Books That Shaped Me

Inspired by a bunch of awesome people.
  1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
    My favorite book I've ever read. It has everything you could want in a good story, it's absolutely beautiful. "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." "To love another person is to see the face of God."
  2. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Illustrated by Lane Smith
    Addition is where I peaked in math and this book made me feel like someone else understood. The illustrations were trippy and fantastic. Still my favorite children's book.
  3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    Reading this inspired my love of Jewish culture and a fascination with Europe in WW2 and the Holocaust. I was 10 when I first read it, I've read it a few times since, this 13 year old girl always teaches me something.
  4. Night by Eli Wiesel
    My aforementioned interest in the Holocaust was peaked when my high school freshman English teacher announced our reading assignment for Christmas break. The rest of the class was upset to not only have homework for break but something so depressing. I cried so hard reading this book and loved it.
  5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
    I didn't read this until my jr year of high school, when our English teacher assigned a project to write 5 chapters in Cisneros' style. It was such a free way to write and it made me actually want to.
  6. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    This book inspired a life long love of books. My Kindergarten teacher would read us a chapter a day at nap time, and lucky for me I could never fall asleep. I got the entire series the next Christmas.
  7. The Dear America & My Name is America series by various authors
  8. A life long history nerd these historical fictions were written through the eyes of young people. They gave you a taste of the feelings of the time, and a window into all kinds of times and places.