But today, following the #booksthatchangedmyworld hashtag, we've had our favorite early Twitter experience yet. And oh the wonders and horrors to be found there. If you are on Twitter, I highly recommend spending a few minutes *coug* hours *cough* gazing in stupified wonder. For the tweetless, here is a sampling of the books that have, apparently, changed the world of at least some tweeps:
- Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey ("I re-read it at least twice a year")
- The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad (generously tweeted by the book's author, the cad.)
- A Yaqui Way of Life ("It totally reinforced by belief in Native American shamanism and sorcery!")
- Sony Ericsson T300 User's Guide
- 1984 & Harry Potter. Tied. (I'm inexplicably fascinated by this. Damn you 140 character limit. Damn you.)
- the B.I.B.L.E. (about some sort of evangelical android, we assume)
- Crazy number of Judy Blume mentions. No one sticking up for Beverly Cleary? No one?
- Every book by Iceberg Slim ("ESPECIALLY PIMP!!!")
- The Austism Book (ok, tearing up now, gotta wrap this up)
- And the two hands-down, runaway leaders: The Bible and Twilight. (Green Eggs and Ham and Pride and Prejudice seem to be fighting it out for third).
I should say also that there many, many really wonderful books being mentioned as well. But listing To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse-5, and Catcher in the Rye isn't quite as interesting.
Oh and in case you're wondering, here was our meager tweet: @readingapeIn biographical order: East of Eden, The Iliad, As I Lay Dying, Mrs. Dalloway, The Professor's House, Gilead #booksthatchangedmyworld