sees, the mistakes she makes... I'm just really taken with it.

I also recently read this book about a teenage runaway Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun... and it's been haunting me ever since. It hasn't been out long enough yet to see if that will last years, but we'll see. There's one chapter in particular that I must have read dozens of times already. It's these shocking 4 pages that really stun me.

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: AV on May 06, 2009, 05:36 AM
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on May 06, 2009, 05:42 AM
The Road. Particularly the scene in which the boy and the man flee from the terror in the basement and the man is contemplating a terrible choice he'll have to make if they are discovered. Oi. I couldn't stop thinking of my own kid in that scene.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Sully on May 06, 2009, 05:50 AM
Go Ask Alice
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Red Badge of Courage
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Marissa Doyle on May 06, 2009, 06:17 AM
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: sary on May 06, 2009, 06:26 AM
The Ghosts of Stony Clove by Eileen Charbonneau -- and, yes, I know that's not what you meant by "haunts" -- but I read and re-read this book. Every time I read it, it gives me the same feeling that I get when I drive into my home town after letting a few years slip by without visiting -- so familiar and so comforting, and yet I always notice some new little detail.

Also:
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton -- I still can't step out of a dark theater without reciting the first line
Sahara Special, by Esme Raji Codell -- I guess because I'm a teacher, and this book reminds me of things I need to remember

ETA:  Oh, and Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt -- I still think about that book often
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: LindaJoy on May 06, 2009, 06:34 AM
A book that's haunted me for many years is WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER by Lois Duncan about the murder of her daughter and her search for answers through psychics.

More recently, Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNEW IT. I think I identified more with the mom who stocked up on supplies and tried to save her kids when the moon fell out of alignment.

HUNGER GAMES stayed with me, too.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: LaurenHK on May 06, 2009, 06:52 AM
The first book that really disturbed me was Robert Cormier's I AM THE CHEESE. I read it back in the late '80s, and it has stuck with me so well over the years that I really don't think I need to read it again.... (shivers)

Other YAs:
Lessons From a Dead Girl
How I Live Now
The Book Thief (I often think of "The Standover Man" when I see birds)
the last chapter of Paper Towns

...and though I just read it, I think I'll continue to mull over The White Darkness for a long time

Classics:
the second part of The Sound and the Fury (my all-time favorite book, though not, on the whole, a happy one)
the last paragraph of "The Dead," by James Joyce
J.D. Salinger's short stories "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "DeDaumier-Smith's Blue Period"
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: LisaWrites on May 06, 2009, 06:55 AM
Great topic!

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

Stuck in Neutral

Of Mice and Men

For me, each of these have particular scenes that I can still see and feel to this day.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: hazelnut on May 06, 2009, 07:23 AM
Books on the Holocaust based on true experience:

Diary of Anne Frank (Note: I visisted the house involved in Amsterdam many years ago; unforgettable)
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: olmue on May 06, 2009, 07:33 AM
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as well as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, especially the chapters The Forest Again (34?) and King's Cross
The Book Thief
The House of the Scorpion
Flipped
Gatty's Tale/Crossing to Paradise
Firmament
A Wrinkle in Time
Peace Like a River
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: MaryWitzl on May 06, 2009, 07:36 AM
Bernard Malamud's The Fixer
Jim Fergus' One Thousand White Women

The Raj Quartet
haunts me too, Marissa.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Martha Flynn on May 06, 2009, 07:37 AM
Say Goodnight Gracie.

I cried so hard when I read it that my mom almost took me to the emergency room.

I still have that copy, but I can't even look at it without getting upset, even though it's been more than 15 years since I read it.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Laura Manivong on May 06, 2009, 07:47 AM
The Book Thief
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: JoS on May 06, 2009, 07:47 AM
There are two books that really touched my heart as a child - one was The Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico (very challenging, and emotional subject matter, dealing with abuse and suicide - which was modified and made all happy in the movie Lili with Leslie Caron). Amazing book though. Really powerful and it was the first book that made me bawl my eyes out. The other book I loved as a child was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Beautifully written and was the first book where I really got a sense of place.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Tamilyn on May 06, 2009, 07:52 AM
Even though I'm now 41, three books I read in the fourth grade, when I moved up to big kids' books, still haunt my spirit with tangible pain.

