My Life in Books

For those of you who are not following Kaizen Journaling on Facebook (you really should, for cool extra stuff that doesn’t make it to the blog), I recently posted several photos of my journals. 

But one of them, is about this entry: My Life in Books. It’s a TV show on BBC 2, presented by Anne Robinson. She invites couple of celebrity guests who love reading, and asks them for five books which are important to them. Inspired by the show, I decided to do my own entry in my journal. (You can see a full size picture on Facebook)

If you can’t read it clearly, here are the books:

1. Childhood Favourite – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

2. Teenage Years – Persuasion by Jane Austen

3. Early Twenties – Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

4. Late Twenties – Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

5. Late Twenties – A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf

At the end of the show, they ask the person what they think their list of books says about them. I haven’t journaled about that part yet, but I would like to ask you. Reading at the list above, what is the impression you get? What do you think it says about me?


Of course above question is not your action. That’s just for you to share your opinions and feed my curiosity :-). Your action is to do an entry for yourself. What would be the books for YOUR LIFE IN BOOKS? If you do the entry, feel free to send me an image by email and I may share some of them here, or if you post it anywhere, leave the link in the comments below. 


Image Copyright – Dolly Garland

15 Responses to “My Life in Books”

  1. Jane Robinson - Art Epicurean September 14, 2012 at 13:40 # Reply

    I think your list shows a bright, intelligent and diverse young woman. I had read a couple of these and I am now curious about the others. I would really have to think about my own list since I tend to think my latest read is the best. However I really have enjoyed the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.

    • Dolly Garland September 16, 2012 at 15:43 # Reply


      Thank you. When you have your list, I would love to know what’s on it :-)

  2. Coach Comeback September 14, 2012 at 16:22 # Reply

    Mine would be:

    Childhood Favorite: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume

    Teenage years: MAD Magazine

    Early Twenties: Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

    Late Twenties: The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss

    Early Thirties: Infinite Possibilities – Mike Dooley

    Honorable Mentions:

    Silva Mind System – Jose Silva
    Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire – Deepak Chopra
    You Can Heal Your life – Louise L. Hay
    Creative Visualizations – Shakti Gawain
    Ask and it is Given – Ester, Jerry and Abraham Hicks
    The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

    and many others. I found I have read more probably in the last 2 years than I have my entire life!

    When I read I find it almost euphoric! For a brief moment, you get to view the world from the view of someone you inspire.

    • Dolly Garland September 16, 2012 at 15:58 # Reply

      Thanks for sharing your list :-) I have only read Tim Ferriss’ book and Rich Dad Poor Dad from this list. None of the others. But I completely agree about euphoria of reading.

  3. Kaylee September 14, 2012 at 22:20 # Reply

    Gotta be honest, Dolly, I haven’t read any of those! So I’m not sure what they say about you. But on a different note – I love your journal-writing style! It’s so colorful =)

    • Dolly Garland September 16, 2012 at 15:58 # Reply


      Thanks. Most of the time it’s black and blue, but now and again colours do seep in.

  4. Amit Amin September 16, 2012 at 14:22 # Reply

    I haven’t read any of those books. So all it tells me about you… is that you are different from me :)

    • Dolly Garland September 16, 2012 at 15:59 # Reply

      LOL, Amit :-) That’s an excellent comment.

  5. Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD September 17, 2012 at 05:15 # Reply

    Dolly, I have not read all the books on your list. But interestingly, several of the books on your list are also favorites of my 29-year-old daughter! She, too, loved Persuasion by Jane Austen as a teenager. So if you are anything like her, you must be awesome!

    • Dolly Garland September 20, 2012 at 00:40 # Reply


      Thank you :-) That’s a compliment indeed.

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