The Books That Have Shaped Me Into The Reader I Am Today.

My Top 10 Most Influential Books
Every so often in life you come across one of those special books, a book that has a revolutionary effect leaving you permanently marked for the better. One that resonates with you, forces you to challenge your own thinking or opens up a new world you were unaware existed. I am sure every reader has come across at least one of these books, whether it was the first they ever picked up, or a story that was there for them exactly when they needed it. As an enthusiastic bookworm and student, I like to think every book I pick up has influenced me in some way, however, there are certainly some that have had a bigger effect than others!

I was super excited when I saw Leah from The Perks of Being a Bookworm had chosen me to complete the ten influential books tag. What a great idea for a list! It has taken me a shamefully long time to get round to, but I spoke to Leah about it and she promised not to transfigure me into a pocket watch, so I should be okay. A couple of weeks later Artsandyouthlove kindly tagged me as well. I believe the idea originated on Youtube and that the general aim was to list ten books that had influenced you for a variety of reasons but to not spend too long explaining why. Since I am completely incapable of keeping my rambling to a minimum not prone following the rules (watch out, we have a rebel in our midst) I am going to explain in a bit more detail why these books were influential, I think it will be more interesting that way too! This list will no doubt continue to change the more I read and it’s highly likely I may have forgotten to put something important on here, but for now this is my list of the ten books that have influenced most in no particular order!

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1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
Does this one even need explaining? It’s HARRY FREAKIN’ POTTER.
Who could forget that first moment when they met the little boy in the cupboard under the stairs? And then how that little boys life was magically transformed when an overlarge hairy man came to his rescue and whisked him off to a world of magic at Hogwarts? This book was so vital to me in my younger years. It taught me about true friendship, the power of love, how to stand up to bullies and go after what you believed in. Most importantly, it developed my thirst for adventure and all things fantastical. I was obsessed. My friends were obsessed. The whole world was obsessed, and for good reason!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the beginning of a whole new age. *Cues Imagine Dragons music.*

2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. | My Review.
Eragon was an influential book for me because it bred my thirst for dragons. While I had encountered plenty in movies Eragon was the first time I came across dragons as a prominent part of a book, and I LOVED it. While this series gets a lot of criticism (which is to an extent deserved) it remains one of my favourites. I still remember how grown up I felt because I had chosen to read such a ‘difficult’ and ‘long’ novel.

3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. | My Review.
I had always had a hate and distain for grammar and writing books, I didn’t like the idea of professionals with ideas of grandiosity shoving writing rules and ideas down my throat, but when I picked up On Writing all of that changed. In my original review I described King’s approach as ‘humble, yet strict and authoritative’, a style which to me was very effective. King writes with such vigour and enthusiasm. It left me buzzing and desperate to write, I had never felt so energised and inspired! Not to mention, by making his ideas accessible and not chastising or looking down on those who have little grammar knowledge *pointing the finger at yours truly here* he completely transformed my approach to learning about the written word. He made me want to learn the grammar rules rather than causing me shrink away from the idea feeling scolded and embarrassed (which many others had caused me to do in the past).

4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. | My Review.
I know a lot of people are going to cringe at this one, but I can’t deny the huge impact Twilight had on me as a reader. It was my first full on fangirl experience, the first book I read in the paranormal romance genre which spurred me on to read numerous others. Most importantly, it played a huge part in keeping up my enthusiasm as a reader. Sometimes I wonder if I hadn’t discovered and loved this series in my teens whether my love of books would have trailed off. I think the teenage years are when you begin to cement who you are going to be as an adult, especially your interests. Twilight taught me that I was going to be a bookworm.

5. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
How could I not put this devastating story on here? This book contains real diary entries from a young girl in hiding from the Nazis. I first came across this novel in my latter years at primary school, a teacher read us a condensed children’s version of Anne tragic tale. I had never heard of her before so I was completely shocked and horrified at the ending when the diary just stopped because Anne was torn away from safety and put in a concentration camp. The story stuck with me and I bought the proper version a few years later. While the day to day information given on food rations and family bickering were a bit tedious, they only intensified the impact of the final pages. Anne Frank was just like any other young girl, and that’s what was truly horrifying. It brought home to me the ‘human factor’ of WW2, something which can be easily forgotten when pouring over dates in a textbook.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneEragon_book_coverOn Writing A Memoir of the CraftTwilight by Stephenie MeyerThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

6. Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. | My Review.
It is difficult for me to say exactly how this book influenced me, but there is no way I could have left it out. Picture Me Gone is still my favourite read of 2014 so far, I was blown away by it. It didn’t influence me in a specific area of my life like some of the other books listed above, instead it influenced my way of thinking. Whist reading it I was forced to look at the world from a variety of different perspectives I hadn’t considered before which were vastly different to mine!

