It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re talking about books that changed my life. I think this might have been the most difficult T5T post to write since I had a hard time actually thinking of five books that fit the theme. So just bear with me, even if my explanations sound a bit flimsy. 😅
I was named after this book. I don’t know if that constitutes as life-changing, but I would say it definitely is important. 😅 It wasn’t until last year that I actually read it and was surprised how well the story holds up even almost 100 years after the initial publication.
#2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
I added this to the list, but not for the reasons you might think. When the books first came out, I wasn’t on board. I did see the first three movies at the cinema but that was it. I wasn’t really into the whole experience as it was happening. In fact, I didn’t read the books until well after the series had concluded. However, since then the first Harry Potter book has become my go-to every time I start learning a new language. Since I know exactly what’s going on, it’s easy for me to read, even in a language I’m not yet too familiar with. In that regard, this book has helped me a lot. (I know this is nothing life-changing, but as I said, this post was difficult 😅)
#3 Literally any Rick Riordan Book
As a kid, one of my favorite Disney movies was Hercules (it still is tbh). So, I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Greek mythology. When I discovered Rick Riordan’s novels, I just binge-read the whole lot. I cannot tell you how much I love them not just because they are funny or the stories are well-written. What I like is that I learn something while reading them (Greek, Roman, Nordic, Egyptian mythology etc.). This means that now I am constantly blurting out trivia facts related to mythology left, right and center. That may not be life-changing, but I feel quite certain that it is at least adding some annoyance to the lives of people around me (and a lot of joy to mine). 😅
#4 The Riyria Chronicles and Revelations
I have read fantasy books before. Quite a few of them. Long ones. But I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a fantasy series as much as these two nor did I ever finish any this quickly. The characters were way too relatable and I honestly can’t wait for the next book to come out. I guess this did change my life in a way since I now want to read a lot more fantasy stuff and I don’t mind really diving into series consisting of a sheer insurmountable amount of books. 😅
#5 Lean In
A couple of years ago, some other student did a presentation in a seminar and she mentioned this book. I was intrigued and went out to buy it. And damn, what an eye-opener this was. It definitely made me more conscious of how I act and behave, how I carry myself, and how I see the world and others around me. It gave my so much food for thought and for sure impacted some decisions I made for my future.
What’s a book that changed your life? Let me know in the comments!