Laura asked last night at dinner, “What’s is a book that has impacted you?” She was looking for a book that shaped who we are. She was looking for a book that we needed to read for us to have continued on the course to who we are.
I loved the question.
I loved it even more when Christian re-imagined it.
“If you met you, what book would you make sure you read?”
The discussion deck was stacked as three of those around the table were English teachers.
The list, as much of it as I was able to copy down, is below. It’s given me much to add to the Kindle for the summer. And I will be adding as many of these books as I can.
I’m not adding them because the plots sounded interesting (though they did). I’m certainly not at a loss for additions to my reading list. I’m adding these books to the to-read list because they were the answer to a question of what thoughts and ideas people I find interesting and thoughtful consider to be formative and critical to their foundations of self.
I like understanding (or at least working toward understanding) how people come to their ideas and beliefs.
Packing to move, I’ve been sorting through the books on my shelves, the books others bought for me because they thought they were the right fit. Many of them have been a good fit. Many of them have brought me good stories. Still, I am mindful as I read these books that I want to like them because I want those who know me to be right.
The question of what you would make sure you read works better for me. Another person’s assumption of what I’ll like is not nearly as interesting to me as learning what they’ve liked. I read those books with a different eye. I read those books to get to know the person and to get to know the book.
So, here’s the list. Maybe some of these titles will make their way onto your summer reading list. If you’ve got the time, share the book that you would make sure you read.
(I’ve been expanding the list as I collect titles from those I run into at ISTE. I should probably stop before the list becomes too unwieldy. Then again, I’m still curious.)
The Gangster We’re All Looking For by Thi Diem Thuy Le (from John Spencer)
The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler (from Chris Alfano)
Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson (from Chris Alfano
Final Rounds: A Father, A Son, The Golf Journey of a Lifetime by James Dodson (from Dean Shareski)
A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss (from Bud Hunt)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (read all four books) (from Bud Hunt)
A New Culture of Learning – by Douglas Thomas (from Vinnie Vrotny)
Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century – by G. Pascal Zachary (from Vinnie Vrotny)
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman (from Christian Long)
Griffith and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock (from Christian Long)
Trinity by Leon Uris (from Laura Deisley)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (from Laura Deisley)
The History of Rasselas Prince of Abissinia by Samuel Johnson (from me)
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (from me)
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins (from me)
I’ll say it again. What book would you make sure you read?