Stories that Haunt our Memories

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”  –Neil Gaiman

I just found this quote for the first time and was completely struck by it.  Basing off the criteria that certain stories have had such a big impact on you that:

  1. You reread them at least once a year,
  2. You recommend them to anybody who stands still long enough next to you on the subway,
  3. The characters are so significant that they reserve sections in your memory as big and important as real people; and
  4. They changed the way you think and act in your own life…

I’m wondering what stories haunt you?  Did you read them forever ago or are you still having life-changing reading experiences?


  1. Peter Pan
  2. I Am the Messenger
  3. The Book Thief
  4. Together Apart
  5. Ella Enchanted

2 thoughts on “Stories that Haunt our Memories

  1. Allyson Yacovett says:

    I’ve never seen that quote before, but it does ring true. The quote is what drew me to read your whole article (from facebook). I just read The Hunger Games series and I’m pretty sure those will be with me in the future. So yes, I still have life-altering reading experiences. Also, Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse from when I was about 11. I could give you a list, but I’ll save it and just say thanks for sharing the quote and insight.

  2. hannahkarena says:

    I’ve been hearing such great things about The Hunger Games, I’m going to have to get a hold of a copy soon. And I haven’t read Phoenix Rising either. I’m definitely due for another life-altering reading experience, so maybe those books will help, thanks for the recommendations! And thanks for stopping by, Allyson :]

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