my top ten books

Beautiful, old books stay comfortable and welcomed in our hearts.

Beautiful, old books with deep characters and compelling narrative will stay forever welcomed and comfortable in our hearts.

I was recently asked by my professor (and author!) Richard Scarsbrook and my writing partner Kristi to list the top ten books that have inspired me over the years. I think I’ve mentioned my addictive personality before, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that characters and story lines really stick with me. And unfortunately, there are just too many to choose from, so I made a quick list that will prove to be ever changing.

In no particular order…

Catcher In the Rye, By J. D. Salinger (My favourite fiction piece of all time… his narrative is unparalleled).
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, By J.K. Rowling (The entire series continues to inspire me and challenge my imagination).
The Diary of Anne Frank, By Anne Frank (The first book I ever read on World War II. I’ll never forget how it helped shape my views).
Night, By Elie Wiesel (While all of Wiesel’s stories are tragic and amazing, this one stuck with me like no other).
I Am That Girl, By Alexis Jones (A non fiction piece that every female should read, no matter what age).
Nineteen Eighty Four, By George Orwell (Orwell was so ahead of his time. Nineteen Eighty Four and John Wyndham‘s The Chrysalids were my first glance into dystopic and science fiction literature; something I read a lot of now).
A Piece of Cake, By Cupcake Brown (Talk about beating the odds and overcoming adversity! A Piece of Cake is the most interesting and inspiring autobiography I’ve read from this decade).
Angela’s Ashes, By Frank McCourt (This book always sticks with me for some reason).
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (My favorite, and arguably the darkest, of all of Shakespeare’s plays).
The Bible (I had a Precious Moments one that I still have today!)

Honorable mentions:
The Shining, Wonder, The Stranger, The Hunger Games, Lean In, Man’s Search for Meaning & The Handmaid’s Tale.

What are some of your favourites?

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