10 Books Challenge
Intrigued by the Facebook trend of posting the top 10 books that have influenced you as they come to your mind, I decided to do it. These are in chronological order.
1. The Little Princess— I learned that being a princess is about how you treat people, not how much you are esteemed by others.
2. The American Girl series— taught me that there are girls who grew up in every era of history who were just like me. It made history a subject that was relatable, human, and therefore interesting to me for the rest of my life.
3. Where the Red Fern Grows— first book to make me cry
4. The Clique Books— I turned to these to help me understand mean girls and what makes mean girls popular.
5. The Giver, 1984, and Brave New World— these all get one category, because they taught me about the importance of ethics and human dignity and morals by showing me the opposite. They greatly influenced me to become pro-life because I saw the similarities between our current society and the dystopias created to scare our imaginations.
6. Go Ask Alice— helped me to understand why my friends were turning to drugs and buying into party culture even though it would never make them happy.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower— Charlie related so strongly to my experience of being embraced in a community of quirky friends that loved me, and being awestruck by that, while struggling with family issues.
8. Jane Eyre— showed me that you don’t have to be beautiful to be a woman. You can still be plain and a protagonist, and do things according to your heart, and never be subject to the whims of others despite your past.
9. The Bible— learning about the Bible in Scriptures class revolutionized the way I attend Mass and believe in God. It opened my mind to a world where the Catholic Church was legitimate and made sense and held wisdom and philosophy worth pursuing.
10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society— My best high school friend lent me this book. She was the first real friend that I exchanged books with, and it strengthened our bond with an awesome new layer of book-sharing and idea-sharing. It also made me fall in love with writing letters, letters as a literary genre, and with the mystery of the island of Guernsey.