Books That Have Inspired Me
If it’s good enough for Zen Habits, it’s good enough for me. I posted the first few of these in his comments. They are in no particular order.
* His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman re-energized my desire to read fiction. His series, starting with The Golden Compass, is thought-provoking and entertaining at the same time. My wife and I have remarked over and over to each other that these books are a stupendous example of the art of "show, don’t tell".
The audio books are excellent, by the way. Full cast renditions, they’re actually how I got started with the series until I became frustrated halfway through The Subtle Knife with only being able to go as fast as Philip Pullman and crew could read them.
* The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
Here is a novel I love to contemplate in the middle of winter. It’s a tale of a stranger in a strange land, and LeGuin’s ability to bring characters and situations to life is beautiful to behold.
* The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin
Once my favorite fantasy series, until I started reading the His Dark Materials series. The idea of True Name magic is very appealing to me.
* Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
I was identified as a gifted and talented child, but I hadn’t found a book that really encapsulated that experience until this one. Reader’s note: have a box of tissues nearby.
* The Empty Pot by Demi
I think about this modern parable a lot. It’s a simple yet powerful lesson in telling the truth.
* What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman
I love the stories in this free spirit’s autobiography, but the title keeps coming back to me when I’m struggling with how others perceive my actions. I find in doing so that I’m bolder and take more risks, which often bear sweet fruit.
* The Dragon Kite by Thomas Lewis
This is a beautiful children’s story about a child who becomes captivated by a dragon kite and eventually becomes a monk, beautifully illustrated in red-and-sepia toned drawings. In a sense, it’s a tale about following your heart.
That’s all that come to mind just at the moment, though I can foresee follow-up posts. It also causes me to think that maybe I need to rethink what titles I keep on my bookshelf. These are the kind of books that most belong there.