Today, I’m giving you the top ten books that others have recommended to me. Every once in a while, someone will ask me what they should read. I always ask what they like to read in response. Unless you like Sci Fi or Dystopian or Romance, I can come up with good recommendations. And everyone in a while, someone will tell me, “You have to read this…” so here is my list of those recommendations.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My grandmother told me to read this after I exhausted her Agatha Christie collection. I am a mystery junkie and these stories helped make me that way.
- Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. I was dating a guy and taking an Native American Studies class. He suggested this book would go nicely with the class. And it did. While I’m sure the HBO miniseries was good, the book is always better. And in this case, it would be hard to top this book. You will understand what we took from the natives when you read this.
- Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. This was recommended so much as required by my high school English teacher, but either way, this book is amazing. Mowat was in Canada and studying wolves. It’s one of the best books I have ever read.
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The same guy who recommended Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee recommended this one. Who doesn’t love this book? My favorite fairy tale, by far.
- The Bitch In The House by Cathi Hanauer. A friend (who no longer speaks to me) recommend this book. 26 women talk about being women. Working. Families, Co-parenting. Taking care of aging parents. All the things we face and have to deal with. This is a must-read for all women as far as I’m concerned.
- Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams. I have a very dear friend who calls himself, “the most illiterate English major ever.” While I will not comment on that statement, he read this book when he was in college and told me I needed to read it. And it turns out he was right. In 1983, Terry’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. And the Great Salt Lake was rising and threatening the bird population. She tells the story of her mother dying and the birds learning to deal with the rising lake. I’m not doing it justice. Just read it.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. The friend who no longer speaks to me recommend this one as well. We even had a virtual book club about it. While my friendship may have died, this book actually did give me some ideas about what happiness really is and how to be a happier person. For the most part, I think it worked.
- All Involved by Ryan Gattis. This was recommended by a podcast. And while I have read many books recommended by podcasts, not one of them hit me they way this one did. It is about the LA riots in 1992 and is told from 17 points of view. To me, this book is storytelling mastery. I don’t have any other words for this book. Read it.
- The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. In 1982, when the movie came out, my grandfather took me to see it. Other than the James Bond movie, Octopussy, he never took me to the movies. After seeing The Right Stuff, I wanted to be an astronaut. My bad eyesight and inability to do math ruined that. But my grandmother told me if I liked the movie, I should read the book. So I did. And I still love it. This story, in particular, for me, epitomizes America. We wanted a man in space, we put a man in space. I got to know John Glenn, Alan Shepherd Jr., Gus Grissom, Deke Slayton, Gordo Cooper, and the other two, whose names I can’t remember right now. One of my all-time favorite books.
Tomorrow, I will talk about crime.