Books, Life Related

It’s that time of the year, right?

Every week my friend Chuck posts a list of blog posts that have caught his eye. Some posts really catch my eye, some don’t really. C’est la vie, or something like that. This past Saturday there was a post by J. Eric Smith listing 100 books that meant something/had shaped him. And because it’s time for graduation and passing along of Advice For Life blah blah blah, I thought it might be an interesting exercize to do the same. I didn’t do 100 books because that feels like diluting their importance somewhat.

The books recommended are ones that have in some way changed my life. They range from children’s books to more adult fare; some were recommended to me and others were discovered on my own. A few are out of print, but if you can find copies it’s worth it; one author is problematic and I’ve chosen not to link to those books but you can do as you wish. And obviously there’s the professional obligation to do Reader’s Advisory where ever and whenever I can.

Audrey Rose by Frank de Fellita
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Chalet School (series) by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Dead Air by Iain Banks
Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
The Dinner by Herman Koch
England, England by Julian Barnes
Espedair Street by Iain Banks
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
The Heaven Tree Trilogy by Edith Parteger
In Pursuit of Wisdom by Abraham Kaplan
Judas Child by Carol O’Connell
Mallory Towers (series) by Enid Blyton
Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Munro Leaf’s Fun Book (actually several books, including How to Behave and Why)
Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen Donaldson
Night by Elie Weisel
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
Possession by A. S. Byatt
The Preppy Handbook / The JAP Handbook
RIchard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
Thendara House by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which is not only the book I turn to when I’m feeling sick, but years ago my uncle read the book into a tape recorder so someone could read it to me when I felt ill. Of course, somewhere in all the moves and format changes, that cassette got lost.

Oh, the links? To Bookshop.org or Blackwell’s and I have no affiliate linkage with them, but honestly, supporting an independent bookseller is way cooler than supporting that other company.

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