But I digress. And when I say "I digress," I digress.
The real reason you have to read the book is that it contains over fifty short essays written by interesting individuals, some of them moderately well known, about books they have read that especially influenced or entertained them. Writers like Jack Canfield, Stephen Covey, Bernie Siegel. Books like A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, The Brothers Karamazov, The Human Comedy. Even Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf -- read and commented on by a Holocaust survivor.
And the real reason I'm writing a post called "You've Got To Read This Book" is not because I really think that you've got to read a book entitled You've Got To Read This Book. Or even the books that they think you've got to read.
I want to invite you to think about a book that you have enjoyed -- and tell the rest of us something about that book in the comments section. What interested you, and why?
Just a couple of days ago I proposed this to a very small group of old friends. One of them suggested Death in the Long Grass, by Peter Capstick. Another one recommended The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. Neither of which I have read. Both of which, I plan to.
The best books I have read, I stumbled across; or they were suggested to me by friends. Certainly not because I was following any kind of "reading program," though I'm a fan of Great Books.
Me? I'm thinking about Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance -- a great book that I never would have read if it hadn't been recommended to me by a good friend. Thanks, Steve.
Feel free to add your bit in the comments section below. Suggest a title. Talk about it. Or just comment on other peoples' suggestions. Don't wait for my review of Zen and the Art to appear before you introduce yours. It was twenty five years, no joke, from the time that Steve recommended it, until the time that I bought the book at a used book sale, so don't be surprised if my comment is delayed a bit.
So, whether you're coming to this post in the first five minutes after it appears, or the next five weeks, or after five years (will this blog be here?), dive in. See you in the comments section.