So last night on Facebook, Bridget tagged me in a post and I had to list 10 books off the top of my head that have stuck with me since I read them.
Here are our lists!
1. The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull by John Bellairs: I discovered this book in my elementary school’s tiny library and instantly fell in love with it.
2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: If you don’t like Harry Potter, that’s fine. I get that. But, you’re wrong and I hate you. (i don’t really hate you. i just don’t understand your rationale)
3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: Not a lot happens in the story, honestly. But Holden Caulfield has just stuck with me ever since.
4. Holes by Louis Sachar: Every now and then, I think of Holes and am reminded of how FREAKING AWESOME it is!
5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: The only book I ever enjoyed being forced to read in middle school.
6. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert: The subject matter in this book is pretty heavy. But the emotion is so raw, and if you like punk rock music, you possibly would like this book.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Like Holden Caulfield, Charlie is just one of those characters that has really stuck with me.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I HATED Gatsby when I read it in high school. Totally despised it. But I gave it another chance and re-read it in college. The writing is beautiful and I love the symbolism, even though the characters are unlikeable (I mean, they’re supposed to be).
9. Paper Towns by John Green: I like all of John Green’s novels but Paper Towns really has my heart. It’s quite humorous, and doesn’t make me feel like I want to die (I’m looking at you, The Fault in Our Stars… AND Looking for Alaska, while we’re at it!) Also, the message that you SHOULD get out of it in the end is pretty important in regards to the dangers of falling in love with the IDEA of a person rather than the ACTUAL person.
10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: Possibly the longest book I have ever read in my life. I really wanted to challenge myself when I decided to read this. I wanted to read something I typically wouldn’t willingly choose to read. I do not regret my decision.
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: (really the whole series). This book was the one that really started reading for me. Before then I had been struggling with reading. One of my teachers read this book and I wanted to know what happened. She told me where the next book was and I became unstoppable. C.S. Lewis literally showed me how to open doors into different worlds.
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: I have made some of the best friends I could ever ask for with these books. I will be a Harry Potter fan “until the very end”
3. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan: A snarky dyslexic kid who ends up being a Demigod? Of course I love these books.
4. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice: I adore these vampires. I am unashamed of it and cannot wait for the new book!
5. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
6. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: I don’t even have words for how much I adore and will continue to adore this book. So powerful.
7. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: This book blew my mind when I first read it as a kid.
8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcot: I have read the other two books as well. I adore the March sisters!
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Good lord the feels with this book.
10. The Lord of the Rings series: Confession time. I didn’t like The Hobbit when I first read it in high school. *ducks* I picked up The Lord of the Rings when I saw they were making movies and was hooked. I will admit they can be a little dry and yes the Professor is a little wordy but I adore these books. Now, knowing more about the Professor and all the nerdy loveliness that he poured into this world I adore them even more.
What ten books would be on your list of most influential books in your life?
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