I love to read. I'll read anything that's well-written. Don't care about the subject.
Although in general, I don't read political books, romance novels, or mysteries (although Angels and Demons knocked me out!). For the last few years I've kept a journal of books I read. I rate 'em 1 to 10. That way when someone asks me for a recommendation, I just scan the 10's. Pretty cool.
I have tried to remember books I've read through the years, but it's hard. Ones like A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Exodus I'll always remember, although I read them years ago. Loved the Agony and the Ecstasy (About Michelangelo - read it every time I go to Europe). And East of Eden.... probably read it 20 years ago, and the part about "you MAY" versus "you SHALL" had ever-lasting impact. Mr. God, This is Anna.... has helped me appreciate what I HAVE, not mourn what I have LOST. Helped me deal with the death of my brother, Joe.
So here they are... in no particular order. The ones that have stuck with me as lifetime favorites.
1. Three Cups of Tea - life changing. We are all citizen's of the world. And we can make a difference.
2. Seabiscuit - Great story and read about the race horse. Wow.
3. Touch the Top of the World.. Eric Weinheimer An amazing man who climbs Mt. Everest, and all top peaks of the world... BLIND.
4. Exodus... A classic set during the formaion of Isreal. Powerful.
5. The Agony and the Ecstasy - About the life of Michelangelo. Incredible.
6. East of Eden - Another classic. Just... fabulous.
7. The Kite Runner - the recollection of a young boy growing up in Afghanistan... terrific.
8. Devil in the White City - You're in for a wild ride, here. Set during the Chicago World's Fair in 1896(?) as a serial killer comes to town. Unbelievably fascinating. A true story.
9. The Glass Castle - Gripped me to the quick. A powerful story. Beautifully written. Heart-wrenching, yet joyous.
10. West into the Night - Beryl Markham. About a woman pilot in the bush. So beautifully written, Hemingway decides he is not a writer after reading this.
11. A Prayer for Owen Meany - You just have to read this. Plow through the first 100 pages, then you can't put it down. Amazing.
12. The Red Tent - Powerful novel based on a little known character in the bible.
13. Mister God, This is Anna - Fynn (?) A simple book. I don't know anyone else who has read it. But it has stuck with me for 30 years, and keeps coming back.
14. Snow Falling on Cedars - Guterson Incredibly beautifully written.
15. Eat Right for Your Type - d'Adamo - A life-changing book about overall health. This has made everything in my life come together.
16. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver gets it. Her wrap-up at the end knocked me out. All of her books are tops.
17. The Sociopath Next Door - You will see people you know here... and it will scare the crap out of you.
PS - I have to add Beach Music by Pat Conroy... awesome.
So what are your favorite books? What have I missed?