That being said, for life has its IRONY, this past December (no pun intended) I made a PROMISE to myself to make a lifelong dream become REALITY; to READ books constantly and consistently on every topic of interest. It is a SIMPLE tasks, but it is often those that seem so obvious to us that we tend to delay the most, not realizing its VALUE and IMPORTANCE.
I remember when I was a young girl, I use to devour BOOKS because it ignited my imagination, creativity and allowed me to ESCAPE; it brought the world to my DOORSTEP. I was often the girl under the shade with her face in a book during the lunch hour, while the other kids were playing in the yard.
However, once I was a teenager (boys and peer pressure became a DISTRACTION) until college (where reading although interesting became an OBLIGATION), I did not read books as much as I would have enjoyed to or the subject matter then did not INTEREST me much. Throughout the years, my appetite for reading would come and go, until NOW.
I have decided to recapture my CHILDHOOD pleasure for reading and started to write down a BOOK LIST. The latter consist of non-fiction and fiction novels with an array of topics that range from PHILOSOPHY to PHOTOGRAPHY and everything in between. How do I make a selection? I simply follow what I feel, am inspired by or curious about at the MOMENT.
The WONDERFUL thing I have noticed is, once you begin to read, one book leads to ANOTHER. Whether the inspiration comes from the subject matter, or a word that captures your attention and curiosity, reading becomes a continuous CYCLE that SPARKS THE MIND. My Book List grows continuously and steadily; and I am all the BETTER because of it. The IMPACT and POWER of reading, of words, are indispensable.
Similar to everything in life, a Book List becomes a personal JOURNEY, one path leading to another.
These are some of the titles on my Book List (that began around December) thus far:
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (began reading it Summer 2010)
- A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi
- Let My People Go by Chief Luthuli
- The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
- Girl With the Golden Eyes & The Unknown Master Piece by Honore de Balzac
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton
- The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
- The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier,
- The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
- True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Decoded by Jay-Z
What is your Book Journey? Do you have any recommendations?