Book Challenge

I’m swiping this from one of my favorite non-library blogs, Creating Passionate Users. You can see the original challenge here. My challenge is a little simpler. I don’t want to know your reasons, unless you want to share. And you can list more than one book. Here we go…

What is the one book you wish everyone would read? It doesn’t have to be your favorite book, but a book that made some sort of impact on you and the way you live your life, or do your work, or treat your kids, etc. And you can modify the request any way you want.

My choices? For right now in this very moment of my career, it would be Sustaining Innovation by Paul Light. For my personal life, I would select Peace Like a River by Leif Enger for its themes of renewal, forgiveness and miracles.

So what are your choices?

8 thoughts on “Book Challenge”

  1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee is a book I read in my teens, and have re-read several times. I would love to be a parent like Atticus.


  2. The book I would recommend all high school students, or those interested in American history, read is “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown (a librarian, by the way). This is an eloquent and eye-opening account that was painful to read – but necessary to.


  3. Oh, I agree with Speak. My daughter is 11, and I’m thinking of giving it to her soon. I had my 14 year old son read it, too, and he told me that it gave him a whole new perspective on girls.

    James, after reading your entry, I’m going to go find a copy of Markings. Thank you!


  4. My mother’s college copy of Dag Hammarskjold’s MARKINGS. It was a collection of writings he left to be published posthumously. It’s the single most inspirational book I’ve ever read, and drives everything I do.

    I found it when I was ten. It’s almost never been out of my posession since, and when I travel, so does that book.

    It’s also my gift to every High School Grad in my family – so I tend to buy copies whenever I find them.


  5. It is sooo 1970’s, but Richard Bach’s Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah because it really contains some great wisdom and makes you think.


  6. I think that Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson should be read by every single 9th grader and their parents.


  7. I’d have to go for Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi for business/networking and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand for personal/worldview. Oh, and The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease for everyone who knows kids.


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