I love this challenge! I'm looking at everyone's list and picking and choosing what I want to read. It's great when you see a book that you love and someone has it on their list. Here's my list:
Blindness by Jose Saramago
It took me three tries before I was able to sit down and read this. Blindness is about the world going blind from a mysterious illness and how people choose to live with it. It is about more then just going blind and living with it. It's about politics, family, life, problems... Jose Saramago is one of the living masters of writing. It is such a good book.
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers though I only read her non-fiction. Traveling Mercies tells of the spiritual path Lamott went on to become the person she is now. Funny, brutally honest, very enjoyable.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. An epic that includes everything in it: Adam and Eve, free will, Cain and Abel, love, life, death, hope, joy...
So Many books, so little time by Sara Nelson. Sara Nelson is one of my heroes. He book was suppose to be about a selected pick of books that she had planned on reading for a year, but turned into so much more. So many books... is about her personal reading habits, her life, how reading affects her mood, and the joy she gets like every bookworm from reading. A great read. But if you just want a book about good books and nothing else, don't pick this book up. Just get Booklust by Nancy Pearl instead.
Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. I picked this book up by chance about seven years ago in my local library and fell in love. I can't really explain it. Just the language of the book is lyrical and the passion and love that Rabbi Dosick has for his religion and way of life is inspiring and rubs off while he explains so many aspects of Judaism.