5 Most Important Books in My Life
There is a really long meme that’s going around on the web that lists a bunch of books, what we’ve read and what we want to read…it’s interesting but frankly it’s too long. Rather than list all that stuff, I thought I’d modify it to the “5 Most Important Books in My Life”. So, without further ado…
1. “Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman: I don’t suppose this is some sort of landmark work of fiction but it was the first book that I read all by myself and all the way through. I remember distinctly and very proudly reading it to my parents all by myself. I have no idea how old I was…maybe Kindergarden-ish age? I’m sure my Mom can tell you more specifically. I have such fond memories of this book. Also maybe why I like dogs better than cats! Who knows? This book is important because it is where I started to read.
2. Nancy Drew novels: For this, no specific novel – just the series. I don’t even remember how or why I picked up the first one but the completely dominatedy a lot of my youth. I read all of the original series (hardcover) as well as all the new ones. When I was a “tween” that was pretty much all we had to read. That or the “Sweet Valley High” series and I was never really into that. I would much rather read about mysteries and plots than some cheerleader’s dating problems. These books are important to me because this is where I fell in love with reading.
3. “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles: I read a lot of amazing books during my 9th grade English class, but this was by far the most impactful. It was the first book we read during that semester. I even know and amdit that we read better books later in the year (like, To Kill a Mockingbird), but this was the first book that semester and it really changed the way I saw “literature”. I remember taking this book home the very first day it was assigned. We were supposed to read one chapter…I ended up devouring the whole book that night. This book is important to me because it opened up a whole world of subtext and the literary world of novels.
4. “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton: I know this isn’t some great work of fiction, but I remember talking about the book with some friends during a Sierra Club camping trip (Father-Daughter hiking with my dad and a group of friends). The book was discussed and recommended to me. I didn’t really think much of it, but my Dad remembered it and picked it up for me at the grocery store. I almost didn’t read it but I picked it up and was hooked from the first sentence. It means a lot of me because I loved the book and because it influenced the kind of novel I wanted to write.
5. “Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin: This book is important to me because first of all…it’s an amazing book. What a great story. Secondly it’s written in the most beautiful, intricate and compelling point of view. All of the novels in the series use a system whereby each chapter concentrates on one character in a third person limited point of view. Correspondingly, each chapter bears the name of the current POV character (ex. “Bran,” “Catelyn,” “Daenerys”) with the story flipping back and forth between the main characters. The tale of A Game of Thrones is told through the eyes of 8 POV characters. Amazing stuff to read! This book is important because it has thoroughly influenced my style.
In closing, here are some photos from last friday when we took the pugs for a walk. It’s always rather crazy taking two pugs for a walk. They can barely contain themselves and are constantly tangling themselves up in each others leads.
Then they inevitably get distracted by each other, the geese, kids down the street, the grass, wind, air, dust motes.
As the sun was setting over our pond, we ran the dogs up to the edge of the water to scare the geese away. Much fun!