Top 10 Most Influential Books of My Early Life

Have you ever read a book that has stuck with you? Granted all books stick with us in some way shape or form, but I am talking about books that have turned you on to  new author. Or books that have sparked a passion for a new culture, a new way of life, books that are THE reason you enjoy something or read a certain type of book. Below is MY list of books that have done just that for me and a super brief explanation of why I included them.

In no particular order here they are:

1. The American Girl: Addy Series by Connie Porter

-Honestly this was one of the first book series that I read that had someone who looked like me. Let me be the millionth person to say that representation matters!

2. The American Girl: Molly Series by Valerie Tripp

– Molly’s story is probably one of the reasons I enjoy learning about WWI and WWII. Also, Molly had glasses so when I was freaking out about getting glasses I was reading about an amazing young girl with glasses!

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book #3) by J.K. Rowling

– The Harry Potter Series as a whole was the first time I was interested in a new book! I was in third grade when the first book came out and in 9th grade when the last one came out. The third book was my favorite of the series. Harry Potter was the first series I got to follow and it took me awhile to find another series I thoroughly enjoyed!

4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

– I love learning about the middle east and Islam in part because of this author. I think I felt compelled to include this particular novel because it was told from a women’s perspectives.

5. Night by Eli Wiesel

–  Now this book is what started my compassion for marginalized groups of people.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

– I just really enjoyed how Harper Lee was able to humanize each of the characters she wrote about!

7. The Chosen by Chaim Potok

-I got to see the play after reading this in 8th grade and I loved learning about the contrasting sects of Judaism!

8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

-This might’ve been the first book to break my heart! I loved the characters and though I had to read it in the 7th grade for ELA class and I appreciated it then, re-reading it as a college student really showed me how much I enjoyed the book.

9. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

– I was one of THE only students to enjoy reading this our sophomore year of high school. I actually enjoyed this book so much that I read ahead and was genuinely sad when I came to the end! It is on my list of books to re-read!

10. A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi

-This book confirmed my love of historical fiction! And, later when I read the play, The Crucible, I thought about this book! I love texts that allow me to make connections.

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