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. | My Review.
Okay, so I have already poured out my heart and soul talking about the numerous reasons I love this book in a previous post, so I won’t bore you with too many details. Wuthering Heights was influential to me because it was the first classic novel I ever read. It opened my eyes to unchartered territories, it made me realise that classics didn’t have to be boring people sitting around having fancy conversations about nothing in particular. I learned that classics could be wild, dark and psychotic. That they could even contain supernatural elements which I was unaware of at the time. This book grabbed my heart, battered and bruised it and then tossed it back again. Whoa, what a ride.

8. Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan. | My Review.
Book of Shadows was the first in a thirteen book series. Teen me felt absolutely in love with Morgan’s tale in which she discovered she had an affinity for using magic. I adored this series for many reasons, but it was most influential for me because it caused me to become utterly obsessed with the religion Wicca. I found it – and still do, a fascinating topic to research and learn about. Many people of course associate it with Satan and dancing under the stars naked (oh worldwide media, you give it such a good name) but it’s really about celebrating nature, spreading positivity and treating others as you would like to be treated (or karma will get you in the form of the threefold law). For a while after I spent ages looking up and writing down the meaning of runes, investigating spells etc., I had a lot of fun investigating!

9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. | My Review.
I loved the entire Hunger Games Trilogy, but it was Mockingjay that influenced me the most, causing me to brood over it even months after I had finished it. I know a lot of people were unhappy about how this series ended and the author’s choices. It left me feeling sad and hollow, but in the best way possible. It caused me to completely reanalyze my previous ideas on war, how it changes people, the ambiguous notions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, what happens to the casualties of war after the fighting is over. This book opened my eyes to a lot of things I had never thought about before as a younger reader, not to mention it had a gripping story and a brilliant heroine at the core of it!

10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. | My Review.
My childhood education scarred me for what I thought would be lifetime against anything Charles Dickens related. I hated Oliver Twist with a passion, the film, the book, all of its characters. I was forced to study it so many times that I swore I would never read anything by Dickens again. Then last summer on a whim I picked up Great Expectations and discovered that I adored it in every single way! This book was influential to me not only because it changed my opinion of Dickens, but also because it taught me that sometimes it’s important to give an author a second chance.

Picture Me Gone by Meg RosoffWuthering Heights by Emily BronteBook of Shadows by Cate TiernanMockingjay by Suzanne Collins.Great Expectations

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So that’s it! My top ten influential books from a mixture of genres. I hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about some of the books that have come to define me as a reader. Now I just have one question: Which books have influenced you the most? 🙂

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60 thoughts on “The Books That Have Shaped Me Into The Reader I Am Today.

  1. Good choices!
    I actually enjoyed Twilight too – well, until Belle threw all in with the Collins, then I thought it lost something. She was an interesting character invention – independent without being strident.

  2. Your introduction made me smile – I’ve been tagged on this too, and I decided to post in two halves as I always end up writing too much (I posted the first half today by coincidence!) I agree, it’s more interesting that way, definitely nothing to do with the fact that I can’t shut up 😉

    Your experience with Charles Dickens is something I could learn from – maybe I should give DH Lawrence another chance….

    • Ohh yay, I’m so glad! I quite liked it myself so I was hoping someone would pick up on it. 😉
      Ohh awesome, in that case I will pop over to your blog to see your answers. I think this is such an interesting tag and I enjoy snooping at everybody’s answers! Maybe I will find a few books to add to my never-ending tbr pile!
      Haha, I feel ya.

      Oooh, sounds like a great idea, good luck. 🙂

  3. Nice diverse list.
    I’d probably have a bunch of sci-fi – Arthur C Clarke, Ray Bradbury (The Illustrated Man is one of the greatest collections of short stories EVER), Harry Harrison, and of course, Isaac Asimov.

    Oh, and throw in hitchhikers Guide for good measure.

