What are you reading?

Nick Nigro wants to know what you are reading now, and what are the top two books you’d recommend to others.

Nick Nigro of Davis College discusses popular and influential books at a meeting of the Boomers Resource Network. Photo by David Yonke

Nick Nigro of Davis College discusses popular and influential books at a meeting of the Boomers Resource Network. Photo by David Yonke

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Boomers Resource Network, Nigro — the careers services director at Davis College — reviewed a list of the most influential books and also some readers’ favorites.

Topping the 2015 Smart Choice Ratings’ list of most influential books was “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, a novel set in pre-colonial Nigeria. Second on the list was “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

Nigro also led a discussion of an AARP Magazine survey listing baby boomers’ Top 10 books:

1. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

2. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

3. Roots by Alex Haley

4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

7. Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

9. The Joy of Sex by Dr. Alex Comfort

and 10. The World According to Garp by John Irving.

Citing his personal favorites, Nigro offered his own Top 10 book recommendations:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. Celebrate the Sun by James Kavanaugh

3. Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

5. Fully Alive by Ken Davis

6. The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker

7. Unconditional Love by John Powell

8. The Tree that Survived the Winter by Mary Fahy

9. Wilfrid Gordon McDondald Partridge by Mem Fox

and 10. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.

 

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