Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ten Thirteen Books I Couldn't Live Without

Books I Couldn't Live Without

Kailana from Kailana's Written World is doing a survey and calling it the Blogger List of Books They Cannot Live Without. She is asking bloggers to submit their list of 10 books. She did say we could list a few more if we needed to. I take that to mean I can list 13 for Thursday Thirteen. I think she is going to create a list from the lists submitted. The same idea was done by the online Guardian Unlimited. Click here to see their list of 100.

I don't quite know what this title means - Books I Couldn't Live Without. Obviously, I could live without books as millions upon millions of people have done throughout history and do so even today. Would I want to - NO. Books enrich my life in untold ways, but if I lived when there weren't books, I could, indeed, live. So, is this list suppose to be my favorites? No, Kailana said "they do not have to be your favorite books of all time, just the books that you think that you or the world could not be without." She did say they should be books that I've actually read.

My list includes books I've read and that I think are important because of their message, the beauty of their language, their importance to a time period, and/or they alter our thoughts and conceptions, enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

1. The Bible

2. The Book of Mormon

3. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

4. Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. History of Love by Nicole Krauss

6. Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett

7. Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol

8. Jane Eyre

9. Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

10. Pride and Prejudice

11. Hallelujah by J. Scott Featherstone

12. Folding Paper Cranes by Leonard Bird

13. From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz


Kailana said...

No worries, I read both of your blogs! Thanks for joining in, and you have read some interesting books that have not come up on other lists. I think the Bible is going to be near the top of the master list, it has came up several times. Which is good. :)

And, yes, I am going to take all the books and make a bit of a master list. I can't say how big the master list will be because I don't know how many lists I will have by that time. :)

Amanda said...

I have The Book Thief on my list as well...I'm in love with that book!

Framed said...

Poisonwood Bible??? You just like to torture me.
Some of these I've not heard you mention before, but they sound enticing. I'm not sure I could pick ten books. I'll have to think about it.

hellomelissa said...

the poisonwood bible would be on my list of 10 as well. others? the corrections by j. franzen, angela's ashes by f. mccourt, memoirs of a geisha by a. golden, little women by l.m. alcott, the red tent by a. diamant, and rebecca by d. dumaurier. can't come up with any others just now.