If you have been on facebook recently, you might have noticed another chain of ‘tags’ asking people to list out books which have made an impact. While I’m not one for following those tagged challenges, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity on talking about books now, could I?
Little did I remember though, I had chalked up a post, in response to another blogger, about top 10 authours I am thankful for. So, interesting comparisons can be made!
|All Quiet on the Western Front||Enid Blyton|
|The Giver||J.K. Rowling|
|Tuesdays with Morrie||Ian McEwan|
|Harry Potter Series||Ayn Rand|
|The Double Helix||J.D. Salinger|
|The Brain that changes itself||Tan Twan Eng|
|A Thousand Splendid Suns||Stephen Chbosky|
As you can see, there are the obvious overlaps – does this mean these books have impacted more so over the others? Perhaps, yes, given how my brain immediately jumps to those.
Speaking of brains, I do remember now, I had consciously omitted The Brain that changes itself in the previous list because I wanted to stick to fiction.
As for this time ’round, it was another conscious decision on my part to not include any of Ayn Rand’s books in this list. It’s one of those weird books – it hooked the teenager me showed me new ideas and an incomplete understanding of the philosophy she propagated captivated my interests. I guess it sort of impacted me in a sense, but hey, I’ve grown to realize that I don’t quite subscribe to that anymore. But I do think it forced little naive me to look for different perspectives on the different scenarios.
This exercise though left me with the realization that I don’t read as much as I used to. Remedies may not be as easy as overnight book-immersions with a cup of tea, as calming as it sounds.
Perspectives are inherently interesting.