So, here is the "library of me"!
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel SilversteinI received this as a gift from my aunt on my 6th birthday, and could recite my favorite poems by heart from reading them with my parents so often.
The Night Before Christmas – Clement Clarke MooreOne word meaning to this one….Dad J
The Baby Sitter’s Club – Ann M. MartinAs a pre and early teen, these books got me reading again after losing interest for a good couple of years and I devoured them!
Night – Elie WieselThe first book I ever “had” to read for school that I completely understood why it was required reading. It was also my first introduction to sympathy vs. empathy, because it made me understand that I could never actually empathize with the experience of the holocaust.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane AustenThe first historical fiction I fell in love with and set loose my grandiose ideas of old-school love and romance
North and South Trilogy – John Jakes
This trilogy set in stone my love of historical fiction and is one of the few long trilogies I have re-read multiple times
The Celestine Prophecy – James RedfieldThough not what I personally believe and I was raised from the beginning to be open-minded to the beliefs of others, this book was an amazing lesson in opening my mind even further to what the term “higher power” can mean to different people
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth SteinJust an all-out inspiring book about finding love and friendship in different ways
Desert Solitaire – Edward AbbeyThe beautiful writing of this book has always hit home with why I love the outdoors and why the greater Yellowstone area has the magnetism it does for me and many of my beloved friends and family members
Yellowstone Trails – Mark MarschallThis hiking guide was given to me by a roommate during my first summer working in Yellowstone and it opened my world to places and experiences I would have never imagined before coming here
The National Parks – Dayton DuncanThis companion to the PBS documentary landed on my doorstep at a time when I was questioning my next step and where it would take me. It reminded me why I had chosen to be where I am in the first place and help me decide that my next step (for the time being at least) was to stay right where I was.
The Alchemist – Paulo CoehloA good friend of mine took a copy of this book and wrote numbers 1-100 on the inside covers with the instructions to read the book, add your name and pass it along, with the final person sending the book back to her so she could see where it went and who it reached. Though not one of my all-time favorite books, her passion for it and this great activity helped teach me that many books I do love are better off being shared than collecting dust on my bookshelf
What does your "library" hold?