Let’s pretend for a minute there are two ways to respond to a book you’ve read.
A book can make you turn inward—to reflect, contemplate, mull over. For me, this looks like Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, or Marilynne Robinson.
Or a book can make you turn outward—to run to all your reading friends, saying, Have you read this? Because I need to talk about it NOW! These books beg to be talked about. For me, that looks like the books on this list.
(Of course, some books manage to do both. And other books provoke completely different reactions: some make you yawn, some books practically compel you to hurl them across the room. But we’ll save those topics for another day.)
What books have left you running to your reading friends, saying, Have you you read this? Tell us all about them in comments.
What would you add to the list? Share your favorite discussion-worthy titles in comments!