What is the most influential book you've ever read?  That was our Impossible Question this morning, and the topic of a recent study conducted using people's responses to the popular question going around Facebook. The number one answer? The Harry Potter series. The books are cherisehd by many, but I've never read a single one. Heck, I've never even seen one of the movies! After looking at the rest of the list, it got me thinking of two books that I will always treasure.

The first book that sticks out in my mind is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I identified with Nick's telling of the story, and viewing the opulence through his eyes. I also loved the mystery surrounding Gatsby. Who was this man?  How did he know Daisy? I couldn't put it down. It's been made into two movies -- I've always thought the Robert Redford version was more faithful to Fitzgerald.

The second book that sticks with me is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I remember getting the book and saying to myself, "Man...this is loooong!"  But once I immersed myself into the story of the Joad family, their hardships, and journey, the pages flew by.

Those are two books that will be with me forever.  What is a book that you'll always remember reading?