books of a lifetime
Great books are high on my mind these days, stemming from our discussion at a recent Toastmasters meeting, and as I attempt to complete the research for the second volume in my chocolate travel book series, Chocolatour.
what are some of the great books that have impacted your life?
I’ve spent a great deal of time recently thinking about what makes a book great, and what makes it memorable — the kind of book that can change our lives. So for this week’s post, I’d like to talk about books that have had the most significant impact on our lives and separate them into three categories:
1. From your childhood: Is there a book you read when you were a child (or one that was read to you – probably repeatedly) that helped shape the personality of who you are today? I’m not a sentimental person, but one book that has made it through the past 50 years with me through all the moves and places I’ve lived, is “The Princess and the Goblin” by George Macdonald. This book was published in 1913 – significant, because that is the year my father was born. Books were never a big part of our family household or my growing up, but my father read to me repeatedly from this book when I was little, and I have kept it all these years because of that. My copy is very old and tattered, so perhaps it was a book that my father also had as a child.
2. The book you’ve most enjoyed as a reader: Was this simply one of pleasure for you? Did it provide you with escape, laughs, inspiration? Or was it just so interesting to the point where you’ve referred to it time and time again? I admit to not being a fan of fiction and that most of the books I read are informational, educational or funny. In this category, the book that I found most enjoyable and enlightening has been, “Why Women Need Chocolate” by Debra Waterhouse. It’s so nice to know that my chocolate obsession is actually biological and that there is no use fighting it.
3. The book that has most significantly impacted your life: Perhaps it is because you were the author of this book and researching it, writing it, or having significant success as a result of its publication has greatly altered your life. Or is it a book that touched your soul or spirit in some way that resulted in a new you (or a notably different ‘work-in-progress’)? What is it about this book that has impacted your life or your soul so significantly? Or did it impact you simply from a pleasure or knowledge-fulfilled aspect that resulted in a change in course? There are quite a few books in this category for me as books that provide some form of spiritual guidance or enlightenment are the ones to which I most often turn. I love Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, “the Power of Intention” as it is beautifully designed, laid out in such a way as to keep my interest and contains a strong message on every page.
How about you? What books have most affected your life? Please share with us here, as we have a lovely sharing community and have learned much one from another.
Thanks to all who have contributed to this discussion. If you’re only reading the posts and not the resulting comments, you’re missing out on a lot!