On day two, however, Nick said, "Do you notice anything odd?"
I mean, there were a few coffee table books and some books of art in a basement bookcase, but otherwise, none. Not a novel, memoir, non-fiction book in sight.
The truth is that if I am at your house and given the opportunity, I will look at your bookshelves. (By "given the opportunity" I mean, I won't sneak into your bedroom so I can peer at your books. Only if they're right out there in front of God and everyone.)
Seeing what other people choose to read is one of my favorite things to do.
I love the window into your mind. When you have beloved books in common, don't you feel like it says something profound? Or anyway, something?
Apparently lots of people will peer into other people's medicine cabinets. Seriously. I'm not remotely interested in whether or not you take antacids or what kind of deodorant you like.
It's your psyche I want to rifle through. In a totally transparent, non-creepy way. I promise. So please still invite me over.
So yesterday my friend Wendy tagged me on Facebook. The instructions were as follows:
In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes and don't think too hard - they don't have to be the "right" books or great works of literature, just the ones that have touched you.
Wendy is intellectual and a prolific reader, and I was interested to see what she'd said. I'm intrigued to hear which books others name.
How much do I love knowing this kind of thing? So much!
I mean, we choose books for a variety of reasons. Our beach read is not necessarily our depth-of-winter book. Sometimes a book grabs you because you read it at the perfect time in the perfect place. Or it squeezes your heart. Or feels a little too familiar.
I'm offering you 10 books, gathered quickly but thoughtfully, that have resonated with me enough to stick, in some large or small way.
- Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller
- The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
- The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
- The Little Prince, Aintoine de Saint-Exupery
- Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
- The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
- The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
- Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje