Sorry I've been away for so long, it's been a crazy past few weeks. I just started school, and we've been having homework, spirit week, homecoming, and all that other crazy goodness. I haven't really gotten time to just sit down and read, so I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. A bunch of my most anticipated books of 2015 are coming out really soon, so I'm hoping that helps me bounce out of this slump.
I wasn't actually planning on doing a top 10 list, I was hoping to do something like a top 15 books I read in 2015 in December, but it's a new post so yay! Basically, I got an assignment to write what my favorite book is and why, but I talked to my teacher and she's letting me do a top 10. The following books have changed me as a person, gotten me through rough times or are just go-to books when I'm sad or in a slump. I'm going to put them in age order, so starting with the youngest books I read and going up in age.
- The Harry Potter Series: Of course I was going to put Harry Potter. Did you really think I wasn't? These books have played a HUGE role in my life, and (although it may sound really corny) I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. These books started the reading itch, and really got me into picking up other books. It introduced me to fandoms, which were this great big world of other people who loved these books as much as I did. The writing style is very poetic, yet comprehendable, which makes them even more nostalgic to read. All the characters made me think about who I am and who I want to be. It taught me so many values and things I just wouldn't otherwise know. Harry Potter is something that will always have a special place in my heart.
- The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Series: The next big thing to come along were the Percy Jackson books. Now, I did read and love the Percy Jackson books when I first read them, but they didn't mean as much to me then as they do now. It took me a bit for them to start to matter more, but I'm so glad I really valued them. They've influenced my sense of humour, and just my overall perspective on life.
- Tuck Everlasting: I read this book a long time back and, although it's not very popular, it's a book I hold near and dear to my heart. It made me question myself and asked about choices I never thought of before. It's very thought provoking, but has a great storyline, too.
- The Hunger Games Trilogy: When I read the Hunger Games, it suddenly wasn't cool to read anymore (at school), but these books kept me from leaving the book world, which will keep me forever grateful. It might be generic YA, but the books have definitely left their mark.
- The Divergent Trilogy: I actually read the Divergent books with one of my friends, and it was the first real experience I had in a book club type scene. They came right before a very hard time in my life, and I remember going through it all, only thinking of Tris.
- Karma: Karma was the first novel I read in verse, and I'll always remember it. This book really showed me that I wanted to write in verse and it exposed me to that whole platform. I actually did it as a forensics piece as well, and it just fueled my love for the style of poetry.
- The Help: The Help is one of the only books I remember reading with my mother. She got it on audiobook and we would just sit in the car listening to it, never with a destination in mind. I always associate this book with those memories of my mom and I, so I always feel nostalgic when I read it.
- The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices Series: When I started these books, it was right around the time I discovered book blogging and other people like me. They changed my views on sacrifice and always feel like the first books I read when I started blogging.
- Fangirl: I like to joke that Fangirl is my biography, but it really is more than that. It really helped me come out of my shell, and gave me a glimpse of what life in the backseat is like.
- The Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy: This trilogy is my go-to series. I always look to it when I'm on a slump or just feeling down, because they just lift me right back up.
So those are the top 10 books that are my favorites/have impacted me. I know my descriptions got shorter as I went on, but I felt like I was getting too repetitive. Of course, this list will change as I grow and read more books, but these books really have stuck in my mind to this date.
Comment down below what your top 10 books are and, if you've read any of the books I talked about, let me know what you thought of them.
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