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. My beloved fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Huffman, read this book to us in installments after lunch every day for about three weeks. Pure magic. We filed back from lunch wordlessly, tingling in anticipation, nudging and grinning at each other, hoping no traitor would act up and blow it for us (because you always had to worry about Jody and some of the guys tussling in the hall...). Like poster children for some utopian regime, we'd put our heads down on our arms at our desks and close our eyes, being swept away into the world of adventures against wild boars and wolves, where we were proud of being the strong, capable man of the house, and how we were all unmanned by having to shoot our own dog as our last act of kindess and protection as we truly became a man. Oh, how awful! How utterly heartbreaking! The cruel, cruel, terrible unfairness.  We all stayed in from recess that day, crying our eyes out.

Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten. Every one knows Bambi from Disney, but you really must read the book (translated from German) for its rich world-building and great characterizations. It was my very first novel. My mom took my hand and led me over to the Tall Shelves. At that time, the Harrodsburg Library occupied the old sherrif's office and jail in the historic brick row houses. The dark, wide-planked floors creaked as we walked around; sun beamed through windows like solid shafts in the shadowed dimness; dust motes danced. "I think you might like this," my mom said, pulling out a Real Book with an expert finger (she later became a children's librarian). She put her head to one side as she said this, very consideringly. I felt a little awed that this much weighty reflection went into the Choosing. I remember being worried and dubious -- there wasn't a picture on the front cover! It looked like it might be a hard book and a lot of work. I doubted I was up to it. At home, I was immediately lost in the world of Bambi and the Stag and Faline. I'll never forget the story about one buck, Rono, who was taken away by Man when he was a fawn. He returned as a buck, fat and sleek, placid about dangers. When Man returned to the forest, the animals fled, but Rono, proudly wearing his collar, walked toward Him fearelessly...and, of course, was blown away. Oh, the terrible, cruel unfairness.

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Again, I was lucky enough to know this work as literature before I knew the Disney version. Come to think of it, I think I could put just about ANYTHING by Andersen here: The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Christmas Tree, The Little Match Girl. *sob* My dear mother checked out a big, fat collection of these when I was stuck in bed for a week with a particularly nasty strep throat. The world will never know if I really was conjested all that while or just crying my eyes out. Ah, the loving mermaid, sacrificing herself as her final act of love! Oh, oh, the terrible, painful heartbreak.

These authors taught me about terrible beauty, about tragedy as an artistic genre. Indeed, the only way to endure these painful stories was to learn to pull back just a little, just enough to see the stories as patterns, far enough to understand that irony lends a pleasing aesthetic rightness to a story's structure and arc -- even while our hearts bleed rawly at the level of the characters.  :cry2  Mrs. Huffman, my mom, a dog, a fawn, and a tin soldier gave me literature: the most intense and all-encompassing love outside my humans. LITERATURE!! :love What else is so powerful and mind-altering?
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: mghiggins on May 06, 2009, 08:40 AM
Ditto on many of the above, including The Book Thief. Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees has stayed with me for years; I fell in love with her very-real characters.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: EmeraldGown on May 06, 2009, 08:46 AM
I read A WRINKLE IN TIME when I was in the 3rd Grade and it freaked me out in a cool way.  I don't think any other book has done that to that extent, though THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE came close, I saw the cartoon first (which haunted me despite it's 70s production values).
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Natalie on May 06, 2009, 09:14 AM
THE BOOK THIEF

OUT OF THE DUST
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: andracill on May 06, 2009, 12:58 PM
A WRINKLE IN TIME
THE DARK IS RISING
PROTECTOR OF THE SMALL series
HARRY POTTER (books 4-7)
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: DawnP on May 06, 2009, 01:26 PM
As a child:
A Day No Pigs Would Die
Where the Red Fern Grows
Jacob Have I Loved
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: ecb on May 06, 2009, 02:54 PM
TAMSIN, Peter S. Beagle
LINCOLN'S DREAMS, Connie Willis
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, Shirley Jackson
INTO THE WILD, Jon Krakauer (and I didn't even *read* it--I was just in the room as it was being read!!)

(A note on LINCOLN'S DREAMS:  My husband had read BELLWETHER and REMAKE, two of Willis's comedies, so I gave him LINCOLN'S DREAMS to read on a business trip, not even thinking about the fact that he'd only been exposed to the Lighter Side of Willis. ;)  He called me from the Denver airport, absolutely devastated, when he finished the book.)
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Mandy Hubbard on May 06, 2009, 03:10 PM
HATCHET
Z FOR ZACHARIAH
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS
SHILOH
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Lea on May 06, 2009, 03:20 PM
These are recent reads, but the characters and their stories have really stayed with me.

