This list is definitely not exclusive to one genre as I am a fan of all different kinds of books. I guess I will start with the fiction books that have changed my life in some way. This list is not complete, and I will be adding to it periodically. If you’d like to read one of these books, just click on the cover, and it will link you to Amazon.
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, was recommended to me by a teacher in middle school. I was not a prolific reader in school. Not like I am now, anyway. Well, I read this book, and it changed that. I was captivated with the story of the friendship, untamed imaginations, and the beautiful word choice. The conclusion left me speechless. It was the first book I ever reread immediately after finishing. As a teacher, I read this book with my class every year, and I always need a box of Kleenexes to get through the last two heart rendering chapters. If you haven’t read this book, pick it up. It’s a winner for both the young and young at heart.
This picture book, by Shel Silverstein, spoke to me at a time in my life when I was seeking to “complete” myself, a time when I felt I was just a missing piece. It’s a great book to read if you’re feeling at all insecure about your place in the world. I won’t give away the ending, but I’ll tell you that it really changed my perspective. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. Meeting the Big O might just change your life just as it did the Missing Piece’s.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is such an amazingly written book. The vocabulary itself is reason enough to read it. Throw in the elegant word choice, conflict between the refined Mr. Darcy and spunky Elizabeth Bennett, and you’ve got yourself one phenomenal book. It is by far my favorite of all the classics. I adore Lizzy and her sisters’ relationships and the special bond she shares with them, especially Jane, the oldest. If you’ve never read this one, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
I have always Nicholas Sparks, and I have read all of his books. This one, however, is one of my favorites. I know this book was made into a movie, but the movie didn’t do the book justice, just as most movies don’t. This love story reminds me a lot of Bridge to Terabithia as it describes the friendship between a teenage boy and a girl that changed his life forever. The thing I like most about this book is the openness in regards to the Bible and spirituality. It’s another one of those books I read over and over again.
This book, written by Jody Hedlund, is one of the best books I have read in the last ten years. While all of her books are fantastic, this one captured me and wouldn’t let me go until I was finished-which happened to be about 4 hours later. The plot was kinetic and each chapter left my heart racing as I turned to read another. Her word choice is poetic and well-planned. Now, I don’t typically read historical fiction, but Jody changed that with her unique style and ability to create a story that holds it all. From romance to adventure to mystery, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read her books, you need to. She’s a phenomenal author.
This book, by R.J. Palacio, is such an incredible story of acceptance and growth. I read this book for the first time this year, and it’s already made its way into my heart. Written from several perspectives, Palacio shares a story of a young boy who is struggling to overcome the challenges he faces in middle school. Auggie’s birth defect, which leaves his face deformed, is his biggest adversary, and this book deals with topics such as acceptance and unconditional love. While this book is not a Christian book, I think everyone could learn a lesson about loving the way God loves after being in Auggie’s shoes.
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