“Eye Walking” (as a fellow blogger says) around the web today I thought about all the books that I’ve read and some of the “to read” lists that I’ve made, and I wondered what other folks read and what recommendations that they give out.
In a round about way I started to look up what people thought are some of the must read books before you die and I found this great site that I just loved what he had to say…here is a little excerpt from his page.
” No one must read anything, in the sense of being compelled to read something by another.
But those of us who love books, and who love reading, know that we must read. The command is self-generated, and will not be denied. To travel my morning commute into Washington without a book to read on the train is a punishment that I would not wish on my worst enemies. Actually, I exaggerate; I have no “worst enemies,” and those that I disliked in the past were generally illiterate, anyway. But I digress.
As I was saying, we – people like you and I – must read. We must finish a book, and then begin another. Sometimes, this transition is an easy one; at other times, less so. There are occasions when we are forced to ask ourselves, “What book should I read next?” There are times – dreadful times – when we find no easy answer to this question, when we wrack our brains until we reach a point when no book seems like the right choice.”
How true is this? But what would you include? Would you really reach for the classics that places like readers digest suggest you can’t possible live without? Don’t get me wrong, things like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Lord of the Rings by Tolken would be on my list, but I enjoy them. Forgive me if it’s a favorite of yours but I have no intention of ever reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky even though I actually own a copy (don’t ask!). Do you stick with fiction or can a non-fiction work go on there too, like the Bible, possibly a very controversial issues if you don’t include it with some folks I talked to. Can a pamphlet or short story make the list like the ones included on the wikipedia site listing the 1001 books you must read before you die. The old man would make me feel a little guilty if I didn’t include something by Louis L’amour which would probably have to be for me Jubal Sackett. And short on-line reads…they can really pack a punch sometimes.
So given the chance to make up a list of must read before you die books what would you include? Just a little insight into the things that you read…I’m making a list, but I want to hear from you first.