Books That Changed My Life
It’s no secret that I love to read. You’ll always find at least 2 books on my bedside table, and I’m always looking for new titles to enjoy. Though I’ve read many, many books in my 23 years, a few stick out to me due to their particular impact on my life.
Today, I’m sharing the three books that changed my life. I included one from each “educational season” of my life: middle school, high school, and the present.
When It Happens
When I was young, my mom would always take me to Barnes and Noble. We would split up and I’d head straight for the Young Adult section, where I’d peruse the aisles for new titles to add to my ever-growing collection. When It Happens is one of the first books I remember picking out for myself. It’s a quintessential high school love story, complete with all the drama and embarrassing dialogue you’d expect. But, I loved it, and I always went back to it. This was one of my “formative” books – one that kept me returning to the bookstore craving more and shaped my love for reading.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book has had the greatest influence on my life, by far. It is the reason why I studied literature in college, and it is most certainly the reason why I am an English teacher today. When I first read this novel in high school, I was mesmerized. The way Fitzgerald used the most beautiful constructions of language to tell the saddest of love stories captivated me from the start. I would sit in class in awe as we analyzed each chapter. This novel changed the way I look at literature forever.
This was the first self-improvement book I ever read, and it greatly impacted my outlook on life. Not only did it re-light my creative flame, but it introduced me to the idea of self-betterment. Since reading this book, I’ve started doing more writing, listening to more podcasts, and looking for hobbies to help bring out my best self. If you aspire to live a creative and inspired life, I’d highly recommend giving this book a chance!
I’d love to know what books have shaped your life! Let me know in the comments.