10 Best Books I've Read Since I Turned 22
(I didn't do "most influential" because that has a different connotation, but books that have truly stuck with me, that I still think back on occasionally, still recommend, and wish I could reread for the first time. I'm not including any books I edited or acquired.) In no particular order:
- Making History by Stephen Fry
- The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
- Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Helen Prejean
- And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
- The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
- The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
- Poachers by Tom Franklin
- Straight Man by Richard Russo
- The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
Okay, all but the last one of these I read in my 20s. Why is it so hard to find books that resonate like these did, these days? Is it where my mind is now? Is it that I have already read a lot of great classics (and modern classics) and so now have to settle for second-tier books? I do find it interesting that half of what I read is nonfiction, but only two of these books are. Why do I love reading nonfiction if so few of them make much of an impact on me?
Darn it. Okay, should I make a third list of books I loved in my 30s?