I like to share what I’ve read so you might find something on the list that you might not have considered. I’m lucky enough to have attended a liberal arts college (Wooohoooo Eckerd College). As a result, I was exposed to a wide variety of literature. I’ve read many things I would never have chosen on my own because of my educational background, and I’m eternally grateful that I did.
Because of the diversity in my literary exposure, I’ve learned more than I thought possible, and realized there is much that I don’t know. I hope you find something on the list that intrigues you. Step outside your comfort zone and pick up a book you wouldn’t normally choose for yourself!
(FYI: my guilty pleasure is chic-lit… the kind you can just dive into without wondering if the author placed that purse in the middle of chapter 3 as a symbol).
Here are a couple books that changed my life and fostered my love for reading:
- The first book I remember reading that turned me into a written-word-nerd was Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. I sat in a green chair by the fireplace and couldn’t put this one down. I plan to re-read it soon.
- My 6th grade teacher read The Giver by Lois Lowry out loud to us, and it immediately caught my attention. I recently re-read it, and I recommend it for everyone. The lesson is timeless.
- In high school, I was that weird girl that actually read and understood The Scarlet Letter. I loved everything about the language and was especially taken with the empowering message conveyed through Hester Prynne’s character.
- My all time favorite novel is The Great Gatsby. I love (again) the language, the survey and criticism of American culture, and the hopeless optimism in Jay Gatsby. I read it in high school and again in college. Every now and then I pull it off the shelf and stick it in my purse, because why not?
Well there are a couple to get you started! You can also see what I’ve read by genre!
Photo credit flickr user Simon_sees. This photo was cropped.