08 January 2012

What Are Your "Must Haves"?

  I am a huge lover of lists.  HUGE.  It stands to reason that I am quite happy to pair my passion for lists with my fondness of books; I can always be counted on to stop and read a book list of any kind.  Yesterday I stumbled upon this fun collection shared over at the Huff Post Books site - Twelve Books You NEED On Your Shelf. We own a few of them (Malcom Gladwell's The Tipping Point, several copies of The Holy Bible, and The Elements of Style by Strunk & White) and my husband has read even more of them (I'm considering adding a few to my long to-be-read list as well).  Here's what Huff Post Books said about the reason these books made their list:
...the Essential Bookshelf Conversation Starters, those spines that add a touch of class to a room, or might provoke a fascinating conversation...Don't get us wrong - these recommendations are also fascinating reading in their own right. But if you're going to buy hard covers with at least one eye on the opinions of visiting friends and relatives, these are our choices of the titles you really should have on display.
Intriguing idea, isn't it?  I decided to take a look at our overflowing shelves, and see which books are on our "must-have" list.  Which ones do we have that start the best conversations when we have family and friends over?  I of course enlisted my husband for this, too.  We automatically ruled out anything that was already on the list shared by the Huff Post Books site.  After much discussion, here's (a very short list) what we own that are always fun topics in our house:

Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle Series)
Anything by Bill Bryson or David Sedaris

What about at your house?  What are some of your go-to conversation starters?  I'd love to hear your thoughts (so I can add to my shelves!) - feel free to leave me a comment below!

**this post was also published on the From Left to Write blog

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