Today I wanted to share with you the books that over my reading life have really shaped my views and way I read. Not only are we going to talk great books, but I will share with you the reasons why I connected with these books. Think of this as a look into my reading soul! I hope this post inspires you to look back and think about the books that have meant a lot to you at certain points in your life.
The BFG, by Roald Dahl. As a kid, I adored Roald Dahl. I ate his books up like candies, devouring each one until I looked up one day, and there were no more to read! But of all his books, this one is the one that made me fall in love with reading. I still re-read it frequently for myself, but also with my son. I remember being completely wrapped up in Sophie’s story, and the idea that dreams could be locked up in a jar.
Nancy Drew Series, by Carolyn Keene. I feel like this one is a given, and that most people can relate. I remember being a kid reading under the covers, just trying to figure out how Nancy Drew would work it out. They are great stories, and my parents bought these for me one after the next, because even as a kid I needed to read them in order. Thank goodness my parents always encouraged this, and I think it’d be so fun to read the whole series again!
The Piano Man’s Daughter, by Timothy Findley. This book… oh man! You have all read about my love of Tiff. But it was my grade 10 English teacher, Mrs. Desjardins, who introduced me to Timothy Findley… and from there I became enamoured with him and the idea that someone so creative could live so close to me. From here on out, I have read A LOT of his books. Not all, but one day I will get there!
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett. Here’s a special one. Growing up I had heard my parents talk about this book. They had talked about how it’s based around a cathedral… and all I could think was wahhhh wahhh wahhh… it sounded so boring to me. THEN, a friend’s Dad had bought it for me as it was one of his favourite books. I then read it, and did not put it down until it was done. I loved it, and it made me realize that I really loved historical fiction. Also that my Mom and Dad’s book taste, was actually pretty damn awesome!!
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Before I read Jane I had a view that classics were tough books, and only for people who studied classic literature. Then I read it, and I fell so deeply in love with the wuthering Yorkshire winds, old mansions, and the complex time it was for women. I also fell in love with the Brontes. This classic is a classic that still stands up today, and is a must read. Click here to see my review.
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a recent read of mine, but holy smokes did it pack of punch. And there are sections of this book that will never leave my memory. Gilbert’s theory is that an idea is something that floats around, and can be yours if you take it… but it also can pass on to the next person. And her example of this with Ann Patchett is truly inspiring. This book made me want to stand up and be authentically me. Check out my review here.
So that is it for today, bookish friends! Please leave me a comment with some books that have shaped your reading life. I’d love to hear them.