OUT STEALING HORSES
HOW I LIVE NOW
THE BOOK THIEF
THE GIVER
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Traci Dee on May 06, 2009, 06:04 PM
Bridge to Terebithia
Sharp Objects
The Goats
Midnight is a Place
A Certain Slant of Light
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
House of Stairs
Killing Floor (particularly when Jack Reacher realizes he's been mistakenly put in with the lifers, instead of on the floor with the holding cells, and how he has to deal with it)
Born into Light
When She Was Good
The Long Walk

Great topic!
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Amaris Glass on May 06, 2009, 07:08 PM
Many on my list have been mentioned already, and I'm sure there are many more that are not popping up just now, but these are stories I'm pretty sure I'll never forget.

HOMECOMING
THE OUTSIDERS
INVISIBLE LISSA, Natalie Honeycutt
BLUBBER/STARRING SALLY J. FRIEDMAN AS HERSELF/TIGER EYES/DEENIE
VERONICA GANZ/AMY AND LAURA,  Marilyn Sachs

Although I'm not sure these haunt me in the way you mean, because there are some books that make me feel what mc is going through so keenly that I walk around in a haze and wonder if perhaps I am on drugs [GO ASK ALICE] or autistic [THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME] and just don't know it...but the list above haunts me in that I still remember lines from most of them, or Davey's eyes (or Sally's rose) from the cover, or think of Sammy every time I say 'good-o'...these stories have soaked into me; I can remember where I was when I read them  (or where I wasn't...first day of school in Florida with too-thick white socks and penny loafers while all the other girls wore sandals). So if that's what you mean by haunt, then, yes, these books haunt me. And thank God for it. What a gift (and what a great thread!).
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: DixiesMom on May 07, 2009, 01:31 AM
There are a number of recent books that I think, someday, will fit into this category -- but as far as the books I read when I was a teenager: Diary of Anne Frank & Go Ask Alice.
Others were quite memorable - I can even quote lines, but these two fit the haunting description.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: JFriday on May 07, 2009, 09:25 AM
Wuthering Heights
The Lord of the Rings
Rebecca (by de Maurier)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: G.R. on May 07, 2009, 05:46 PM
John Irving's The World According To Garp and A Prayer For Owen Meany -- I haven't read either in a very long time, but they were pretty unforgettable experiences.

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: buglady5 on May 07, 2009, 06:56 PM
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Devil's Arithmetic
Rubber Houses
Flipped
Rose Blanche (a pb!!!!!)
Harry Potter 4-7
The Outsiders
Speak
Heartbeat
Charlotte's Web
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: smichel on May 07, 2009, 08:06 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird
You Can't Go Home Again
The Great Gatsby
The Giver
Out of the Dust
Rabbit Run
anything by Flannery O'Connor
The Stories of John Cheever
The Goose Girl
fairy tales
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Pons on May 08, 2009, 04:20 PM
In no particular order:

The Crystal Cave trilogy - Mary Stewart
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
Tess of the D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Harry Potter (1-7) - JKR
The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows

Laurel
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Heidi on May 09, 2009, 09:04 AM
The Road. Particularly the scene in which the boy and the man flee from the terror in the basement and the man is contemplating a terrible choice he'll have to make if they are discovered. Oi. I couldn't stop thinking of my own kid in that scene.

Such a haunting novel. And so exquisitely written. I've consider it the best love story I've ever read.

Anyway ...

THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Cormier
THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (by I forget)
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: HelenL on May 10, 2009, 07:29 PM
COUNTERFEIT SON by Marie Alphin
DEADLINE by Chris Crutcher
STUCK IN NEUTRAL by Terry Trueman
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME by Mark Haddon

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: buglady5 on May 11, 2009, 05:08 AM
Almost forgot -

I read Crime and Punishment my senior year of high school, and it bothered me all the way through college.


buglady
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: olmue on May 11, 2009, 06:28 AM
Almost forgot -

I read Crime and Punishment my senior year of high school, and it bothered me all the way through college.

Urgh, I totally agree with you! I was thinking of books that haunt in a positive way, but yeah...it was hard to get the ickyness out of my head from this one.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: KateM on May 11, 2009, 06:38 AM
I can't remember the title, but when I can find the book wherever it is in the house. I'll edit my post and add in the title.

