Hiya! I figured I would do something a little different today and talk about my favorites…errr….I mean most influential reads in my life as it stands now. I think that it is very interesting to see what books people have truly loved and have influenced and grown their love of reading. I wanted to share my list and I would love for you to share yours in the comments below! These are ranked in no particular order. Without further blabbering on by me, here we go…
1.) Heidi by Johanna Spyri :One of the first full books I can remember reading all by myself growing up was Heidi. I really enjoyed the story and once I finished reading, I felt so accomplished and it really made me want to read something else.
2.) The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: I don’t think that I can truly put into words what this series has meant to me. I grew up with it and it plays a huge role all throughout my life. It taught me so many lessons and really allowed my imagination to grow as a reader. I followed Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna and Ginny through all of my developmental years and found myself to be close enough in years to the characters while I was reading that it added to the reading experience (when I was reading through Order of the Phoenix I was totally going through the same angsty teenage phase as HP, still my favorite book out of the series too!)
3.) The Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola: I think that the Ladies Paradise was my first real foray in Adult Novels and I am so grateful that my mom gave it to me to read. I think that this was probably one of the best introduction to adult fiction that I could have ever read. It is a little more mature in both writing and themes than I had dealt with before and I don’t think a better book could have been picked for me at the time. It is a book that I cherish and truly love. In fact, I am a little over due for a re read!
The next two on my list are recent reads and they have influenced a lot of my more current reading. I am enamored with both and they are also ranked on my all time favorites (as well as auto buy authors).
4.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Another book (series in fact) that I don’t think I have the words to truly convey the meaning. I have become wrapped up into this whole world and it has really opened up a whole new reading experience for me. I also found Clare to be such a strong confident in her own self character that thought balanced the logical and illogical very well. She really spoke to me as a character (woman to woman if ya know what I mean) and I admire her as a character.
5.) All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness: I felt very compelled to add this trilogy to my list for a little bit of a different reason. This recent read has reignited a spark in reading that I can’t really explain. I really fell in love with Diana and the story that it (along with Outlander) ignited a spark that I didn’t really realize I had lost. I fell more in love with the series in the second book as they traveled back to Elizabethan England, which is one of my favorite times in history.
That is my list of my most influential reads! What are some of your most influential reads?