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 thoughts on “My Life in Books

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 =)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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