Books to Save from a Burning Building

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A student recently made the mistake of asking me for a reading list comprised of the most important books I’ve read.  Joke’s on me, I guess, as I thought it would be easy.  The list kept growing the more and more I thought about it!  After winnowing down the numbers, here are the books I’d have to save in case of a fire.  I hope my house never burns down!

If you know me personally, you can probably guess why certain books appear here and why they’re categorized a certain way. If you’re interested in the reasoning behind each, just ask.

Anyway, were is the list, categorized and in no particular order.  Love some of these books or want to add some?  Let us know in the comments!

Fiction

The Iliad – Homer
The Odyssey – Homer
The Lord of the Rings trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lightning Thief series – Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – Douglass Adams
The Dark Tower series – Stephen King
His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass) series – Phillip Pullman
Close Range – Annie Proux
The Plague – Albert Camus
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac – Gabrielle Zevin
Ender’s Game series – Orson Scott Card
Interpreter of Maladies – Jumpa Lahiri
The Namesake – Jumpa Lahiri
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Saffron Foer
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
1984 – George Orwell
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

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Not Really a Book Review of The Icarus Deception

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I am an unabashed Seth Godin fan. His main audience may be businesspeople, but the topics he writes about are universally valuable: how to fail with purpose, how to tell a good story, and, how to be indispensible.

His latest book, The Icarus Deception, heralds the end of the Industrial Era and its secure, well paid jobs, and it convinces us that the only way to ensure your professional success and personal fulfillment is to find and do work you deem worthwhile–in other words, to make art.

Here’s where I depart from a mere book review. After finishing the book and viewing Godin’s Sqidoo bibliography page, I came to a realization:

I have been blogging to promote my art, but I haven’t intended for my blog to be my art.

I’ll be taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog as I sort things out. Instead of being an advice column with some fiction and essays attached to it, I’d like to make Good Circuits a place to publish thought-provoking work of all types.

As the past iterarions of this blog may reflect, I’m going through growing plains as a writer. Should I write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, how to, self help, martial arts, stick strictly to marketing?

The truth is, I want to create all of that and more and to connect with all of you. And I’d like to welcome all of you to create and connect, too.

I’d love for you to share this experience with me. We are all artists, so let’s get together and make some art! Let’s make the most of our time online.

Let’s not waste the marvelous opportunity that Information Age presents. There’s more to the Internet than shopping and memes and cat videos. There is nothing standing in our way.