Almost a year ago, I slowly started creating my very own Book Bucket list. Essentially, I wanted a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of all the books I either have a) read and loved or b) always wanted to read. Since the list was so ding dang gargantuan, I’m split it into parts to share with you all. Finally, almost a year later, I’m finishing the list. You can find the final section of the list, authors T-Z, below, but first (since I probably need to refresh your memory) I want to share with you my original inspiration for creating this list:
“Nothing inanimate has had as staggeringly significant an impact on my life as books. I assume that most people feel similarly. I grew up with my nose in a book. All the emotion/confusion/fascination that I carried as I matured was challenged and encouraged by my love of reading.
I always had a book with me, and I read at all the impolite times–at the dinner table (at home or out at restaurants), in the car, at recess (yep). My father had a rule for almost all of my childhood and teenage years that I couldn’t read while I was in the car with him, because he wanted to have a chance to talk to me (#rulesfornerds anyone?).
My love of books and a well written turn of phrase drew me to Literature in College, and so I lovingly majored in English. And I did pretty well. However, I wasn’t successful because of some raw talent or intellectual prowess, I excelled because I had an unquenchable passion for the power of a great story. I believed at my core then (and still do) that a well written story changes the way we see the world. Instantly, I can “empathize” with others in a way that I haven’t experienced through any other medium. The great story is our shared story. It’s one that speaks to us all and connects us. I believe in it. So much so that my love of great literature lead me to Chile, home of so many great poets, novelists and artists. And I fell in love with the power of a story in a new language. It was transformational.
Fast forward to my life now. I read when I can, but unless I consciously prioritize books, I do an awful job at making time for them in my every day life. I have finally discovered this real truth for myself–each and every time I carve away some space in my world to read more regularly, I see the world more brightly, more colorfully, and I live more purposefully. I often struggle to find the space/quiet/time to read, but I have always known that getting more organized would help me.
In that vein, for a while now I have been wanting to create a master list of all the books I either have a) read and loved or b) always wanted to read. This task has been on my life list (also known as AURORA) for a while now. I also always wanted to create this list, because I waste way too much ding dang time wondering what book I should read next. No More.”