It seems cruel and unusual to follow a rant about the lameness of Top 10 lists with a Top 5 list of my own, but that’s the way the writing prompt cookie crumbles. I think this is a good list to make, in all honesty, so that’s why I’m writing it. So, without further ado:
The 5 Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read
5.) Anna Karenina – This book taught me how to write a plethora of subplots in a story; a plethora I tell you. Tolstoy explores all the important human themes with this one – love, hate, money, sex, religion, a lack there of, everything. It’s awesome.
4.) A Boy Called H – This one is a sort of fictionalized memoir about growing up in World War II era Japan. Need I say more?
3.) The Federalist Papers – This collection is rather dry, and very academic; however, if you want to know about our nation and if you want to figure out what our Constitution is really based on, this one is essential.
2.) Eat, Pray, Love - This selection is very personal, and I realize that many people won’t agree that this should be on a top 5 list of the most important books, but this is a list about the most important books I’ve ever read (read: these are the ones most important to me). This one is a memoir of life after divorce, life without spirituality and then its discovery, life with the loss and regaining of love. It’s beautiful.
1.) The Bible - It’s not cliché; it’s true.
What are yours?