It was about Napoleon Bonaparte, probably the first time I'd heard of him was when I read this book, it was about when he arrived at St. Helena, written from the POV of a girl who lived on the island, it's completely fiction though, but the book has completely stuck with me since I first read it.

Because of Winn Dixie is definitely one of the books that haunts me, more so because I just love the way it was written.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on May 11, 2009, 07:43 AM
Alice In Wonderland & Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass
Charlotte's Web (one reason I am a vegetarian!)
More Than Human (sci-fi - Theodore Sturgeon)
Jane Eyre
Pride & Prejudice
A Christmas Carol
mysteries - specifically, Nancy Drew, all Agatha Christie's and The Complete Sherlock Holmes
all Harry Potter

These books either gave me a love of genre, helped shape my philosophical bent, or built a world that I can't forget

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Pons on May 11, 2009, 10:17 AM
I'd like to agree with

A Christmas Carol
Pride and Prejudice

and add

all of Dick Francis's books (mysteries)

I had to read The OxBow Incident in high school and the injustice, brutality, and prejudice in it still makes me want to throw up. It obviously still haunts me, but I'm trying hard to forget. Ack!  :faint

Laurel



Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: AnneN on May 11, 2009, 10:45 AM
I think no one has mentioned THE BORROWERS yet.  That whole series haunts me:  there's something so terribly sad about this family on its own, on the run, perhaps the last of its kind, perhaps (the frame tale sort of suggests) not even existing anymore, if the brother made the whole thing up . . . .

And of course "The Little Mermaid," which I'm afraid totally made me who I am today.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: RES on May 11, 2009, 05:58 PM
Ooh! I love this thread. The following books had a "haunting" effect on me:

ETHAN FROME by Edith Wharton
WHAT I WAS by Meg Rosoff
WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: JennaWren on May 11, 2009, 06:03 PM
among others...

anything by Judy Blume
Speak
The Stand
A Prayer for Owen Meaney
Harry Potter 1-7
Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance Greene (I think)
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler
The Little House series

And ooh, thank you AnneN, for mentioning the Borrowers.  Sigh.

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: vklibrarian on May 12, 2009, 05:35 AM
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Great Gatsby
Native Son
Speak
Great Expectations
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Shema on May 12, 2009, 06:51 AM
The Secret History by Donna Tart
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: ccw on May 12, 2009, 06:08 PM
The Outsiders
To Kill A Mockingbird
Walk Two Moons
A Tale of Two Cities
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Danette on May 19, 2009, 04:52 PM
DeirdreK,

Thank you!  :hearts I just finished reading, Not the End of the World and LOVED it! I ordered it after I saw your post. I could swear I saw the maggots and smelled the animals.

Danette
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Alison on May 19, 2009, 04:54 PM
Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance Greene (I think)
Yes! I can't believe someone else remembers that one. I actually bought a copy from an Amazon reseller a few years ago, not the most recent paperback version but a hardback with the original 70s dustjacket I remembered from my childhood library!
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: rab on May 19, 2009, 06:29 PM
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' THE YEARLING and Armstrong Sperry's CALL IT COURAGE, which my mother read aloud to my brother and me when we were in elementary school; MY FATHER'S DRAGON, which the school librarian read aloud to my class; the Little House books, which my 4th grade teacher read aloud to us in the afternoons before she got out her ukelele and had us sing along to Stephen Foster songs (this being the mostly still segregated south).

Is there something about hearing books read aloud that allows your imagination more freedom? Or pushes it to work harder? Those read-alouds are so vivid to me (although now that I think of it, maybe the pictures had something to do with it, too).
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: JennaWren on May 19, 2009, 07:28 PM
Ooooh, Call It Courage...also, My Brother Sam Is Dead.  Such moving works....
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: fringle on May 20, 2009, 02:51 AM
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: froglivers on May 20, 2009, 09:11 AM
Oooh, books I read when I was a kid... so many of them I LOVE more than the grownup stuff I gobble up these days (which I like, admire, am blown away by, but not LOVE the way I did back then)

... as for haunting...

