For me, one of my most important senses is my sense of wonder. I try to cultivate it as an approach to life, and often reading helps me do this.
Which writers or books can you think of that celebrate a sense of wonder?
A few that come to mind:
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
Boy’s Life, Robert McCammon
Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot lecture
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
Charles de Lint
I think I’d put Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything in that category.
The Phantom Tollbooth. The legendary children’s novel about broadening your intellectual horizons.
Prospero’s Children. Fantasy story about a modern-day English girl who gets transported to Atlantis. One of the all-time greats.
The High House. It will make you wonder what’s lurking in your basements and in your attic.
Oh good, I have all of those. I read Phantom Tollbooth in the 60’s when I was just a wee bairn, but I appreciate the nudge to read the others.
I confess, although I have A Short History, I seem to put it low on my priority list.
Some other authors I thought of:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Barbara Kingsolver’s later works