Today I wanted to talk about some books that have been extremely influential in my life, and ones that I don’t think I’d be who I am now without reading them in my life!
I love being nostalgic about books, and I can’t wait to share some of my all time favourites with you!
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Reading Matilda was the first time I ever read about someone who loved reading as much as I did. I’ve grown up in a family of readers, but none of my friends ever really read. It was so inspiring reading about someone who wasn’t part of my family who loved reading so much and really developed my love for books, and then seeing her do magic? It was THE BEST!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Before Twilight I would read standalone books more often than not, and there wasn’t really a series of books that kept me entertained all at once. I’d see my mum reading series’ and not understand how she could do it when there were SO many books out there waiting to be read! I then picked up Twilight and discovered almost instantly how ADDICTIVE binge reading books is, and I remember waiting for my mum to finish Eclipse because I was so desperate to read it! That was when I truly fell in love with series books, and I’ve never looked back!
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
This book was bought for me by my best friend Lauren when I first got diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2016. I knew people with mental health issues in my life, and I’d helped them as much as I could, but when it came to me dealing with it I felt so alone, and so scared as I’d never felt like this before. This book truly saved my life. It made me realise that I wasn’t alone, and that my feelings, although awful and scary, would not last forever. Matt’s writing was so inspiring and spoke to me when I was going through an awful time. I will forever be grateful for this book, and I still read it when I’m having a tough time.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Whenever anyone asks me what my favourite book is, this is always my answer. Reading this book was the first time that I ever truly fell in love with someone’s writing, because this book is written absolutely beautifully. Written in a time of war, it makes me realise just how lucky I am to have what I have now, and also just how much books can be a solace for so many people. Liesl loved books, and risked her life for them, so she could have something to love in such a dark time. It’s a truly beautiful story and one of my favourites.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
All three of these books have influenced me, it was the first dystopian series I ever fell in love with. However Catching Fire in particular really had an influence. The way that Katniss and the rest of the team fight against President Snow and the awful things they go through is so empowering. In fact the people of Ferguson during their riots bac in 2014wrote on the wall of the city a quote from Catching Fire; “If we burn, you burn with us.” That stuck with me so much, I actually got the Mockingjay symbol with that quote around it tattooed on my arm. The story of Katniss is so empowering and so important, this series I will forever remember.
The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
So if you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while you’ll know that I adore Cassandra Clare’s books – especially The Infernal Devices (my baby Jem). Not only is this a series that I adore because it’s just written so brilliantly, but when I first got diagnosed with depression I dived into reading to escape my own mind, and TMI and TID were the series I did that with. I found my escape during some tough days in these books, and I will forever love them for many other reasons, but most definitely that.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
I was never a huge fan of poetry, but I had heard brilliant things about this book. Then my best friend Mariam bought me this and honestly it changed my entire perspective of how I viewed poetry. The collection of poetry in this book is completely beautiful and they just spoke to my soul. I tabbed my favourite poems, and honestly it’s basically the entire book. They made me laugh, cry and want to scream and let me understand so many emotions I was going through.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I can honestly say without doubt that out of so many books, it’s this book/series that I am almost the most grateful for. Not only do I just adore the series in general, without this book I would never have met my best friend in the entire world, Mariam. It was talking about this book on the app Books Amino that led me to Mariam, and first got us talking. We discussed everything about the book and once we started talking we just never stopped. Now I can’t imagine my life without her, and I am thankful everyday that I read this book so it could bring me that fantastic woman into my life.
There we go – those are my most influential books! Let me know below what books have influenced you and how! I’d love to know!
Until next time,