I’ve seen lots of people on facebook/youtube/twitter talking about 10 books that changed their lives/made them think/impacted/whatever. I thought it was pretty interesting and I love learning about people’s faves. I wouldn’t say all of these are particularly life changing, but they are books that have, in some way, meant something to me.
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – My love for the March sisters runs deep.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I truly believe that every person in America should read this book. And then reread.
3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne Shirley is one of the most lovable characters ever written.
4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (edited by Otto Frank) – Another Anne I can’t help but love.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steve Chbosky – I know this one is controversial and deals with heavy subjects but it is truly a great read.
6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Perhaps this could be the more grown up version of Where the Wild Things Are. Magically sad.
7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – Despite being written in a diary format, Speak felt much more “adult” than all of the other books I was reading in middle school.
8. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I started reading the series when I was in 8th grade and only the first 3 had been published. I was 22 when the 7th installment was published. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I grew up with the characters.
9. Love Story by Erich Segal – I found a tattered, yellowed copy of this book in a closet in my parents hallway. While I figured it would be a sweet story, I wasn’t expecting how beautifully tragic it would be.
10. Anthem by Ayn Rand – Ray loaned me this book long before we were married or even dating. It was the first book of it’s kind I had ever read and I still love it to this day.
I originally made a list of about 20 books, but chose to keep this blog post focused on fiction, with the exception of The Diary of Anne Frank. I might write another post focusing on non-fiction. What are 10 books that have impacted your life?