An impossible question was posed to me via Facebook: What are the top ten books that have made an impact on you?
You mean just ten books? Mental scrambles. Head scratching. Seeks coffee.
For me, the impact of a book and/or author is rooted in the following:
1) Do I feel more connected to the world?
2) Is my world view broadened by this book?, and
3) Have I been intellectually challenged and invigorated?
I settled on this list:
- Force of Circumstance, by Simone de Beauvoir
- The Human Condition, by Hannah Arendt
- The Apology, by Plato
- The Story of My Experiments with Truth, by Mahatma Gandhi
- The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
- A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft
- The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie (I am a mystery buff after all!)
- The Doll, by Boleslaw Prus
- East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
But, of course, I threw my hands up because there are so many more wonderful authors who should be included! Here are my honorable mentions:
- Soren Kierkegaard
- Leo Tolstoy
- Nelson Mandela
- George Eliot
- Jane Austen
- Margaret Atwood
- Roberston Davies
- Zadie Smith
What books have made a great impact on you?