    • Ta muchly!
      Sci-fi is always good. Oooh The Illustrated Man sounds awesome. I have Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and I’m really looking forward to reading it. 🙂

      I’ve heard so much about the Hitchhikers Guide, I need to check that out.

      • Fahrenheit 451 is brilliant, especially read in the context of today’s everybody wins, politically correct world.
        (I just reread it recently.)

        Bradbury’s story in The Illustrated Man, The Rocket, is one of the more beautiful stories I’ve been privileged to read.

        Enjoy!

      • Ohh good, I’m so glad you think so! I must admit I’m really excited to read it. I bought this old battered copy for 99p and it’s all discoloured at the edges and smells really funny, almost as if it could have been burnt. I read the first six pages or so and loved it, so I’m hoping I’ll manage to fit it in this summer.
        If I enjoy it I’ll make sure to check out The Illustrated Man, thanks for the tip. 🙂

  4. It’s really cool to see the books that influenced your reading journey, at least 4 books on your list did the same for me as well! I especially love that you have a dragon influence. 🙂
    Also, awesome picture with the lighting and the book markers!

    • Thanks Niki, I’m so happy to see the amount of books we have in common! Although I have to ask, which ones are they? 🙂
      Ohh yes, I do love my dragons, that’s one of the reasons I was excited to find your blog! Was there one book that made you fall for dragons or is it an interest that has always been there?
      Awwh thank you, I love that picture too.

  5. Great list, Becky. I’m not cringing at Twilight. It’s been a couple of years since I last read it, so when I pick it up again I may not be so enthused, but as of right now, it’s in my top ten books too.

    • Thank you, Emma. 🙂 I’m so glad that you’re a fellow Twilight fan who is not afraid to admit it! It’s been a long time since I’ve read them too, I doubt I will return to them for quite some time, maybe one day!

  6. Interesting list, especially the Anne Frank one. I was actually going to chastise you for calling it a novel until I read the rest of the sentence. It’s the only book that has come close to making me cry.

    It was you talking about your experiences with Dickens that prompted me to try out one of his books and I also found myself pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable his work can be.

    I couldn’t necessarily name all of the books that shaped me, but I know what seemed to take me to the next level at various points.

    When I was about 9 I somehow discovered the Famous Five and Secret Seven books and ploughed through them like nobody’s business.
    A few years later I found the Dragonlance fantasy series of books (there’s hundreds of them now) that felt incredibly grown up due to how long some of the stories were.
    After that I started reading Stephen King when I was about 15 (Pet Semetary was the first) and pretty much didn’t stop.
    Then when I was edging into my late twenties I decided to try out some non-fiction, starting off with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer (which is quite possibly the biggest book in the universe and makes Game of Thrones look like a comic) and have been a smug faux intellectual ever since.

    • Thanks, Michael. Yeah, the version they read us in class was more like a novelised version, although I struggle to remember much about it now. The ending definitely left me feeling hollow and numb, it’s tough to contemplate something so horrible.

      I’m glad you enjoyed your Dickens experience, I was super chuffed that you decided to pick up one of his books after my review! If only all his books weren’t so long.

      You have a great list yourself. I’ve come across a lot of people that hold a special place in their heart for Enid Blyton, I wish I had read some of his work when I was younger. Ooh Dragonlance, that sounds like great fun! I still need to get on the Stephen King bandwagon, On Writing is the only book of his I’ve read. I think it’s great that you read so much non-fiction these days, you must be full of lots of interesting facts by now. I’d quite like to try some more non-fiction, maybe after the degree is done and dusted! Game of Thrones a comic book, whoa.

  7. I like that you included Twilight, because although a lot of readers are very critical of it now, there’s no denying that when it came out it had a HUGE impact on the YA genre (I remember how I was completely enthralled by it in middle school and it exposed me to the whole new genre of YA paranormal romance!) While it’s not the best series written ever (and really, what is?) I think the books were really creative and I loved the character’s historical back stories. It was an important shift in the last decade for YA lit and I love that you’re honest about it’s impact on you!

