Books That Shaped Me

Inspired by @amieshmamie
  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    The book that caused my imagination to explode and grow.
  2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silversteen
    I carry a copy of "Listen to the Mustn'ts" in my wallet to this very day.
  3. Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    Just one of those books that hits you in the feels whether you're five or one hundred and five.
  4. Superfudge by Judy Blume
    Responsible for taking and turning me from someone who liked to be read to into a passionate reader.
  5. the Ramona book series by Beverly Cleary
    Ramona was my spirit animal long before I knew the term.
  6. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    The first time I realized books could move me to the point of tears.
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    It made me question if a world free of war and heartbreak was worth sacrificing love and hope for.
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    I've read this almost every single year since I read it for the first time in eight grade.
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    It's a classic for a reason.
  10. This Lullaby by @sarahdessen
    This one played a major part in helping me find my (written) voice.
  11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    One of those books that resonated with me so deeply that it shook me to my very core.
  12. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    Even after all these years and a thousand reads, this is still one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    I don't think I could ever properly sum up how much this book effected/shaped me, but I will say that I think everyone should read it at least once in their life.
  15. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
    It broke my heart, but did so in a way that left me a more compassionate human being.
  16. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
    Gloria Steinem is one of the people who helped shaped my view of the world and this book just took my view and expanded it ten fold.
  17. To Be Continued...
    Or at least I hope it will be because there's still a lot of books left for me to read.