I have a library of books I have read which I have uploaded on Facebook via Goodreads app. I could not count the times that I blogged about books and reading and occasionally post bits of book reviews all these years. I used to update my books at shelfari.com, an online library where I personally met my reading buddies through a book club. Since our well-loved books were destroyed by typhoon Ondoy back in 2009, I got lazy updating the site and forgot those thousands of book titles that I’ve uploaded there. Lately though, while I was updating my journal I found a printed copy of all my books there. Yes, back then, you can easily print a list of books you have in your shelves. I even have a wish list printed too. I have marked those I have finally found while browsing at Booksale and getting copies of those hard to find titles which a generous friend brought home.
A friend got curious and asked me what my favorite books are so I am reposting this list of old-time favorites. They are just twenty titles, some of which I have reread over the years. I bet if you are a reader, you have some of these in your shelves too.
1. Markings – Dag Hammarskjold
2. Seasons in the Sun – Rod McKuen
3. All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten – Robert Fulghum
4. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery
5. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
6. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
7. Letting Go – Morrie Schwartz
8. The Heart of Loving – Eugene Kennedy
9. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
11. Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am – John Powell
12. Simple Moments – Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
13. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
14. I Like You Just Because – Albert Nimeth, OFM
15. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
16. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
17. Embraced By the Light – Betty J. Eadie
18. It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It – Robert Fulghum
19. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
20. Grow Something Besides Old – Laurie Beth Jones.
A few minutes ago, I saw a picture of Viktor E. Frankl on Brain Pickings. He was the author of that riveting and profound book called Man’s Search For Meaning. He was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. I read it twice, once when I was in college and again when the kids were growing up. It’s about his personal experience as a concentration camp inmate during the Holocaust. I marked it as five-stars on Goodreads. Maybe, reading that somehow shaped my views on history because until now, I am still reading fiction and-non fiction books on WW II. Finding the Diary of Anne Frank cemented it though. I read Schindler’s List a few years ago, followed by another favorite entitled The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I collected books by Leon Uris too and most of them were all about Poland and WWII.
I remember copying lots of quotes from Frankl’s book and seeing him featured today on Brain Pickings made me search for my three notebooks on quotations. Weird? Maybe to some but I chronicled all those inspiring words religiously.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
And the following line is my favorite.
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in his spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance.”
I probably might not have answered the “why”. Suffice to say, I love visiting places and knowing how it is to live on the other side through books.
Today is Resurrection Sunday. May you all be blessed.
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