I hope I did this the way you wanted.
  1. Belle Prater's Boy
    I read this in elementary school, and it was the first time I can remember being sad about something I'd read. I cried hot tears about some of the things in this book and I'll never forget learning about how literature could make you feel for people who didn't exist.
  2. Matilda
    I loved Matilda as a movie and a book. It made me believe that I could be extraordinary. Matilda is one of the main reasons I was never scared to be weird.
  3. The BFG
    I liked that the BFG was an old man with a childish spirit. It made me passionate about loving people who were different to me.
  4. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
    I love Calvin and Hobbes and having this book made my childhood a little more magical.
  5. The Book Thief
    This book made me feel for Death; because I grew up with my grandparents I think I've always been acutely aware of death. I used to freak out about turning double digit ages because I didn't want to die. When I read this it humanized death for me. It made it something to face with grace and compassion. It made me want to take care of those who are dying.
  6. Being Mortal
    It made me passionate about medicine and palliative care. It gave me a focus for where I see myself as a physician.