I was recently inspired by a buzzfeed article that I read a couple weeks ago, and decided that what we read can also become a definition of who we are as a person, not just personal preference. Looking back, there are a number of books that have affected me greatly and made me who I am today. I can definitely say that I would not be the same having not read these books.
1. The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. I will forever be grateful to this amazing woman, because not only was she the one that really made me love reading, but she was my first taste of true feminist fiction. Strong heroines who could kick butt and take names. Women, who despite everyone telling her she couldn't, they actually went out and did better than the guys. As a middle schooler, not knowing who I was, reading this book gave me more confidence and just a general love for YA literature.
2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I grew up with my dad telling me of these tales at bed time. I watched the cartoons and went all fangirl on my family when the first movie came out when I was in sixth grade, having just finished the series for myself only a few months prior to the release. This was the series of books that made me love fantasy in its most archaic form.
3. The Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. The most life changing books beside the Bible I have ever read in my life. It's Christian fiction, but it's killer Christian fiction. Even to this day, I don't think there are many comparable writers. This lady is fantastic, and her characters are astoundingly affecting. Hadassah's journey through being a slave was at times heart wrenching and other times so wrought with danger and perseverance that there was no way I couldn't identify with this book.
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This was the first classic that made me realize that not all classics should be deemed boring. This is also the book that has made me fall in love with what I study. I have read it five times and have written about six research papers over it, and it still never gets old.
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Though I will be the first to say this wasn't my favorite book ever, this was definitely a book that I read at the most ideal time in my life. I read it just last March, and I couldn't have picked a better time. Tris' move from Abnegation to Dauntless was something that I truly identified with, and it just somehow hit home for me, and I felt like I really understood her character because of where I was in life.
6. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. This book tore my heart to shreds. I never really liked contemporary realistic fiction before I read her books, and I am so thankful that I decided to take a chance on this book. It was a book full of flawed and broken people, and I loved it all the more because of that.
What books have made you into who you are? Share with us!