Rosemary Sutcliffe's Mark of the Horselord. When I was eleven or so, that was so harsh and heroic. *loves*
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Angela Ackerman (aka MOMZILLA) on May 21, 2009, 08:50 AM
The Lovely Bones
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: JoS on May 21, 2009, 02:08 PM
Well, since we are talking adult books as well as 'children's books'  - I will add The Bone People by Keri Hulme. Extremely well written and powerful story that I have never been able to forget. Haunting is the word.

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Ellie on May 21, 2009, 07:02 PM
As a kid:  My Brother Sam Is Dead because of its ending and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase because I found it thrilling.

Late in my teens:  Jane Eyre

More recently:  Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset and (even more obscure) The Third Miss Symons by F.M. Major, which consistently makes me cry.

Now after reading all your posts, I'd better check out The Book Thief!
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: tilay on May 21, 2009, 08:41 PM
Just a few, off the top of my head...

Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
The Age of Innocence (Wharton)
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (McCullers)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith)
My Antonia (Cather)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Jane Eyre (Bronte)
Little Women(Alcott)
Silas Marner (Eliot)
The Summer of My German Soldier (Greene)
Daddy-Long-Legs (Webster)
Holes (Sachar)
A Single Shard (Park)

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: HB on May 22, 2009, 09:41 AM
When I was probably 8, I picked HOUSE OF STAIRS for my Scholastic order because it looks so cool. A house made completely of stairs? Neato! Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I was way too young for the concepts in that book. Disturbed me for ages after I read it. I'm still a little distubed. :crazy
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: rab on May 24, 2009, 06:51 PM
HOUSE OF STAIRS! I read that book in high school, was blown away by it, LOVED IT. Now I can't remember a thing about it except the exhilaration of reading it. I can remember exactly where I was (on a long bus ride), who was there (my best friend--don't remember what she was reading, though), when I read it.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Min on May 24, 2009, 07:45 PM
THE RUNNER by Cynthia Voigt. 
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: hairaplenty on May 25, 2009, 09:45 AM
Such a Pretty Face by Laura Weiss
Dark subject matter and she handles it beautifully.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga-also dark subject matter.      :library
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: JennaWren on May 26, 2009, 01:25 PM
House of Stairs!  Awesome!  Loved it!  Still have my battered Scholastic book club copy....somewhere in my parents' basement in a box of other titles from middle school I refuse to throw away.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: pixydust on May 28, 2009, 10:30 AM
One's I read as a kid that still haunt me:

THE HIDING PLACE
JACOB HAVE I LOVED
A WRINKLE IN TIME
IT (mostly cause it freaked the boogers out of me)

As an adult:

THE GIVER (x10)
HOLES
SON OF SHADOWS
A GAME OF THRONES
INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
CRISTY
SWAN SONG
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: inluvwithwords on July 17, 2009, 06:45 PM
Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Girl in Buckskin by Dorothy Gilman
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Aimee W. on July 17, 2009, 06:52 PM
I'm such a geek.

My grandmother came to visit shortly before she passed away in 1978. I was five and she gave me a copy of "Little Bear's Friend" by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. I read it probably 1000 times, and it will always be my favorite childrens book.

I still have it on the shelf in front of me behind my desk.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: eileenmf on July 17, 2009, 08:26 PM
When I was about 12, one of the books that I LOVED that has stuck with me ever since was And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine by Stella Pevsner.  I cried and cried at the end.  I went looking for it online last year and bought a used copy (turns out it won the Golden Kite award in 1978, who knew?) and re-reading it as an adult, I still loved it and could appreciate it from a mom's point of view - and I still cried at the end.  I LOVED that book.

As far as haunting as in creepy haunting?  We read The Lottery by Shirley Jackson when I was in 8th grade and I couldn't stop thinking about it for months.   It is still one of the most disturbing stories I've ever read. 
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: literaticat on July 18, 2009, 03:25 AM
JANE-EMILY by Patricia Clapp -- I still remember the little poem about pansies that the creepy dead ghost Emily wrote every time I see a pansy.  AND how the girl Jane almost dies (because of the ghostly Emily trying to kill her so she'll have a "friend" on the dark side) and they put her in an ice-bath to break the fever. Ack!

An adult book WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver still gives me chills and I must have read it seven years ago, before it was even out in hardcover.  A mother thinks her child is evil -- but he can't be, she's just a bad mother, right?  For the first half of the book I hated the mother so much, I didn't even want to keep reading, but for some reason I did...

and then I realized...

