Recently I was tagged in Facebook to list 10 books that had an impact on me. After I made my list, I read somewhere that it becomes more interesting when you describe WHY certain books stick with you. I included some from various stages of my life, but all of them either made me feel strongly about something, took me into a different world, or I learned something life-changing.
It was really hard to limit to 10, but here are the ones I chose:
- “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz (because these are my guiding principles. I own all his books, and there are many markers sticking out of all of them.)
- “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen (because of Austen’s amazing insight into people, and the way she threads wit into the words as she describes a life of gentility that sadly no longer exists. I picked up a copy at a garage sale when I was in high school and was hooked. This one has been re-read countless times.)
- “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki (because he explains the importance or thinking like an entrepreneur)
- “All About Love” by Bell Hooks (because she explains about actions that are loving, and those that are not)
- “The Highly Effective Detective” by Richard Yancey (because it was much deeper than I originally thought, and I found it very touching)
- “Veritas” by William Lashner (because it was a great story. I love his acerbic style too.)
- “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow (because I admire this intriguing style as different plots are inter-twined)
- “Little Big Man” by Thomas Berger (because I was drawn into another world. This one became quite overdue in my locker in high school)
- “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein (one of my first forays into science fiction. again, a journey to another world: one where a computer can become a character you care deeply about)
- “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss (because I learned about loyalty)
That’s the power of why!
An analysis of the 100 books that Facebook users love is pretty interesting too.