Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Books That Have Touched You

Just got the following "instruction" from a Facebook friend:

"Rules: In your status line, list ten books that have stayed with you. Don't take more than a few minutes; don't think too hard. They don't have to be great works, just the ones that have touched you."

Here were eleven of mine (ordered from the time I read them onward, starting with GWTW at age 12):

Gone With the Wind
In Cold Blood
Nicholas and Alexandra
The Beatles Forever (Nicholas Schaffner)
The Bell Jar
Catcher in the Rye
The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath
Conversations with Joan Crawford
Two Girls, Fat and Thin (Mary Gaitskill)
Birthday Letters (Ted Hughes)


Let me share lists from three others who shared:

1. J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings.
2. Walter Pater. The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry.
3. Robert Graves. The White Goddess.
4. Carl Sagan. Cosmos.
5. William Morris. The Well at the End of the World.
6. Guest, Lady Charlotte (ed.). The Mabinogion.
7. Luigi Serafini. Codex Seraphinianus.
8. J.-K. Huysmans. Against the Grain.
9. Robert Bootzin. Bare Feet and Good Things to Eat.
10. Beowulf.

1. Complete Works of Shakespeare
2. Lord of the Rings
3. Aleister Crowley, Magick Book 4/Book of Thoth
4. Gogol, Dead Souls
5. Anthony Burgess Enderby Novels
6. Martin Amis, London Trilogy
7. JM Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians
8. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince & Discourses On Livy
9. Peter Kingsley, Works
10. Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin
100 Years Of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Florence King Reader

The Roald Dahl Omnibus
Dune Frank Herbert
A Guide To The Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, William B Irvine
Candide, Voltaire
Little Dorrit, Dickens
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Downtown Diaries, Jim Carroll
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett


I 100% refuse to believe that 75% of what these people wrote actually "touched" them. Seems like they had an IDEA of what they were SUPPOSED TO like and be "touched by" and list in order to seem cool/intellectual for the public. (Seriously: "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" -- If you really love Shakespeare and pay attention to his works and are intellectually honest, then of course you don't love EVERYTHING he wrote and can recognize the lesser plays/poems.)

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