    • Thank you, I’m glad you approve. 🙂 I agree, it had a massive impact on YA across the board. It catapulted the genre into the limelight and got people talking about it. It’s an important book, whether you love it or hate it! Not to mention it was so accessible for younger readers and made them passionate about reading, almost similar to Harry Potter.
      I agree, I like that Meyer came up with her own vampire and werewolf mythology (ever if there was cringy sparkle-age involved) instead of copying what ever other book was doing.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  8. Harry Potter is definitely what cinched reading as an obsession for me as a kid. After the Philosopher’s Stone, I was never really without a book.
    I agree with you about Twilight. I was such a Twihard in high school. Even though I’ll never read the series again, it was a pretty fun time to be a reader during the Twilight saga.
    Wuthering Heights was incredible! It was the first classic I actually liked. I’d read a few before, but Wuthering Heights was fantastic. I wish Emily’s sister didn’t burn her second manuscript….
    But Great Expectations, I hated. I couldn’t get past was an ungrateful, selfish little shit Pip was. It’s a testament to Dickins’ characterisation that I hated him so much though. Only a truly well-rounded character can inspire such disgust in a reader 🙂

    • I think Harry Potter will always have a powerful effect on people, I’m so sure that it will spread past the ‘Harry Potter generation’ and I can see many parents sharing their enthusiasm for it with their own children. They are a special set of books. 🙂
      I was a Twihard too! (Although I despise the name, lol). I completely agree, it was great to be a reader when the Twilight buzz was in motion. I had endless fun reading and talking about those books.
      So glad you felt the Wuthering Heights love too! That book will forever hold a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to get to Jane Eyre, I’ve wanted to read it ever since and somehow it has eluded me. Agreed, I wish Emily had written more books!
      I totally understand your Pip anger, he was awful to the people who had always been kindest to him. I wanted to kick him. Dickens knows how to create truly lovable and despicable characters.

      • If I ever have kids, I will be dusting off my paperbacks and encouraging them to read them!
        If my hypothetical kids don’t like fantasy, we may not have that much to talk about haha. Harry Potter is timeless. Even though, there are some references in there that may be lost on future generations. I think Nintendo will be a hardly uttered word at that point.

        Yeah, “Twihard” is such a horrible word. “Potterhead” isn’t much better though, in all honesty. We used to talk about Breaking Dawn theories right up until the release date. It WAS fun.

        Have you seen those YA retelling of classic novels? There’s a Wuthering Heights one! I so want it. I think it’s just called “Heights”. It sounds incredible. I should really read Jane Eyre. I keep hearing awesome things about it 🙂

        One of the new Shadowhunter trilogies, The Last Hours, is based on Great Expectations. And if James Herondale, who I think is based a little on Pip, turns his back on Will I may throw a fit.

      • Me too! Although I don’t know what I would do if they decided they didn’t like Harry Potter. Weep and cry maybe? 😛
        I have an endless addiction to fantasy. I can read a great contemporary novel but afterwards I will be left yearning for dragons or magical powers. Ha, that’s true! How funny will that be? I still find it odd that some young children don’t know what a video is!

        Twihard sounds kind of dirty actually, I think it’s an uncomfortable name to give a bunch of fangirling teenagers, LOL.

        I have seen that there have been a lot of classic retellings lately, I remember a spell where authors were transforming them into erotica! I don’t think I’ve heard of Heights though, I just typed it into Amazon and nothing came up. Do you know who the author is? I’m curious! Must investigate. 🙂 I’ve seen so many adaptations of Jane Eyre and loved them all, therefore I’m a little scared that the book couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations. :S

        Ha! Ohh dear, good luck. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. 🙂

  9. What a fabulous blog post!! It was so interesting to find that many of the books on your list are favourites of mine and the Wicca series because of your wonderful recommendation :). As for Anne Frank’s diary, I would definitely say it has had a huge influence on me since I was a young child, and one of the greatest experiences of my life was visiting her house in Amsterdam. I will never forget it, and I bought a gorgeous hardcover boxed edition of her diary while I was there that is one of my most treasured books!

    • Thank you, Cindy, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it! Wow, that’s great, we both know nothing sparks a great friendship more than having books in common. 🙂 I’m so happy you loved the Wicca series as much as I did, I don’t feel like those books get enough credit so I’m always excited when I see someone enjoying them.
      You visited Anne house in Amsterdam? That’s amazing, and I bet it was so emotional too. I know I would be an emotional mess! I actually didn’t realise people were able to visit it until I read TFiOS, so now I’m really interested in going there. That boxed edition sounds amazing. 😀

      • Oh yes, it was emotional all right. I cried a few times while there, especially when I saw the marks on the wall where her mother used to measure their height every year. As a mom it broke my heart. If you can make it happen, you should definitely try to visit. It’s something you will never forget!

