This summer the Big-Eyed Boy, whom I ordinarily spend my days homeschooling, will be attending summer day camp where he’ll get to socialize with other kids his age, go on some remarkable field trips and basically have a blast. That means I’m going to have the entire day to myself, all day long, every day for the first time in eight long years.
I’d thought at first to use that time doing projects around the house: de-cluttering closets, painting a few rooms, shampooing carpets, maybe even replacing the tile in our kitchen. Then I realized I have the Venomous Hubby for those things and, well, I’d probably resent spending the entire summer doing basically the same things I do throughout the rest of the year.
Of course, I still plan on doing some productive work — I have a few clients I’m designing websites for and plan to finish writing that novel of mine finally. But I also plan to spend some guilt-free time every day reading, and not that standard summertime fluff stuff, either. I want to broaden my mind and my self-education.
So, Venomites, what books are on your list of books a well-read, learned person should read at least once in their lifetime? Are there any books — besides the Bible, which I read daily already — that have so profoundly influenced your mind and personality that you wouldn’t have been the same person had you not read them?
Share in the comments, and feel free to explain how the book affected you. I’ll use your suggestions to put together a Sumer Must-Read List for the Well-Read Venomite on June 1.