Here's an exercise that was interesting because it took me down memory lane & was actually fun as I thought it through.
In order of influence and/or importance to my development as a reasonably functionally dysfunctional human being, here's my top 15:
1. The Bible, inspired by God
2. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
3. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
7. Bendigo Shafter by Louis L'Armour
8. Centennial by James Michener
9. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
10. Lincoln by Gore Vidal
11. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
12. Kingdoms In Conflict by Chuck Colson
13. Celebration Of Discipline by Richard Foster
14. Waking The Dead by John Eldredge
15. Blood & Thunder by Hampton Sides
What are your top 15 influential books?
The Three Battlegrounds
Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Brother Lawrence Practice The Presence of God
The World of Hildegard of Bingen: Her Life, Time, and Visions
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
A History of Money and Banking in the United States
Countdown to the Apocalypse
Francis and Clare
Gods fool,the life of St Francis
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life: The Pope I Knew So Well
Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
Some of the most inspirational of these books,for me,were the most simple. Mother Teresa and her pure love and reliance on Jesus. Brother Lawrence and the simplicity of his faith. Thanks for reminding me!
1. The Bible
2. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
3. Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz
4. Do You! by Russell Simmons
5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
7. Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story by Ray Charles and David Ritz
8. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
9. Time Tactics of Very Successful People
10. The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
11. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
12. Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur by Michael Eric Dyson
13. Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday with Bill Dufty
14. Revelations: There's A Light After the Lime by Pastor Mason "Mase" Betha and Karen Hunter
15. Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones
In no particular order, and without fear of having duplicated someone else's selections...
1) Les Miserable
2) Catch -22
3) For Whom The Bell Tolls
4) Julius Caesar (biography which I loaned to a friend and now cannot name the author.)
5) The Bible
6) The illustrated Man
7) The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (I cheat.)
8) The Godfather
9) Animal Farm
10) Essays and Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson
11) The Hot Gates
12) Pale Horse Coming
13) Leaves of Grass
14) Atlas Shrugged
15) The Little Blue Handmade Book of Poems Alayne Fenasci wrote and gave me.
1.Grapes of Wrath re current gm food
2. A short history of australia by manning clark - its relevance and for developing my interest in australian history and culture beyond the high school text book.
3.The man who planted trees - in an edited selection of short stories that I used to read in the outback..
4.Songlines - re aboriginal songlines and the first real understanding of what we call their nomadic lifestyle.
5.Grandmothers writing about great great uncle and overland telegraph that lead me to learn more about family history
6.Hamlet - I had a medical skull on my desk when I studied called Yorick - who kept me company through my final yr of school
7.to kill a mockingbird
8.the diary of anna frank
9.Dibs in search of self
11. My place - about aboriginal life/Long walk to freedom - Mandela
12. The outsider by Camus - My final year literature book
13. Simone de Bourviuor and the second sex,
14. Waltzing matilda by banjo patterson
15. Dr Seuss and the Cat in the Hat - as a child it was loved by myself and my brother, as it described our behavior some days.. and as an adult due to the links to the environment lobby.
I have to add these and I think the numbering changes depending on the life moment...
White noise and
Germaine Greet the female Eunech.. which really did along with Simone de Bourviour give me a sense of self as woman and man as other.
Of Mice and Men
1984 and Animal Farm...George Orwell.
Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
Any shakespeare - Othello and Much a do about nothing and of course the taming of the shrew
Youve made me look up australian literature now on wikipedia and I realize Ive still alot to learn and read.
add Clive James and Tim Winton and elizabeth jolley and Mary Durack australian writers..
Berkuwski on American realism ( dark)add many other novels by mainstream US culture from Joan Collins to the Dice Man..etc
Satre on existentialism.. and on and on..
I need to copy this list for later.
fringedwellers - on urbanized aboriginal life
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