· Animal Farm - George Orwell
· Anthem - Ayn Rand
· Do Hard Things - Alex and Brett Harris
· Dracula - Bram Stoker· The Great Gatsby
· Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
· Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
· The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
· The Scarlett Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
· More to be added as they are read
I have been asked many a time, what is my favorite book? However, this question, I believe, makes two fundamental errors about books.
1) It treats books simply as stories. Books are so much more, every time you revisit a book you learn something new, experience something different. A book is never the same twice.
2) It assumes you can pick a favorite. This is also, a terrible assumption. Picking a favorite book is wrong. It is like picking a favorite child or niece/nephew. You simply cannot have a favorite book.
With these things in mind, I have a pile of books I consider, "Must-Reads."
By endorsing these books, I am not saying I agree with everything they say, I usually don't. I am also not saying they are compatible for all ages or personalities. We are all different, and that is a very good thing. I am, however, saying if you read them you with an observant mind, you are most certainly bound to learn something new.
I appreciate books not for the fact that they are books, but for the value they have to show us life through the eyes of someone else. Books are the keys to knowledge we would otherwise never enjoy.