Guest Blog: On the Relative Worthlessness of Book Lists

I’m relatively nonplussed about ‘books you must read’ and other lists of that sort. I like to know what one must read in order to keep up with the Joneses, but the fact that many of the books are repeated gets, well, repetitious. It’s understandable, of course, that the lists are similar, and the books may stand the test of time, but I can’t help feeling there is so much more to a reading life. ………

The First Book

What was your first book? Not the one you literally read first (hello, Peter and Jane) but the one that first lead you to love books, to love reading. Any regular readers will know my love of reading came late, in my early 20s, and I can roughly pin-point my obsession beginning with The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – I remember reading that and wanting to rip through my meagre collection of books to ………

Poetry: Expect Nothing by Alice Walker

Expect Nothing by Alice Walker Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress unmoved and cold Make of it a parka For your soul. Discover the reason why So tiny ………