I’ve compiled a list of my top influential books (in no particular order). These books aren’t necessarily my favourites, but they’ve stuck with me over the years and have remained an important part of my life.
1) Holes by Louis Sachar
I’ve read this book so many times that my copy is starting to wear. My favourite spot is still bookmarked to this day. This story has stuck with me since the very first time I ever read it back in elementary school, many, many years ago.
2) The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis
While this isn’t my favourite book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, it was the book that led me to the rest. In grade 7, my english teacher, Mrs Bell read this book to our class as our class novel study. I remember being enthralled by the story and when the novel was complete, I chose to read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as my personal novel study book. This series is still one of my favourite book series’ to this day.
3) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief has to be one of my favourite books of all time. I love the blend of modern times with the old Greek and Roman gods. This book also led me to the rest of Riordan’s writings and he quickly became one of my favourite authors. The entire Percy Jackson series, as well as the sequel series, is one of my favourites.
4) Peter Pan by JM Barrie
One of my most beloved childhood stories. Peter Pan was also one of my favourite characters. I had the privilege of re-reading this book as an adult in university and was reminded just how much I love Peter, Hook, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily, Nana and all the rest.
5) Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
This was one of the first book series I read as a child. I loved reading a story about an animal from the animal’s perspective. This book really helped me get into reading as a child. While it is no longer one of my favourites, I will always remember this book and the journey into reading I experienced because of it.
6) Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
While I only read this book recently (as it is a newer book), I loved it right from the start. Stories that are a blend of modern life with old legends and gods are always the most interesting to me, and I found Krampus to be such a fascinating take on Santa Claus and other tales. From the moment I first heard about this book, to the time I finished reading it, this book has stuck with me and is definitely one I recommend to others.
7) The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
A collection of short stories that every wizard and muggle alike should read. Not only are the stories really well written and interesting, I love the idea of reading stories that some of our favourite witch and wizards read when they were younger. The stories are great for all ages and I often go back to this book when I want something shorter to read.
8) The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
My sister first read this to me many summers ago when we were younger. We would go lie out back in hammock and she would read to me for a couple hours every afternoon until we finished the book. Not only do I love this story, but I always remember that summer as a kid, sharing the story with my favourite person in the world.
9) Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Koala Lou was one of my favourite books to read when I was little. My mother used to read it to me and even as I grew, I continued to read this book. It has a great message and the artwork inside is beautiful. I definitely think this is a great book for young children to read.
10) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Last, but certainly not least, is the third Harry Potter book. This is not my favourite in the series, but it was the first of the series that I read for myself. As a proud Slytherin, I can certainly say that Harry Potter has stuck with me throughout the years and has had a huge impact on my life.
I definitely recommend reading these books and I would love to hear your most influential books!