My List of Betterment – a work in progress

My List of Betterment

… the act of reading might be simple but … it is also one of the most important things in all this human world.

Source: The Simple Act of Reading: Edited by Debra Adelaide

My List of Betterment is inspired by Andy Miller’s book, The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life.  It is my quest to find and nominate ten books of fiction and ten books of non-fiction that I believe have enhanced my perspective of the world, along with my compassion for the people within it; books that have given me a better understanding of myself.

It is possible, by reading stories about the lives and worlds of others, the reader can become more accepting of the differences between people, their personalities, their cultures, and their goals, because books introduce the reader to an enormous number of characters, placed in all sorts of predicaments, leading to fascinating consequences and outcomes. The reader of a book, can live within lives, and see with perspectives, that could never be experienced in several lifetimes, enhancing their perception and compassion.  It’s magical!

My List of Betterment will change over time; there will be room for ten books of fiction and ten books of non-fiction.  Periodically, some books will be replaced by others.  My List of Betterment is a work-in-progress.  I’m seeking to identify the best of the best, a personal choice.

I will nominate the books that made a difference to my outlook on life, and over time I will return and update the page with in-depth explanations of why each particular book made a difference.

Please note: Artuccino has an affiliation with several book sellers.  The majority of book links on this website will take you to

List of Betterment – Fiction (updated 24th June 2015)

List of Betterment – Classics (updated 28th April 2018)

List of Betterment – Non-Fiction (updated 24th June 2015)

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by Diane Challenor 2015

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