What books have been your favorites or have influenced you most in your life. I decide to make a list of ten this morning. If I made this list on a different day, a few of the choices would probably be different. Paring it down to ten was hard.
In the order they came to my mind:
1. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter. This book exploded my brain when I read it and set me on the adventure of learning in my adult life.
2. Ann Likes Red by Dorothy Z. Seymour. This was my first favorite book and possibly the first book I ever read on my own. I’m happy to see it’s still in print!
3. The Giant Golden Book of Birds. My grandparents gave me this book and I’ve probably read it and pored over the pictures more times than any other book I’ve ever owned. I still have it.
4. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I read this when I was in sixth grade and everyone else (literally everyone else in the sixth grade) was reading Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret, which I had zero desire to read.
5. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. This is the book that got me started as a writer. I still read it from time to time, and I have a copy of the “Rules for Freewriting” on my phone.
6. Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal by Joan Hassol. Just a lovely book of essays, drawings, and recipes for jam.
7. Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View by Garry Friesen. This book changed my life in ways the author never could have imagined. Probably made me who I am today.
8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Do I really need to elaborate on this?
9. Urban Watercolor Sketchbook by Felix Scheinberger. This is the book I am reading over and over again right now. It’s so inspiring. Will I remember it in 10 years? I don’t know but right now I am loving it. It’s more than a how to book. It’s a philosophy book, too.
10. Black Lambs and Grey Falcons: Women Travelling in the Balkans edited by John B. Alcock & Antonia Young. This book got me thinking about the process of making things in a new way and has led to my realization that my life is all about making things and sharing them. It’s also probably going to lead to my last knitting book, which will require several more years of research in Eastern Europe.