(I gave Derek the same challenge, and so you may see his response in the next while.)
I think there are two ways to approach this question: you can list the works that had a formative influence on you, or you can list works that describe you well. And I think I'll go with a combination of both.
The formative books:
- Emily's Quest by L. M. Montgomery
- The Blue Castle, LMM
- Anne of the Island, LMM
- Little Women, L.M. Alcott (in addition to the most recent film version)
- Summer Gone, David McFarlane
- Beyond Ourselves, Catherine Marshall
- Philip Yancy's Where is God When It Hurts?
- Remembering war: the Great War between memory and history in the twentieth century, Jay Winter.
- Rites of Spring, Modris Ecksteins.
- Side B of Simon and Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
- Cat Steven's Teaser and the Firecat
- Joni Mitchell, "Free Man in Paris" and "River."
- The entirety (until the instrumental ending) of the Christian compilation Streams. (Probably to act as background to a reading of Where is God When it Hurts?)
- You'd probably need to listen to Janis Ian's "At Seventeen", at least to understand my teenaged self.
- And then counter-balance it with India.Arie's "Video."
- And finally the Association's "Along Comes Mary."
Required Viewing (mostly formative):
- At least an episode of season 1 or 2 of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
- Hello, Dolly! but you'd have to sing along while watching it, to get the full effect.
- Also: Oklahoma! but you'd have to dance along with "Many a New Day."
- Breakfast at Tiffany's
- You've Got Mail (mostly it justified any quirkiness that I have, and especially how disgusting I am when I have a cold: it can re-define all of that as "cute").
- Out here, people really would have to watch a few episodes of Corner Gas to understand most of anything that Chris and I say. And, really, everyone should watch the cartoon of Robin Hood to understand anything that my cousins and I say to each other.
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, but not their Bogus Journey.