Very quiet weekend, without incident or drama, which is good, but leaves little to write about.
There is a trend on Facebook to list ten books that have influenced you the most in your life. So that's an interesting topic and I thought I'd give it a try. I have been meaning to weed out a lot of books and send them to Goodwill and this gets me thinking about the ones I really want to keep.
I will not try to put them in order. Too tough.
Books for me are mental pathways, steps on the journey. Books that fascinate me and inspire me are ones that change my mind, for the better, that open it up to new ideas. I could list a bunch more books but these are the ones that expanded my thinking.
The Bible - King James version was my first introduction to it and I still love the language of it, the beauty of that version. For clarity I read the NIV. I have taken many classes in it, at the university level and in church of course. Much of it remains a mystery, but it's still the greatest book ever written.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott I read this when I was in about 5th grade and loved the character of Jo, who is independent and a tomboy and not content with the limited role society allowed women in the 19th century. She became a role model for me.
Queens of England by Norah Lofts I read this at 15 and I keep it and refer to it even to this day. Great accumulation of knowledge about a fascinating subject.
The Journeyer by Gary Jennings This fictional account of the journey of Marco Polo is filled with rich details and fascinating accounts of ancient travel and mysteries. Little did I know that one day I would travel to the ancient land of Kazakhstan, the Great Silk Road, to find my son. When he is a little more mature I want him to read this.
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy I remember reading this and just not being able to put it down. I was a teenager and my relationship with my dad was thorny, and I could relate to this book on so many levels.
The Eight by Katherine Neville I read this right after grad school, in 1990. Computers were only just beginning to be important in my life, and I was astonished by the computer wizardry in this book. I gave it to a friend who was getting his PhD in computer science and he read it and said "It's already out of date." The technology was advancing at a scary rate, even then..
The Eagle and the Rose: A Remarkable True Story by Rosemary Altea I read this not too long after my dad died and it gave me great comfort. I believe there are genuine mediums in this world and they can communicate with people who have died. Laugh if you want. Scoff, even. I have talked to a couple of mediums who told me details they couldn't possibly have known. Now, there are charlatans out there, undoubtedly. We all need to be open to things not easily explained, however. There IS magic in the world, if we will take time to find it.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling When these books first came out I remember trying to read this and being bored. When Michael came home and was having trouble with reading, this became a life-changing book, however. He loved the series and his reading comprehension soared. This book literally changed my life because I realized how he could be motivated, and how smart he is. It's also just a great story, and we read the entire series, together, in 6 months.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The first book in the series was so mesmerizing I read it in one weekend. Then waited impatiently for the next book. Amazingly great story about time travel, love, magic, history, and herbal remedies. Such a rich series, and so thought-provoking.
The Davinci Code by Dan Brown This one I read in 2 days, at the beach. Loved the incredible story. Was Jesus married? Who knows? I often think it's an exploration that needed to be undertaken. It didn't destroy my faith or destroy the catholic church. It just stimulated my thinking about all sorts of things.