The Books That Changed My Life #NationalBookMonth

(cheesy title, I know).

It’s October which officially means that it’s national book month, and what better time to appreciate books?! As an English student, book appreciation is in my nature, so obviously I had to write this post. I’ve never actually written anything like this before which I’m quite surprised by, as there are certainly a lot of books that changed my life. So, here goes. Some of these are teen fiction, some are classics, some are less well known and others are a bit strange, but these are the books that made me love literature, so I think that there’s something to be said for them all.

Life on The Refrigerator Door

This whole book is communicated between notes left on the refrigerator door by a mum and her daughter. It’s not the most sophisticated of plots by any means, but this was actually the first book I read that ever played with a narrative in such a way, and that’s what made me love it. It was the first time that I appreciated literature as a form of art, and that’s something that I’ll never forget.

Twilight

Yes, okay, hear me out. This was the first series that ever made me feel like reading was cool. It was the first series that all of my friends were reading and that we had conversations about and it made me feel accepted. So, yes, the writing isn’t great, but I will forever love it because it made me feel accepted for loving books for the first time ever. 

Fallen

I found this series just so fascinating, and it was my favourite book series ever for such a long time. This was the first time that I read books again and again. In fact, I really wanted to re-read it this year. But, I’m slightly worried that my adult eyes might ruin the experience forever for me, so I’ve put it off for now.

The Outsiders

This book actually contains my favourite poem ever, and the first poem that I remember ever reading. I wrote an essay on the poem (out of choice as extra homework) because I just loved it so much. I also really like the story of this book, but I will forever love it for introducing me to poetry.

The Great Gatsby

I know that this is cliché, but I just love this book. I’ve always loved everything about the roaring 20s, and this just provides such a raw insight into what life was actually like. Everything may have seemed glam and fun from the outside, but the reality was actually very different from this and I just feel like it contains so many metaphors for life in general. It will always have my heart.

I Heart New York

I know this isn’t the kind of book that you expect to see on a list like this, but it genuinely did change my life. This is the first book that made me want to write something myself one day, and that’s definitely the sign of a special book! It’s not a classic like some of the others on this list, but it’s the style of book that I would love to write some day. And, after reading this book, I found out that Lindsey Kelk actually used to go to my school. I even share an awards board with her. And, as someone from a very small town and a school that generally doesn’t produce great grades etc, it was the first book that made me feel like I could actually do something like this myself. It made me believe in me. 

Miles To Go

Yes, Miley Cyrus’ autobiography. I read this, and then re-read it, and then read it again. I still often think about it to this day. So many of the life messages etc Miley wrote about I could relate with at the time and it made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Another cliché. But I actually didn’t read this at school, I read it over summer a few years ago (out of choice) and I absolutely loved it. I haven’t read Go Set A Watchman yet because so many people said that it will ruin the story for me, and I don’t like that Harper Lee didn’t really choose to publish it, that seems almost wrong to me. But the original will forever hold a place in my heart.

Which books will stay with you forever? I’d love to know!

Love,

H x

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  1. Charlene McElhinney 2nd October 2018 / 9:51 PM

    OMG I got so excited when I seen Shakespeare’s Sonnets in the image for this post because I’m currently studying it at university. You mentioned some fantastic books here, I’m eager to read Miley’s autobiography now, great write up chick!

    Charlene McElhinney / @blogabtnothing1
    https://charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

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