I have long been a fan of a feature in O Magazine called Books That Made A Difference, where a celebrity lists several books that made a difference in their life. Recently, I saw a post on Staying Awake where Jan listed her top titles. She was inspired by a post on The Solitary Walker. I’ve always wanted to compose my list and here it is (in no particular order)…books that made a difference to me.
1. The Bible. Any translation for informing how I live, the King James Version for the majesty of the language.
2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. The book that made me a life-long reader.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. My perfect heroine.
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan. A beautiful novel that captures the messiness of life and the consequences of our sometimes horrible choices.
5. Little Golden Book – The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids. My mom would do the different voices when she read this to me. My favorite fairy tale. I wish I still had my copy.
6. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. A fascinating story that illustrates how people, place and time help form who we are.
7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The first Shakespeare play I read and still my favorite. Who can resist star-crossed lovers and a blood feud.
8. Anything by Agatha Christie. I love mysteries. Agatha Christie introduced me to adult mysteries and is the Grande Dame to me.
9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. A frightening look at the thin veneer of civilization.
10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. My favorite tale of redemption.
What are books that made a difference to you?
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.
Edward P. Morgan