We never know when our time will be up. As I inch closer to sixty, I feel myself giving up things. I'm getting closer and closer to the end of my working life. I've given up on my idea of visiting Italy. It's pretty clear I'm never going to walk the Appalachian Trail or ride a bike across Texas.
Does that mean I'm going to exit this life without making an attempt to read every good book? No, I haven't given up on that dream. I don't care about reading the best book of March; I want to read books we want to reread, books we want to tell everyone about, books that stick with us. The best books.
I've already read a lot of those, I think. Suite Francaise. My Name is Asher Lev. Civility. The Little Prince. A few years ago I read My Ideal Bookshelf. I later made my own ideal bookshelf:
Last year I read Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores. I spent several days with Read This, making lists of books I might like to read based on recommendations from booksellers.
And long, long ago, I found the "One Book" List online. Each reader was invited to submit the name of the one book that most affected his life. I can remember taking a look at the list periodically back in the early nineties and finally printing it out in 1998. Glad I did, as it seems to no longer exist online. I was happily able to retype the list today as a Google Doc.
Now I want to use all of these ideas to come up with My Book Bucket List.
Could you help me? What books would you recommend? I'd love to have you add your recommendations to this list.
I'll keep this up for 2015 and post about it early next year.
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