The list author says: "I've been an avid reader since I was about 5 years old. I remember crying on my first day of kindergarten when I discovered other children could read and I could not. Certain books I've read have stuck with me throughout my life. I have never forgotten them and, mentally reference them quite often. Others, struck a chord with me in such a way that I couldn't forget them, even if I wanted to. They are all here.
PS. If someone told me I had 5 min. to pick few books. And, for the rest of my life, I could read no others, I would choose the Tolkien books."
"I came upon this book when I was 42 years old. I wish I had read it when I was 14. I'm not sure if the author intended it, but, reading this book triggers a kind of introspection I have never known before."