I’ve seen this project passed along Facebook and while I mostly ignore these things, I can’t pass up a good book list, so here’s mine. I read a lot, so this list wasn’t easy. I can say I’ve averaged two/three books a month since I was at least eight years old (adult novels – I skipped right over The Baby-sitter’s Club), so you do the math. I don’t want to, because I’m not good at math, I’m good at reading.
My list is composed of books that, despite having read thousands of others, linger in my mind. Perhaps it was the time in my life that I read it; perhaps it was a particularly disturbing plotline; perhaps it was the kind of vivid imagery or brilliant story that makes a person close the book and just kind of stare into space for awhile, equal parts grateful that the story exists and achingly sad that you’re finished reading it. Good books, even if they’re silly or funny or totally unrealistic, make you think differently.
You can tell that I don’t take my reading too seriously because for me, reading is pure pleasure. If it’s a chore, I stop reading (sorry, Moby Dick), but that’s rare because I can find some kind of pleasure in almost every story. Ideally, this list would be 50 titles long, but no one has that kind of patience. So without any further rambling, here’s my list, in no particular order. I’d really, really love to see yours, or at least one of the books that changed your life in some way. Leave ‘em in the comments!
It, Stephen King
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
An Island to Oneself, Tom Neale
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Secret World of Og, Pierre and Patsy Berton
Delta of Venus, Anaïs Nin
My Uncle Oswald, Roald Dahl
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams