My Favorite Books

Written by   (author of Obvious Conclusions)

Often, a person’s personal library says a lot about them.

I have no idea what mine says about me, but I’d thought I’d share with you some of my favorite books. These are the books that I usually have near the nightstand and am apt to pick up and read time and time again.

Also, as I am traveling now and had to part with many possessions, this list will be helpful to me as I will be re-buying all of these books upon my return.

Without further ado, here she is!

A List of My Favorite Books

The Alchemist

I have included references to The Alchemist in several of my posts. In the post Contacting Paulo Coelho, I had the joy of hearing from Paulo Coelho himself. The Alchemist is a must read for all those who want to pursue their dreams.

Montaigne: The Essays

In a university philosophy class , I was exposed to Michel Montainge essays. He wrote these essays some 400 years ago. Their timeless nature amazes me. For many situations in today’s world, there is a quote from these works that is applicable. Continued…

Jitterbug Perfume

This may be one of my favorite books of all time. Tom Robbins combines profound and playful in perfect proportion. Also, he teaches you how to live forever. Two of the remedies are: lots of sex and lots of baths. Two things I love! Continued…

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

It annoys me that this book is on my list. The title itself is manipulative. We as a society are known to respond when given a numbered list (ooops, I should retitle this post from My 10 Favorite Books to My Favorite Books!) Continued…

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This is an outstanding book and a horrific movie, unless you like depressing European movies with little dialogue that slowly plod along. If so, make sure you also see 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. Continued…

Magical Thinking: Augusten Burrroughs

The first Augusten Burroughs book that I read was Running With Scissors. This was more of a novel and I enjoyed it. However, after this book, all of his other books have been filled with short stories about his life. I have enjoyed all of them but my favorite is Magical Thinking. Continued…

The Century

When the change of the century occurred, many books came out chronicling the 20th century. One of the most popular was Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation. My parents have this book on their shelves and I’m sure enjoy reading the stories of selflessness and patriotism that embodied America back then. I too have read many of these stories and enjoyed them immensely. Continued…

The Fountainhead

You will not often find me endorsing books of an overly serious nature but this book, and Atlas Shrugged, for some reason, defy my usually aversion to topics of seriousness and self-absorption. Continued…

The Best Poems of the English Language

I always have a book of poetry by my bed. Ok, yes, that me seem completely a prop, a ruse.

But, I swear, it’s not. Continued…

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer.

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