All too often we’ll get to the end of a book and think “eh.” That was enjoyable enough I suppose, but another story would have passed the time equally well.
But sometimes we read a story that stays with us, that changes us in some way. These are the ones that keep us coming back to reading over and over again.
Now today is Saturday, the day after Thanksgiving, and while the holiday may be over I’m still thankful for a number of books that have really impacted my life. In celebration, then, here is a list of the most impactful, in no particular order:
1) The Catcher in the Rye
For its gift of catharsis
2) I Capture the Castle
For providing solidarity and courage during my middle school years
3) The Big Orange Splot
For being a childhood favorite shared with my sisters and father
For being like no book I’d ever read before
5) Wuthering Heights
For being a favorite I can return to again and again
6) Les Misérables
For being the most complex, awe-inspiring story I’ve ever read
For finally getting me out of a reading slump
8) The Bible
For being my rock
9) The Poisonwood Bible
For being one of the first books I ever read for school that I actually enjoyed
10) The Maximum Ride series
For being one of my favorite series in middle school, introduced to me by one of my very best friends
What books are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments below!
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