For a very long time I kept meaning to do this post, just a general listing of what my top five books of all time would be. A list that would and could change all the time, and would give people a peek at what my brain thinks is wonderful and great.
So without further adieu, let us start with going from one to five:
I first read this classic of philosophy waaaay back when I was in high school and it never left me. Two more times this thick volume of thought entered my brain, both times bringing new enlightenment. A truly great work.
To my eternal shame I only read this amazing book a few years ago. To describe this story of a daughter’s love of her father and all that he stands for is difficult. So much happens, all through the eyes of young child growing up, that you seriously wonder how much of the tale is autobiographical. Amazing.
This true story of a daring World War Two escape is filled with determination and heroism. And the very real spectre of death. This book was also my introduction to the history and horrors of that war, having read it for the first time in grade four.
Another true life tale, this time of a white man who disguises himself as a black man and journeys through the U.S. south in the 1950’s. Disgusting, horrifying, and all so disheartening. Thankfully times had changed by the time I read this in grade four.
Another grade four read. A kids book that has laughs and friendship and touches on some more serious issues as well. Korman wrote this when he was fourteen, the first of a long line of great books for kids and teens.
And because I am a relentless cheat, here is my sixth top book…
Only read this one for the first time last year and cannot speak highly enough of this classic about a young girl grappling with growing up and her identity. Judy Blume, Praise Be Her Name!
Well that is it for this time. Maybe I will revisit this idea in a year or two time and who knows what the result will be?
…is currently reading Schultz and Peanuts by David Michaelis