But it’s hard for old people to restrain themselves because we have so many good books to recommend and some of us will tell you that all 32 Beethoven Sonatas are worth a hundred listenings each, and we’re right, but it’s too much to put on you. If you try to conform to such recommendations you’ll never have time to reproduce.
So here’s my attempt at a list, with warnings & caveats & qualifications, but also with confidence that if you took these resources to a desert island you’d have a rich treasure of knowledge and wisdom in storytelling and picture-making. I’d throw Beethoven recommendations into the mix but it’s not appropriate to this site, so if you care to know more, ask. Otherwise, these pages will keep you busy during your fertile years.