OMG HOLY SH**, SHE WAS RIGHT AND HE IS EVIIIIILLLL!!!!  AHHH!  *shiver*

(So I guess my idea of "haunting" means, somebody has to be evil.  Ha!)
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: angela on July 18, 2009, 05:53 AM

From Childhood:
A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES

GO ASK ALICE

Read as an adult:

A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry (It took me YEARS to accept the ending...)

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE by Wally Lamb
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: annastan on July 18, 2009, 07:05 AM
I think both of these have been said before but The Giver and Z for Zachariah really stuck with me. I read Z for Zachariah when I was young and I remember just being utterly mesmerized by it. Then I read it again last year and it haunted me for days; I'd have reading flashbacks where it felt like I was right back in the story. If you haven't read it (and don't mind having a few nightmares) I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Ellen on July 19, 2009, 02:49 PM
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: ShelliC on July 19, 2009, 04:31 PM
As an Adult: THOSE WHO SAVE US by Jenna Blum. Beautiful book.

As a Kid: DEENIE by Judy Blume. I was so freaked out that I might have scoliosis, too, even though there was nothing wrong with me -- no changes in posture, no pain, nothing -- that I convinced my mom to refuse to sign the permission slip that would allow the school to do a scoliosis screening on me in junior high. I convinced my mom I was too shy and it would totally freak me out to have it done. I guess it never occurred to her that I changed clothes in front of all of the girls in my gym class every day in that same locker room where the screening was to take place! I guess I thought that even if I really had scoliosis, as long as I could keep them from diagnosing me, it would all be okay. One thing I knew for sure: I was NOT wearing that brace Deenie had to wear. It's so funny the way the adolescent brain works. I look back on it now and can't help but laugh at how terrified I was of finding out if I had scoliosis. I guess I had heard "ignorance is bliss" one too many times.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Michael Sussman on July 19, 2009, 05:30 PM
I don't think these have been mentioned:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Children's:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Michael
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: amaryllis2004 on July 19, 2009, 10:57 PM
Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood) - absolutely chilling dystopia
The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues (Ellen Raskin) - Raskin was just a master of pithy, poignant AND humorous insights into human nature
Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay) - several cuts above the normal fantasy novel; has one of the most sympathetic "villains" ever
The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) - the scene at the end with the breastmilk? heartbreaking

And I second:
Speak
Bridge to Terabithia
Old Yeller
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Vijaya on July 19, 2009, 11:44 PM
As a child:
Oliver Twist.

The Diary of Anne Frank ... I read this as a ten-year-old and when I read the very, very end -- my copy had some historical facts, I was shattered. I think it was the first time I became aware of the fact that there is evil in this world. I lost my faith ...

Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas -- the first adult novel I read (age 12).
Adventures in Two Worlds by A. J. Cronin -- the first adult memoir I read (age 12). This book probably planted the seed in me to write ...

But it was Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance that probably put me over the edge. I was all grown up now ...
This book lit a fire under me ... but I would not write what was burning inside ... that novel is still is WIP. I owe it to myself to finish it.


A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry (It took me YEARS to accept the ending...)


Oh, yes. Cry. Laugh.

Some books that haunt me so much that I need to re-read them:
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock

and I'd better stop before I write an entire page of books.
Vijaya



Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Madjack on July 31, 2009, 10:55 PM
Go Ask Alice haunted me for years and years after I read it in high school. Also I had been trying to remember one about these kids in a place with lots of stairs and someone mentioned it above, House of Stairs. I'd like to read it again. Also Diary of Anne Frank left me thinking about it for a long time.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 01, 2009, 06:13 AM
The Twits by Roald Dahl haunted me for years.  Mainly because my dad had a horrible beard and I had horrible visions of what might be growing inside it.  Thankfully he shaved it off!
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Larissa on August 01, 2009, 11:14 AM
I could probably go on and on with this, but I'll try to keep it short-ish.  LOL

THE TAKING by Dean Koontz
HARRY POTTER 1-7
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
A WRINKLE IN TIME
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - particularly THE LAST BATTLE

and my #1 book that kept me up, made me cry, and had me reading and rereading as a teen: MAGIC'S PAWN by Mercedes Lackey
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: thunderingelephants on August 01, 2009, 12:11 PM
Nope, Roald Dahl for me.  He had a great knack of giving me the creeps.  Actually, I think a few characters in my stories reflect some their characteristics and that's creepy.  Loved Charlie and Chocolate Factory though.  Speak of which, gonna dive into my truffles.  Mmmmmm :cookiemonster :cookie :cookie :cookie :cookie :cookie :chocolate :chocolate
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: SeeShelle on October 07, 2009, 07:22 PM
I love this thread and had to get in on it...

