Books to Live by
Concerning 'books to live by': since we are several centuries on from the times of Dante's Divine Comedy, we have a rather larger selection of books to choose from.
There are a thousand worthy books no doubt. The only thing that is magical about this particular selection is my sustained delight in them. I personally use them as restorative/enhancement to well-being; smile, sigh, soothe, release, uplift. For me, my touchstone books range from pure whimsy to pragmatic to manifest vision.
Be aware that if these don't light you up personally, they do not serve that purpose for you and therefore, you would not count them among your own. The object is to identify what does this for you and have them to-hand.
First to offer full transparency. books featured here, besides being beloved in my personal 'books to live by' collection, link back to Bookshop Santa Cruz, to which I am proudly Affiliated.
Bookshop Santa Cruz is a phenomenon in our City of 30 years standing.. falling.., and standing again; it weathered the 1989 Earthquake (that leveled Santa Cruz downtown including Bookshop), and it weathered in close proximity, the rise and fall of corporate giant, Borders.
Bookshop has hunker-down cushy armchairs where you are welcome to curl up and read a book..., cover to cover if you so please, nobody would stop you. Bookshop has succeeded in re-inventing itself several times over, to remain a vibrant, delightful hub in our hometown.