  10. wonderful list! that is a tough question, something I will ponder and perhaps post about at some point as well. I have to agree about Twilight, definite influencer, as was HP – of course! 🙂 hmmm. You have me thinking and wandering down memory lane. Such fun!

    • Thank you! It is a tough question, it took a lot of thought for me to come up with the answers and even now I feel like there are so many more books I could add. I would love to see your answers so I think posting about it would be a great idea. 🙂

      It’s great fun to look back at old reads!

  11. Wow, that’s quite a list! How many oceans you’ve sailed, young one. 🙂

    Yay for Stephen King…even made a non-writer want to write!

    Glad you found room for some 19th century classics in there, despite your hatred of Oliver Twist. I’d drop Anne Frank in there as a classic as well…she sits with my Dickens on my bookshelf at home, anyway. And a note to Mr Cargill: I *always* cry at the end.

    I’m inspired to go and make my own list now!

    • Hahaa, thanks. 🙂 It took a long time to compile, it wasn’t easy!

      It’s weird, when I was younger I was definitely more or a writer than a reader, but now I’m more of a reader than I am a writer!

      Ohh yes, I had to drop a few in to make me look cultured of course. 😉 Just kidding, they are on there for a reason. I kind of view Anne’s Diary as a classic too, funnily enough she sits right next to Dickens on my shelf as well. Maybe they’re kindred souls.

      Awesome, do it!

    • Thanks, Jenny. 🙂 Definitely, go for it! It tonnes of fun to reflect on old reads. I purposely didn’t tag anyone because I couldn’t choose between all my bookish friends, it was too difficult! So I thought I would leave it open to anyone who wanted to do it. Just make sure to link back to me, Leah, or somebody on Youtube that has taken part in the challenge (I’m not entirely sure who the original creator was).

  12. Love, love LOVE everything about this post. Love the way you’ve written it and I love your choices! A really good mixture. There’s a few that I haven’t read but your enthusiasm is infectious so I will make the effort to give them a go (not hugely convinced by Twilight but I can’t judge until I’ve read it!) I don’t think I’ve ever read Anne Frank’s diary all the way through. Eek. I know, I’m shit! That will be a priority.

    Very clever idea for a post and if I could think of 10 books I might create my own list :/

    • Ta muchly, Charl! You are too kind. I’m surprised by how balanced it turned out actually. Fiction, non-fiction, classics, children’s literature. Yay for infectious enthusiasm! I’m still desperate to see what you think of Wuthering Heights. Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t bother with Twilight, it was an ‘of its time’ kind of thing and with the amount of criticism it’s got I think it would be tough to go in with an open mind.
      An unfinished book? *Gasp!* How could you? Kidding, it’s quite a difficult book to get through actually. I lent it to a few friends and they found the relaying of every day details a struggle to get through, but it’s kind of one of those books that I think everyone should have to read. 🙂

      Mmmm, it’s a bit close to one of those ‘favourite’ questions isn’t it? 😉

  13. Becks, I know you so well, I had already predicted what some of the books on your list would be before reading it! LOL. (Although I am surprised that LOTR wasn’t there)???
    I’m pretty sure you’d figure out mine as well so I’m not going to bore you but I will mention a book I read recently in spite of the ridicule I might get. It’s David Icke’s Biggest Secret. He’s the world’s leading conspiracy theorist and even though everybody thinks he’s a complete loony, he was right about a few things and he really got me thinking(and slightly suspicious) about how the world and politics works. Although I’m not sold on his theory about world leaders being reptilians in disguise. That’s pushing it slightly for me… 😛

    • No way. That’s funny. 🙂 Well, you have been here at the blog pretty much since the beginning so it shows me you’ve definitely been paying attention, LOL.
      Ah, yes, Lord of the Rings. I did consider it but really it was the films that influenced me more because I saw them first. And if I’m totally honest I prefer the films to the books for several reasons but shh, don’t tell anybody! I adore The Hobbit though.
      Hmmm, I think I could think of a few. 🙂
      Oooh that’s interesting because I’ve never heard of that book. *Googles.* Sounds like he’s made a big sweeping statement, I would be interested to see him defend it! A book that makes you think, no matter how out there can surely only be a good book. Hahaa, seriously? That’s hilarious.

