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Books: How Reading Changed My Life

April 26, 2010 | Books

I just finished reading How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen. It’s only 84 pages, but every word on every page spoke to me. Have you ever read her? If you haven’t, you should. She writes like a reader. A very well-read reader. I only disagree with her on Anna Karenina, which made her list of books she would save from a fire.

I thought about taking one of her lists and setting a goal to read everything on it. Each list has 10 books, and I’ve read a few on each list, so I’d have a head start. But I’m more tempted to make my own Anna Quindlen list, picking from each of her lists.

Here goes.

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy
  • Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

A reader’s dozen.

What should I read first?

Posted by Becky @ 6:00 am  

4 Responses to “Books: How Reading Changed My Life”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I have the DVD of “Gone with the Wind,” if you want to see it after you read the book. I read every book the district library in Barnes had. DVD’s are out on some of those books. The Barnes library was home to all the books that. Another Barnes book was :Just David. I read it during one blizzard when I prepared for several days to read. Some of the books have a pretty recognizable plot and story details are changed “to protect the innocent, as those early telly shows used to say.” Have fun with your reading plan.

  2. Kathy Says:

    My second sentence in my reply should say I read every Montgomery book.

  3. Becky Says:

    Strange how I’ve never read these books. I just got the 100th anniversary edition of Anne of Green Gables. Thought I might read it this summer. I’ll let you know if I get GWTW read. Thanks!

  4. Cyndi Says:

    Oh, I just love AofGG! I had the 75th anniversary edition and just passed it along to friends since there are no girls here to treasure it. I bet your girls would love it, soon, if not yet. Thank you for the smile! And the recommendations :-)

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