I’m a self confessed book nerd. I read every day and I read anything. It felt like Christmas when I found Kindle Unlimited!
Here are 5 books that changed my life!
The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – Ok, not technically one book but it’s my list and I’ll do what I want! I think most of us know the Potter story at this stage and many of us fell in love with it through JK’s books. She created such a vibrant, magical world full of complex characters and creatures that I couldn’t help but want to be part of it. I was totally enthralled with this series and I’m so grateful that my mam would go with me to order first editions and queue for every release. What really stayed with me from this series were the lessons about love, loss, friendship and hope.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I first read this as a teenager when I was really struggling with depression and anxiety. A dear friend, at the time, had read it and thought I would appreciate it so she loaned it to me and I’m so grateful that she did. This book struck a chord right away. I could relate to Charlie in so many ways and as a result felt a little less alone during a time where that couldn’t have been more important. The format of this book appealed to me, it was the first book that I read that was written entirely as letters to an unknown recipient. Perks is a book about abuse, friendship, and not being okay. I go back to this one time and time again and I can’t recommend it enough.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Ah, the story of Catherine and Heathcliffe, a classic! A classic that I’ve never finished because I get bored after a few pages. You might be wondering how this changed my life when I’ve just said I’ve never read the majority of it. You see, up until this point I always finished a book, it didn’t matter if I wasn’t enjoying it, I was so stubborn that I had to finish it. This is the one that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. Life is just too short!
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – The Peter Rabbit & Friends collection was gifted to me shortly after I learned how to read. They are the first books I can remember reading by myself. I adored Peter Rabbit and his mischievous ways! I don’t know how I didn’t lose any of these because I brought them everywhere. I still have the cardboard box that these came in, though after two decades it’s well worn and held together with tape! Peter Rabbit inspired a lifetime of reading.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I read this as part of English Junior Cert and I was totally engrossed. I actually read it before school started that year and I still have that same copy. This was the first book that really made me think about racial inequality. It wasn’t something I had consciously given thought to before then and now I understand that I was very privileged to be in that position. Even though this book was published in 1960 it opened my eyes to the race issues that we are unfortunately still dealing with now.
Are you a fellow BookNerd? What books have stayed with you or taught you something?