I seem to have been living, breathing and sleeping all things ‘book launch’ for the past month or more and today I have finally managed to distract myself by reflecting on the books, poems or lines that have inspired me.
My lists change frequently, dependent as they are upon my current head-space, so this one is bound to change the minute I post it.
This is not a list of capital L literary works (although a few might have snuck in): you can find those sorts of lists all over the net. There’s an interesting one at Time.com and a nice selection of top tens at one of my favourite blogs ANZ LitLovers. Or you can find out what Australians voted as best (100) reads according to the ABC
My list is not restricted to books and is purely personal.
- Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons for the unique voice and easy reading style and for the muscular strength of the female characters.
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens – because of the names of the characters, particularly the teacher M’choakumchild.
- Marele Day’s The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender for an opening that tricked me because of my own stereotyping.
- Gillian Rubinstein’s Galax-Arena because it has something very profound and sincere to say to young people.
- Eleanor H Porter for having Pollyanna teach us that there is something precious about always looking for the silver lining.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Despite the hype, buzz-words and mission statements, there are some great organisational tools and performance techniques.
- Donna Parker On Her Own by Marcia Martin for making a meek little girl feel adventurous and empowered.
- I wandered lonely as a cloud (commonly known as ‘Daffodils’) by William Wordsworth. Just because.
- If I had a Gun by Gig Ryan for helping me understand the power of the poetic voice.
- Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own for articulating my jumbled thoughts and making me find my space.
I always love to hear about favourites so please share … even if it’s just one book that made a difference in your life.