Here is a list of my 10 favorite books . . .
Into Thin Air
Author, Jonathon Krakauer's compelling writing brings the story of a disaster on a climb of Mt. Everest . . .
The characters come to life as he describes their personalities and climbing styles. After being introduced to his work with Into Thin Air, I have read most of Krakauer's books and they have all been intriguing and fascinating reads.
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
One of the greats of our time, Maya Angelou's poetry comes to life within these pages. I have always found that no matter where I am at in life, I can turn to this book and make a connection.
Women Who Run With the Wolves
The title of Clarissa Pinkola Estes's work grabs your attention. It did mine. The stories within came into my life at a time where I was searching for meaning, for direction. Engrossed in her work I came to realize how to count on myself for answers. It was a beginning anyway.
The Mountain People
Author : Colin M. Turnbull. Not always an easy read, The Mountain People brings to life the realities of the lives of the Ik, the Mountain People of Africa. Raw and graphic it makes a person pause. How can it not if you are human at all. I first read this book years ago and it still stays with me. Hauntingly at times.
A New Earth
Eckhart Tolle's spiritual work changed my life. I hesitated adding a spiritual book to my list, however, it undeniably had an impact on my life, and continues to do so. I can always turn to it's pages for wisdom.
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd's style of writing is a must read for would be authors. The story of Lily, a young girl searching for answers draws you in from the first page. Touching and wondrous, The Secret Life of Bees is and always will be a favorite of mine.
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee's classic novel of Scout's adventures and her relationship with her father, Atticus is on full display for a great read. And if you want to continue the story I encourage you to read Go Set A Watchman.
Author: Ayn Rand. Controversial at times, if you allow yourself to get immersed in the story, you won't be able to put it down. It's a classic. She expresses her beliefs in the need for reason, individualism, and capitalism. At first it came out to negative reviews, over the years has been heralded as one of the great reads.
The Things They Carried
A classic work of American literature, Tim O'Brien's fictional account of the Vietnam war is more what I call historical fiction. I am one that has never felt like I did enough for our vets who came home from this unwanted war. I tend to read and watch a lot about it. It's not always easy, however, this is one book you can't put down. It led me to read his following books as well.
The Painted Ceiling
IAuthor: Graham Rust. This has mostly been a visual read for me over the years. It inspires creativity and offers the reader options of different styles of painting murals. Truly a delight to open and visualize the possibilities.