Ten Influential Books Tag!

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 readย  for young adults that made me want toย  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.

I’m not going to tag anyone, but let me know, what books have been influential in your life?

5 thoughts on “Ten Influential Books Tag!

  1. boricuanworms says:

    Tuck Everlasting is definitely part of my list! Eleanor & Park as well, just because it reminds me of what it is to be young, innocent, in love (even if I’m still young, lol). The Hunger Games because it first introduced me to hardcore reading (other than Twilight…). The Giver & 1984 because they both showed me that society could be much worse than it already is… I can’t think of any more right now, but this was a great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. hotteaandagoodbook says:

    My kids and I just recently read Tuck Everlasting, The Giver and The Phantom Tollbooth. I love both these books. Of course I love pretty much all of the books on your list but I love when I get to share my favorites with my kids

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