About a month ago on Facebook, there was a chain post going around where you had to name 10 books that “stayed with you.”
It’s a pretty cool idea and tapped into the common feeling that most books are sort of like meals where you consume, digest, get nourished (or not), and then you forget. It’s too bad when you think about how much time and effort the writer put into the book – and how much time you put into reading it.
That’s one reason behind my project to record and review every single book I’ve read (at least since 2007) – to try to get more out of the books I read. And yet still, there’s a certain set of books that I can recall plot, characters, and scenes instantly whether I write those thoughts down or not. Or books that really change how I act or think.
I read fiction & non-fiction very differently and are sort of like apples and oranges in this exercise, so I’m taking the liberty of 2 lists – and trying to mix up the non-fiction with different categories. Here’s my list in no specific order.
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
How To Get Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Rework by Jason Fried
80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
Talent is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin
Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
Procrastination Equation by Steel Piers