My Reading Life By Bob Carr is written by a past Premier of New South Wales and tells the story of, as the title points out, his life of reading. The books that have moved him, the books he goes back to again and again, the books that have taught him and the books he wants others to know about.
This book is the third book I have completed for the Non Fiction Five Challenge.
I read this book over the course of a few weeks - just dipping in here and there, one of the things I enjoyed about it. It would not need to be read cover to cover and it is definitely a book I will go back to for hints on future reading choices.
I must admit that some of the books (particularly the historical and political epics) are books that I would view as being "way over my head" but I rejoiced when I read that the author had read (and enjoyed) some books as much as me, e.g. "Suite Francaise" By Irene Nemirovsky which I fell in love with when I read it last year.
I have also picked up a few books to add to my "to read" list such as "If This Is A Man" By Primo Levi and some of Shakespeare's dramas.
The author has pointed out his obvious biases in producing this book (he is a white, middle class man) but I think given the title he has a right to record and reflect on the books that mean something to him. I think it should be an inspiration to us to record our own reading lives.