10 Books I Have Enjoyed in 2012 – My Book Reviews Included
I’m having better luck this time reading the literary classics, and I’m really enjoying the ones I have read. The funny thing is they are transforming me in a way that I never expected. When I wrote my book Tales of People Who Get It, I indicated that Key to Yourself by Venice Bloodworth, New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz and The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz profoundly impacted me. Five years later, my response would be very different. This shows me that I growing and evolving as a person, and I’m delighted that I’m not standing still.
Recently, I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for the very first time, and I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. I related so well to the character Jo March that it was uncanny. And I started to question some of the life choices I have made. A friend suggested that I read Wide Sargasso Sea, which is actually the prequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. At the end of the book, my heart was heavy, and I felt this big hole inside of me. I remember thinking, “Such wasted lives.” Because of my response to Wide Sargasso Sea I have included it on my list of 10 books.
While reading Watership Down by Richard Adams, I felt it was a demonstration of true leadership and team building. When we respond that way to books, the authors have done their job. Here are a few of the books I have enjoyed in 2012, some of which have transformed my life.
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- Watership Down: A Novel, Richard Adams
- The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Review)
- The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (Review)
- The Whip, Karen Kondazian (Review)
- The Railway Children, E. Nesbit (Review)
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (Review)
- Pygmalion (Enriched Classics Series), George Bernard Shaw (Review)
- The War of the Worlds (Dover Thrift Editions), H G Wells (Review)
- Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
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