      • I also prefer the LOTR films(and don’t worry I won’t tell). 😉

        You’d be surprised at how many people believe in that Reptilian theory. I remember I first heard of it through a CSI episode. Icke has written about 15 books where he defends his theories but not all his evidence is convincing. However he was one of the few who called Jimmy Saville out for being a paedophile about 15 years ago…but nobody believed him back then. So it does make me wonder what else he’s right about. 😛

  14. Great list! I love that Harry Potter is at the top. From that list I will add The Book of Shadows to my TBR pile. I love that title. Yea, I judge books by their titles. Shameful, I know. :$

    • Thank you, Zezee. 🙂 Of course, I think Harry Potter had to be at the top, it is THE book after all. Yay, I’m so excited to hear your adding Book of Shadows to your list! I love those books so much. Also, if you go on Amazon I think you can get the first 3 or 4 books in the series bundled into one if that helps. Enjoy!

      Book titles influence me too. 🙂

  15. Oh, I’ve only read two of those! Harry Potter would be my top book as well; not only did it shape me as a reader and make me realise that there are more book genres than I was aware of, but it also encouraged me to pick up writing again.

    I tried reading Twilight. Stopped midway. I couldn’t stomach it. ._.

    • Oooh, better get on it then, Zen. 😉 Harry Potter is the best. It’s such an influential book for many people for so many different readers. I love how it brings so many people together. That’s awesome that it made you aware of more genres out there!

      Haha, I think a lot of people had that problem!

  16. Why have I only just seen this list? I am a useless blogging friend. I knew Stephen King’s Writing book was going to be on there as soon as I read the title, just because I remembered you going crazy for it in your review! But a wicked selection of books and I’m weirdly glad to see Twilight on there. Like you, I got sucked into the initial craze when I was younger and I think they also reminded me of the joys of reading as a teenager. Which, considering we’re both writing book blogs now, says something! So as much as it now annoys me, I guess I owe Stephanie Meyer for something…
    I’m also surprised to see no Trudi Canavan on here. I know how much you loves her! How come? Anyway a lovely list! I would do one myself, but I’m struggling to think of five books, nevermind ten!

    • Hahaa, not useless at all! Just very busy succeeding at life judging by your new blog post. 😉
      I did go a bit crazy for it in my review and I still stand by it, On Writing is an mesmerizing book and so inspiring as well. I would love to reread it at some point when I have the time.
      I’m glad that you’re glad to see Twilight on the list, lol. I think it played an important role in a lot of people’s reading journeys, even if they don’t want to admit it! I agree, when I was younger it did remind me of how much I loved reading and I will be forever grateful for that.

      Aha, I’m not surprised! I did think about putting some Canavan on the list but I’m not sure it influenced me in a specific way like these other books did. Sure, it increased my love of fantasy but so did many other books. Even though I love her work there were other novels I felt fitted this topic better. If I could put all the books I’ve read on this list though, I would have! They’ve all influenced me in some way. 🙂

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    • Thanks, I’m glad you agree, Georgia. 🙂 Those are two awesome books!

      Definitely get your hands on Stephen King’s On Writing if you can, especially if you love writing and learning more about it. It’s such an inspiring book.

  18. I totally agree with you when it comes to Harry Potter and Twilight. I love Harry Potter and know I will still love it in 50 years time. I had an obsession with Twilight aged 11 and 12, but after discovering much better books, I wonder what I was thinking. Twilight definitely helped me on my journey into YA books.

    • Oh definitely, I will love and cherish Harry Potter forever, and I hope if I ever have children I will be able to convert them too, LOL. I completely agree with you about Twilight! I loved it at the time but as I read more books and became more knowledgeable as a reader it didn’t stand the test of time. I’m glad it had a positive influence on your YA journey too. 🙂

  19. I still have a 2 hour spoken word abridgement of Wuthering Heights on cassette tape which must be about 30 years old. I enjoyed the recording so much that I read the book which now stands, in 4 braille volumes on my shelves. I will check out King’s book on writing as I have heard many good things about it including your recommendation.

    • Wow, that sounds amazing! A spoken word version of Wuthering Heights, and it’s great that because you recorded it you’ll be able to return to it again and again. Wuthering heights is a truly amazing story. 🙂
      Yes, definitely get your hands on On Writing if you can, it’s informative but entertaining as well!

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