So I was watching NayaReadsandSmiles video about some of the books and series that changed her life, whether that be her learning from the characters on how to be strong, or if the prose helped her through dark times, she has books that changed her life.
And, well, I’m sure we all do. So today I wanted to share with you all some of the books and series that have and are currently changing my life.
They’re in no particular order.
- The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Honestly, did you not expect this series to be here? I love this series so much: from the characters to the world building to the action to the romances, this book has so many wonderful and beautiful things happening in it that I can’t picture it not having changed my life in some way. I really think this series changed my reading life. I have never loved a book series (other than the next one listed below) that changed my perception on reading and made me want to read more and more and more.
- The Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. This book defined a generation, and many people are ashamed and afraid to admit how they once love, or still love, this saga. To me, Twilight was a game changer: it came during a dark time in my life when I was 14/15 years old, and to read about this ordinary girl in these extraordinary situations was incredible to me. It sucked me in and left me wanting more. I honestly don’t know where I’d be in my reading life without Twilight in it.
- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Though I am not quite finished with this series yet, these books have still impacted me greatly. It’s my first urban fantasy read, I think, and as such it just reinforced my beliefs in magic. This series is all about a girl growing up, learning truths, falling in love, and learning what it is to be different in a world stuck on normalcy. I may make it sounds more grandiose than it is, but this is how I view it and will continue to view it.
- The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. Specifically the first book, this book again changed my reading life. It was the first audiobook I had ever listened to on my own and as such, I’m glad I picked it. The narrators were all fantastic, using different voices for different characters in their chapters, and the story was phenomenal. It made me crave more, and again: a strong female protagonist, strong side characters, and just the overall sense of mystery and magic. This book makes my heart soar when I think of it.
- Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase. This manga series will forever hold a special place in my heart. I read this in middle school into high school and I just remember my love for this 18 book series. There was romance, war, peril, court troubles, etc. It held everything I could ever want in a series and more. It changed my life in a way that it showed me to never give up, to always be true to who you are, and to never go into the restricted section of a library lest you be swept into a book’s world – and a dangerous one, at that.
- The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. I read this book back when I was in my early teens and it forever changed my outlook on life. This book is geared toward a younger teen audience, which is weird considering how deep and dark the content is. But I’m glad I read it when I did because it became one of my most prized and favorite books of all time. It taught me that life is full of secrets, and to always, always fight for yourself and what you believe to be right.
And there you have it: six series/books that have changed my life. Now most of these I read once I was a teen or an adult, but they still impacted, and are impacting, my life as we speak. I think it’s important to remember that, no matter what age you are, you can still learn and grow from reading.
What books have changed your life? Do you still reflect on them every now and then or have you forgotten them all together? Would you ever pick them up again? Let me know!