On YouTube today – books that have stayed with me, years later!

Hi Everyone,

I’m over on YouTube today talking about five books that have stayed with me, for one reason or another, years later! I bet you have your own list of books like this.

I hope you’ll stop by!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

41 thoughts on “On YouTube today – books that have stayed with me, years later!

  1. Classic suggestions! Some that I have re-read from time to time are John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids (and others of his); Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (also her other novels) and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (I tend to re-read others of hers, too). I haven’t read her sequel to that novel yet, but will when I have the time. Cheers.

      1. Great, Barbara. I just subscribed your channel. 🙂 Do you still keep the books on the shelf behind you? I’ve been simplifying my house and gave a lot of books away. 🙂

      2. Hi Miriam – thank you very much for subscribing to my YouTube channel. I appreciate it! Also, you’re going to laugh when you read this, but those books behind me are fake! It’s a wall tapestry of a bookshelf! In my real world, I only own one shelf of physical books. I use the library a lot and have many on my Kindle. Thanks for the visit. Hope you are doing well!

      3. Oh, Barbara, I would have believed you if you said those books were real. I still have several friends who have a wall to wall personal library. I’m down to books I would read again or use as reference like my nutrition text book. I read on Kindle, research on internet. So I don’t need too many physical books.

  2. A great selection of books. My list would include The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz, Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Fall on Your Knees by Anne MacDonald and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The Diviners by Margaret Laurence. The list could go on of course but those came to mind immediately.

    1. Hi Darlene, those are excellent choices. I’ve only read one book by Dostoevsky – The Idiot and I thought it was very good. I also enjoyed The Blind Assassin. Thank you for visiting and for watching!

  3. A fascinating collection, Barbara. All in most excellent condition. Some of them make me think the Dickens’s I am ploughing through are not so long after all. I much appreciated your dropping Atlas – thanks for leaving it in 🙂 You may know that I leave markers in my books, too. In years to come someone will be intrigued to find your notes.

    1. Hi Derrick – I’m glad you liked my choice of books. Books aren’t very long these days. I think that’s because people want to rush through them. There’s something about the experience of reading a very long book that has been forgotten. Thanks for watching the video – I’m glad you liked the flying book!

  4. Great shirt and great suggestions of books. We’re getting ready to move in a few weeks and I just started packing up my books, which makes me want to read through some of them again.

    1. Great choices, Ally Bean. I’ve only read Jane Eyre out of these. That one always stays with me because I read it when my son was reading it in 9th grade. I remember talking a lot about Mr. Rochester. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for watching!

  5. Barbara, I always enjoy your videos. Great book recommendations here—spouse recently read Atlas Shrugged and liked it, but I’m intimidated by its length.
    I’m crazy about your T-shirt!! Can I order it online? 🙂

    1. Hi Jennifer – thanks so much for watching my videos – it means a lot to me. Atlas Shrugged was very long, but I thought the plot was excellent. Ask your husband who John Galt is! If you’re intimidated by the length, try The Fountainhead by Rand. It’s still pretty long, but also excellent. And as for the t-shirt, I got it on Amazon. I think I searched “reading graphic t-shirts” or something like that. More of those to come 😉 Hope you’re having a nice day!

      1. I couldn’t find yours. And when I asked Paul about what you said of John Galt, a grin spread across his face and he chuckled. Of course he had to explain. 😂

  6. You are quite a character, Barbara! You get points in my book for not re-recording when you dropped the book, which made it even more memorable. Crazy cute tee-shirt!

    1. Hi Marian – thank you so much for saying so – I considered taking it out, but all my YouTube advisers tell me that this is the kind of thing that makes videos authentic. And thanks for the compliment on my t-shirt. More of those to come! 🙂

  7. This was so much fun to watch. I’m surprised at some of the bucks you pick and I like the way you explained why you pick me up. For some reason or other I also loved Atlas Shrugged. I read it first right after college and then maybe 20 years later and liked it just as much although I understood the philosophy she was trying to get across better the second time I read it. I read young blood hawk about two years ago because you had recommended it on your blog and fell absolutely in love with it. But you’re right, I’d never think of it as a beach read! 😉

    1. Hi Pam – how are you? Thanks for such a thoughtful comment. I know Ayn Rand’s philosophy is/was a controversial topic, but I thought the book was a masterpiece in the way it was constructed, even though it was heavy on the philosophy. I also loved The Fountainhead, mabye even more than Atlas Shrugged. Mostly I’m glad I read them because they come up now and then. Thanks for watching my video, too – I’m having fun with my YouTube channel!

      1. I’m inspired by your YouTubing… not sure I’ll ever get brave enough to do it, but you show how well it can be done. I believe they made The Fountainhead into a movie series a few years back (or was it Atlas Shrugged?) I read both; the movie was not good, as to be expected. ;-(

      2. I’d heard that the movie version of Atlas Shrugged was terrible. I don’t remember, but I may have watched some of it…As for YouTube, it was hard in the beginning to see myself talking and see what I really look like in action (old!), but I think/hope if you smile enough, people aren’t looking at the imperfections!

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