1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I was a very reluctant reader! My Mum tried everything to get me to learn to read and I kept insisting that there would always be people to read me stories so why should I? (I was obviously a very annoying kid). But then I got a copy of Alice in Wonderland for my birthday, a beautiful illustrated copy. And my Mum, being the genius that she is, refused to read it to me. I was three years old and immediately decided I wanted to read so I could figure out what was going on in this book. It's influenced my reading a lot since then too, I am more often drawn to the ridiculous and the magical for example!
2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Picture me, a tiny ginger kid in school getting bullied. And then imagine how it felt to find Anne Shirley. Redhead who takes no nonsense from anyone. Who broke a slate over a boys head when he called her Carrots. She was a total inspiration to me. Fearless and creative and passionate about everything she did. This was, I think, the first time I really found myself in a book and I've read and re-read the whole series more times than I can count!
3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Because of course. I remember in school when everyone discovered the first book at the same time. And for once everyone was united in agreement that this was the best thing ever. As an adult I can see many problems with the series (hello complete lack of diversity) but there will always be a magic to these characters and to Hogwarts that I've never found in any other book. This was my first introduction to fandoms as well (and fanfic) which led me down the path to bloggerdom!
4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Oh boy. Ok so obviously super problematic. The relationship is toxic as anything and there is so much that seems ridiculous looking back on it now. But damn was I a big Twilight fan!! And this, this is the book that introduced me to the blogging/vlogging world. It was through Twilight that I discovered so many amazing bloggers and actually the whole YA category. I hadn't really ventured into YA before so it was Twilight that led me to The Hunger Games and Divergent and eventually to all time favourites like Six of Crows.
5. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
This was the first review I ever posted (back at Dual Reads). This book didn't really make an impact on me but reviewing it and blogging about it and just getting that confidence in me - definitely did have an impact on me. So whatever I might think of the book itself (in my review I said it was "disappointing") it will always be the first book I blogged about and therefore had a huge impact on my reading life!!
Let me know what books changed your reading life? I'd really love to know what led us all here and if we have any in common!