Was I born a masochist or did society make me this way?

10 Books That Stayed With You

List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. I need some new books to read, leave your list in the comments!

  1. Seven Types of Ambiguity – Elliot Perlman
  2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  4. Mortality – Christopher Hitchens
  5. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  6. Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
  7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  9. The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan
  10. Half The Sky – Nicholas D. Kristof


i am creating a revolution
with skin and bones
still unbroken, untainted by scars that threatened to win

i am cleaning the residue
stained memories
silent evidence of who we could have been

i am drawing a picture
frames of disjointed past
seeking redemption for mistakes you pushed me to make

i am living a life
with no shoulders to lean on
tired of the blind leading the blind

i am hoarding sins
no one is here to save me
from the masochist who craves destruction

i am composing melodies
lullabies don’t lull me to sleep
the way your voice did

i am fighting fire
with fire
tearing down walls of insincere apologies

i am cheating death
leaving only ashes
to deal with unanswered questions 

i am luring loneliness
carved from leftover heartache
it will take more than a lifetime to forget me