Just the other day, one of our patrons came into the library with a huge list of books. This is not unusual, and he was searching for a few titles from this list, most of which we had in our library. We often see people with lists of books they want to read, many getting ideas from the Sunday books section, from radio program suggestions or from magazines. This gentleman, however, had a list of books that his favourite author had listed as books that had influenced his writing.
This is actually something that many authors do, giving their readers and insight into what authors they regularly read or what books made them become the authors they are today. One of my favourite authors is Stephen King, and a few years back when he released his book “On Writing”, he included a very large list of books and authors that inspired him. Knowing the type of books that King writes, you might be surprised at the vast selection he recommended. I know that I worked my way through that list, purely from curiosity, and came up with several “new” authors that are now some of my favourite regular reads.
There is a great website that has actually compiled lists of books found on the bookshelves of famous dead people. The website itself is called LibraryThing and the lists include people from a wide variety of lifestyles, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marie Antoinette and many more, including lists in progress for Charles Darwin and Benjamin Franklin. If you click on this link, you’ll be taken directly to the lists completed and in process:
Just doing a quick search of the internet, I came across several blogs and personal websites that are geared towards what books are on their bedside tables, as that is usually where we keep our books to read. You might want to read through some of these lists for some new ideas, or just out of curiosity. It is almost like being a fly on the wall in someone’s house! How fun!