Like Jana says (haha get it?!) it's hard not to get intimidated sometimes by other peoples favourites or recommendations. I look at some people's lists of their favourites, or books they want to read.. and I can barely understand or get into the synopsis, let alone the book itself. It makes me feel uneducated or uncultured. I feel silly or offended when my favourites aren't on their lists. What's wrong with that I like, I say? What's wrong with me that I don't like the same books, or that I didn't understand them? But like I've said before, you have to do you, you have to like what you like and screw everyone else. Aint nobody got time for doing anything they don't like, whether it's reading or exercise.
I don't want, or expect anyone to like every single thing that I do, so I can't expect myself to like every thing that other people like - which would be every thing in the whole world, and well... I'm not gonna live long enough to read all the books, go all the places, watch all the movies. That being said - I never turn my nose down at someone elses favourites or recommendations, because how else are you supposed to find your new favourites? Every book I read opens my eyes in some ways, whether it's a new love or the realisation that some people shouldn't write books.
Anyway. Today I wanted to share the 10 books that have changed my life. Maybe they'll change yours.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
You might skim past this one because you already know I love it. I've rambled on about it so much. But I love it because it taught me so much. It's ok to have opinions, but you need to learn to accept when you're wrong. There are crappy people in this world, you don't have to go along with them. Stay true to yourself, love the people you love, love what you love. Looks can be decieving, everyone has a story. Don't judge a book by it's cover. I can read the same book every month for the rest of my life and find something new to love every time.
Cleo by Helen Brown
The cat lovers version of Marley and Me perhaps? This book touched my heart in so many ways and it's one that I think about often.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
This book took my breath away and crushed my heart.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If I could recommend any book to any person every single day of my life, it's this one. I know, not even P&P has that claim. This book.. I think about it so very often, I read it maybe once a year.. I can't handle more often than that. So good.
Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone by J K Rowling
Yes, because I read the Philospher's Stone, not the Sorcer's. Just kidding, kind of. Anyway. I love all the Harry Potters, of course, but this book changed me because I am just amazed at the world that has been created and how many people just love this series. That kind of love makes me happy and these books hold so many memories for me. I love it more now than I did when I read the first few in high school.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Before P&P there was this. The first time I really, truly, loved a book. It broke my heart, I cried so much, I laughed and loved these fictional characters more than anyone I knew in real life. I still love it, but not as much, but I'll always remember the first time I read it.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of my favourite stories of all time. I love the movie too.
Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
Talk about heart wrenching. This book has stuck with me since I read it so many years ago.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
This book made me start to think that maybe being a little (or a lot) different was not such a bad thing. And just because someone is related to you by blood does not make them family, and sometimes those who aren't related are your family.
The books that started this love affair that is the longest relationship I have ever had.
Books are the only thing I have always loved and that have always loved me, no matter what. Thanks BSC.
Needless to say, my mum and KC are exempt from all these wild exclamations of love and whatnot. I would give up books for them, but they know and love me too much
Don't forget to link up with Tracy and Alyssa on the 30th (next Tuesday!) for the last Training for Tuesday of the year!
Has a book ever changed your life? Do share.