A discussion with my partner over the weekend got me thinking about the books that have had the most impact on my life. It’s actually a really tricky question. I have had the pleasure of enjoying so many books and some have rocketed to the top of my favourites list, but I wouldn’t necessarily say there have been too many that have had an actual impact. So, I thought back to those books that changed my thinking or my behaviour, and here’s what I’ve come up with.
The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
I can’t pinpoint a specific book in this series, and this was obviously not the first set of books I ever read, but I distinctly remember this series igniting my love of reading to an intense blaze. They were what I wanted when it came to birthday or Christmas presents, and I grew so attached to the characters that I wish I still had the books now so I could introduce my niece to them (I have a few but most were water damaged and became mouldy when the roof at my parents’ house leaked).
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I didn’t actually read this one myself but I remember a substitute teacher bringing this to class and reading it to us in year 5. It was the first fantasy book I’d ever heard and I had no idea that what I thought of as adult books could be like that.
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
An introduction to philosophy in the form of fiction. This book really got me interested in philosophy and its huge questions about existence and purpose. Educational reading that was fun.
IT by Stephen King
Yes, it’s another list of mine with Stephen King on it but after much pondering I am fairly certain this was the first Stephen King book I read at around age 12 and, similar to my experience with The Hobbit, I never knew a book could be so exciting! Scary and a page turner all in one, my obsession with all things King began right here.
Attached: The new science of adult attachment and how it can help you find – and keep – love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
Finally, a book that explained why I kept finding myself attracted to the wrong men, explained why my reaction to their behaviour was not abnormal or crazy, and described the things to look out for in those ‘not right for me’ guys so I could actually learn and move forward. Definite life changer!
So, there you have it, the five books that have had the greatest impact on me up until now (and the ones I could most easily remember).
Which books have changed things for you?