I found it incredibly difficult to keep this list down to a reasonable number of books. Many of these titles are quite old, as one of the ways I know a book is important to me is that I find myself thinking about it months and even years after I read it. Beautiful language matters to me. I've included lots of fiction, but also some poetry, non-fiction, young adult and kids titles. My fondness for historical fiction and Canadian authors is apparent, especially among the fiction and poetry titles. I reserve the right to update this list depending on my current mood.