In just over a month it will be my birthday and for those who don’t know me, I take birthdays VERY seriously! I think it is a beautiful thing to celebrate one more year in this one beautiful life. It is a time to give thanks for all the blessings that have been poured out in the past 12 months and look forward with hope into a new chapter with new stories.
2. The Giver : As a young reader this was the book that taught me to think.
4. The Book of Negroes: An intimate picture of the slave trade in North America.
5. Long Walk to Freedom, : The best Autobiography I have ever read.
6. War and Peace : On my side table as I type. Why? Because so many people, whose opinions I value and respect say that I should.
7. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, one of my favourite poets.
8. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide: Because Awareness is the first step.
9. Lord of the Flies : So that when someone says, “Die Piggy Die!” You’ll know what they are referring to.
10. The Great Gatsby: Because we are human.
13. Works of Love: We are not forgotten, or alone, but loved and meant to love.
14.Where the Red Fern Grows: This book, somehow, taught me to feel.
15. The Count of Monte Cristo: A-MAZING. Just a great all-round story.
16. The Cave: A beautiful Story with a surprise ending
17. The Practice of the Presence of God : Don’t we all long for peace?
18. Pride and Prejudice: Because we just can’t get enough of that Mr. Darcy.
19. Les Miserables: To this day a story that never fails to captivate my soul.
20. The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East: In my effort to understand the conflict in the middle east, my husband strongly recommends this short little read (and by short, I mean slightly longer than War and Peace)
21. The Handmaid’s Tale : I struggled to know which Margaret Atwood book to put as I love so many of them. Right up there would also be Oryx and Crake and Year of the Flood (they go together). Or Moral Disorder. Also very good.
22. The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make A Big Difference: Whether you subscribe to the suggestions or not, it is just good to know.
23. A Passage to India: I read this the first time I travelled Europe and it had a profound impact.
24. To Kill a Mockingbird: Do you see a theme here?
25. Unbowed: A Memoir : The incredibly inspiring memoire of the late Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement.
26. Mere Christianity: It’s what it’s all about.
27. Lolita: Scandalous! and yet an icon in the 20th century literature.
28. Things Fall Apart: Clashes of culture and yet each subject to the compulsions of the soul.
29. The Republic: What is justice?
30. Goodnight Moon : Because there is a child inside each one of us….and this child needs to go to bed.
I am sure that I have forgotten some and omitted others but I’d say it is a fairly concise list. How about you? What are some of the most influential books you have read? What am I missing?