My 21st birthday was last week, and a couple of weeks ago I saw Emily from Blue Eyed Bilbo post on Instagram 21 books for her 21 years. I totally stole the idea, so here’s 21 books that I have loved, or believe have impacted me during my 21 years.
1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
When I think of my favourite childhood books, this one if the first to come to mind. I loved Anne’s imagination and bright personality, I loved her friendship with Diana and her relationship with Gilbert. Over the last few years, I have acquired most of the Anne series and someday, I’ll have read them all.
2. The Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton
Among my favourite childhood books is the many works of Enid Blyton. I chose The Magic Faraway Tree series to be part of this list because I think I have beautiful illustrated editions of The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree. For that reason, I have probably read them more often than my other Blyton faves.
3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
How can I not include this series? I’m not even going to explain!
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I read this book in high school. Whenever I think about books that have had an impression on me, this is the first one that comes to mind. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
As I mentioned in another blog post, this book made me think about destiny and about what is meant to be.
6. Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Millicent Margaret Amanda, or Milly Molly Mandy for short, is the sweetest girl. I’ve talked about this on Better Words, my family used to read me Milly Molly Mandy stories before I was old enough to read myself.
7. P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
I’m pretty sure this was the first Cecelia Ahern book I read, and she is one of my favourite authors. I pretty much buy any book I see with her name on the cover, I’m so glad to have so many wonderful books of hers to read!
8. Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele
I love Lea Michele, so I’ve included her book Brunette Ambition on this list. I loved Glee and I love both her albums. We all have people that we admire, Lea is definitely on my list.
9. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
This book was a little hard to read, a lot of information to take in. But when I read this book, it was about the time I began to learn more about feminism, sexism, equality etc. I feel pretty strongly about some of these topics and this book was a big part of that.
10. My Life As A Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams
I haven’t stopped raving about this book all year! Now one of my favourite LoveOzYA books and I really enjoyed reading it, reminded me of high school friendship group. (Read my review here)
11. The Babysitters Club series by Ann Martin
These books were so great. I wanted to be like Kirsty, Mary-Ann, Claudia, Stacy and Dawn. These girls teach us all about friendship and girl power!
12. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Another girl power book, The Hunger Games got me back into reading in high school. I stopped rereading Harry Potter and learned to love other books.
13. The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
I read The Intern in my first year at uni, knowing I’d have to do my own internship. I really related to Josie and this was one of the first books I saw so much of myself in.
14. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
I’ve said it before, I think the main reason this book had an impact on me is that I read it at the right time.
15. Boy by Roald Dahl
One of the first memoirs/biographies that I read, because I loved Roald Dahl. I thought learning more about his life would be interesting and it got me hooked. I love reading about people that I admire or find interesting.
16. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Reading gave Matilda magical powers because she was so intelligent. #goals.
17. The Circle by Dave Eggers
The power of social media can be scary, which I talked about in my review of this book. The Circle made me think about social media, the internet and this crazy time we’re living in a lot. Compared to what happens in this book and what the world is like, it doesn’t seem that far away.
18. Because of You by Pip Harry
Beautiful, beautiful book. I think part of the reason this book had an impact on me is that I had the chance to talk to Pip Harry on Better Words while/right after I read it. Because of You tells such an important story, one that has stayed with me since. (You can also read my review here)
19. Wonder by R.J Palacio
Similarly to Because of You, Wonder tells such a special story. Auggie made such an impression on me, that I was very concerned when I found out about the movie adaptation. Thank god it was as good as the book.
20. Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern
I had to include more Cecelia Ahern on this list, because like I said before, I buy any book with her name on the cover! However, Love, Rosie is on this list because it’s one of the few occasions where I prefer the movie to the book. I need to write a full blog post about this!
21. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
In some ways, I think Fangirl got me back into reading. I know I said that for The Hunger Games already, but Fangirl was different. I read it while in my first year at uni, just like Cath, and it’s this great YA story about a girl who’s into fandoms. How could I not love it?
Well there you have it. What books have impacted your life? Which books do you feel have helped shape you?