As a child:  "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" - I probably took it out from the library about a million times.
VC Andrews' "Flowers in the Attic" - I think this was the first novel I read - I still remember it!

As an adult:  "The Warrior Heir" by Cinda Williams Chima because of the beginning - it took me by surprise and I re-read it 3 times and then put the book down.  Luckily I picked it back up and finished it and went onto the Wizard Heir which tied things together nicely.

"Harry Potter and The Dealthy Hallows" - when he's in the forest (I'm Open at the Close).... 

Michelle

Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on October 09, 2009, 07:03 AM
An adult book WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver still gives me chills and I must have read it seven years ago, before it was even out in hardcover.  A mother thinks her child is evil -- but he can't be, she's just a bad mother, right?  For the first half of the book I hated the mother so much, I didn't even want to keep reading, but for some reason I did...

and then I realized...

OMG HOLY SH**, SHE WAS RIGHT AND HE IS EVIIIIILLLL!!!!  AHHH!  *shiver*

(So I guess my idea of "haunting" means, somebody has to be evil.  Ha!)

Wow. That sounds like that movie with the cute Culkin kid, The Good Son. Which totally freaked me out and still haunts me. So, I guess haunting requires an evil element for me, too.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Aimee W. on October 09, 2009, 07:07 AM
Some books stay with you for all the wrong reasons. In ninth grade I read Clan of the Cave Bear.

And then I read Valley of the Horses. Oh my... :embarrassed2
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: MargoWest on October 12, 2009, 05:56 PM
Basically all fairy tales and Aesop's Fables (the former I love; the latter I just feel scarred by :p).
The Witches by Roald Dahl (I had to turn it upside down when I slept as a kid... though this may be stretching the definition of "haunted".)
Anything by Shel Silverstein (creeped me out big time; all the stories were so menacing).
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: valeriek on October 23, 2009, 01:10 PM
I agree with so many of these, like Bridge to Teribithia and A Handmaid's Tale.  I've also always been haunted by All The Pretty Horses and Tuck Everlasting.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Sharif on October 23, 2009, 02:11 PM
Speak, Go Ask Alice, The Diary of Anne Frank, anything Sylvia Plath (her poems and The Bell Jar), anything Anne Sexton (poetry), The Lovely Bones
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: valeriek on October 23, 2009, 02:58 PM
Oh and how can I forget The Time Traveler's Wife?

Go Ask Alice is a great book, I remember another one that really spooked me that was similar called Jay's Journal about a boy that gets involved with satanism, I think?  Also, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 25, 2009, 10:38 AM
The Twits by Roald Dahl.
I am surrounded by family after a silver anniversary celebration.  Too much of a reminder.  They are driving me potty.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: carrierhawk on November 02, 2009, 08:36 PM
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
Jane Eyre, Bronte
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: SeeShelle on June 04, 2010, 06:36 PM
I have a new one to add which I finished a couple months ago but KNOW it will stay with me for a long, long time.

UNWIND by Neal Shusterman

If you have read it already, then you know that one chapter that I will never forget.  Such a thought-provoking story.

Michelle
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Amaris Glass on June 04, 2010, 07:32 PM
I have a new one to add which I finished a couple months ago but KNOW it will stay with me for a long, long time.

UNWIND by Neal Shusterman

If you have read it already, then you know that one chapter that I will never forget.  Such a thought-provoking story.

Michelle

Yikes. *shivers* Sooo disturbing.
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Vijaya on June 05, 2010, 09:59 AM
Let me add another unforgettable book that I finished this week: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It has everything -- love, despair, redemption and more -- all to the nth degree. Wow! As soon as I finished it, I went back to the beginning ...

Vijaya
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: thunderingelephants on June 05, 2010, 10:51 AM
Has anyone got any of their own books/stories that have haunted them for a period time?  Cos I have a few...and they weren't meant to be terrifying! :skull :ahh
Title: Re: Books that Haunt for Years
Post by: Barbara Etlin on June 05, 2010, 01:31 PM
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Hoot
The Great Gatsby
Anne of Green Gables
Harry Potter, especially The Deathly Hallows
I Am The Messenger