I saw this tag earlier today on Youtube when I watched Katytastic‘s latest video.
The rules are to pick 10 books that have most influenced your life without giving it much thought. I immediately knew most of the books that would make it on my list. The problem is that when I went to go pull these books from my shelves, about half of them were missing because I have lent them out to people, but here are the first half.
1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit- This book was pretty much the first book that I read for school and absolutely loved.
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry- This was my first taste of dystopian literature and the first time I felt like I couldn’t get enough of a book.
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster- Silly fun that I could read over and over again and still be amazed, learn lessons from and be surprised by.
4. Monster by Walter Dean Myers- See how worn this book is? It’s beat to hell (which I hate my books to look like). What’s the reason? I read this book during my first student teaching placement with my 9th graders. Not only is it a great book by an amazing author, it holds many positive memories for me. I only wish I could teach students and feel that way again.
5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson- I found this copy years after I graduated from school and discovered I had never returned it (oops). This book was one of the first books that I read for young adults that made me want to write for teenagers.
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling- The whole series is influential to me, but the first book is what introduced me to Harry’s world and where I fell in love with it.
And for the books that were never returned
(but that I have on my e-reader now because I need a copy in my life):
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- This is pretty much the most beautiful and heart-wrenching book I have ever read. But it’s message of hope keeps bringing me back year after year to read it again. It was after reading this book that I began trying writing my first (albeit really bad) novel.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- The first book that I completely fell head over heels in love with. This is the book that made me want to teach.
9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- This book taught me that YA can teach adults of all ages lessons about life.
10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- One of the first books that I saw kids reading (and really enjoying) while I was substitute teaching. It gave me hope that teenagers will continue to read.