I'm very late to the Hop this week, but I really liked this question.
Do you have a keeper shelf for books you loved? What books are on that shelf and why?
Another series of books that are very dear to me are Evangeline Walton's Mabinogian Tetraology, which re-tells the Welsh mythology cycle. These stories captured my imagination as well as my heart. What I found interesting about these books is that they were first published in the 1930's (they were later re-released in the 1970's) but they read like they could have been written yesterday. If you've ever wondered about the Fleetwood Mac song Rhiannon, these books will shed some light on the question.
The other books that I keep are the ones that have been signed by my favorite authors such as Robert McCammon, Joe Hill and Brenna Yovanoff. I also have a copy of The Stand (the unedited version) by Stephen King that I won't get rid of. (Not signed...yet!)
All of the books above have had a profound effect on me and I often wish *I* had written them...or at least just one.
Have you heard of any of the books I mentioned? What are some books that you see yourself keeping forever?