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Thursday, October 16, 2014

10 Books That Have Touched Me

Some time ago, a tag went around Facebook where you were supposed to list ten books that had influenced you, touched you, and/or made a difference in your life.  I duly did so, and then I thought that the subject would make an excellent blog post.  So, I switched around some titles on my life (yes, it changes a lot), gave some thought to what I would say for each book, assembled some honourable mentions, and now I'm here to share my list with you. (Note: the order in which the books are listed has no bearing on how important they are to me - it's all random) (Note #2 - This list naturally excludes the Bible...there's no question it's been the greatest influence on my life)
  • Glimpses of Truth - Okay, yes, this one does deserve to be at the very top of the list.  Great Christian fiction, my favorite modern novel, and very inspiring.
  • Songs in the Night (series) - God and faith are an integral part of each book, and if you're looking for an exciting, emotional read, I can't recommend these books highly enough.
  • Through Gates of Splendour - One of the first non-fiction books I ever read, and it's remained one of my favorites through the years.  I've also watched a documentary based on this book, and read another book, Jungle Pilot, that was an autobiography of Nate Saint's life.  It's a great read as well.
  • Unbroken - Definitely my favorite book of 2014, and probably my favorite book for a lot of years. Unbroken is one of the few books I've bought after getting it from the library, and I've actually bought TWO copies - hardcover and softcover.  I just-I can't really explain how much I love the story.  Take my word for it, though, and read it.  Right now.
  • The Secrets of Heathersleigh Hall (series) - At times unnecessarily depressing and/or long-winded, this series is still one of my favorites.  Just...I think of the deaths and heartbreak is extraneous, which isn't all that great.
  • The Book Thief - This book.  It's phenomenal.  I've read it about six times and I'm feeling the itch to re-read it again.  A beautiful, poignant story about books, WWII, and death.
  • Les Miserables - One of the greatest classics (if not THE greatest), and probably my favorite classic book.  There's so much richness and depth in both the plot and characters, not to mention all the philosophizing that goes on.  Sure, it's a long slog at times, but definitely worth a read.  Or several.
  • The Giver - One of those dystopian books that isn't cliched (probably because it came out before the whole Hunger Games craze), if depressing. (but, hey, I like depressing books)  I haven't read the other three books in the series, but I'm sure they'll be good as well.
  • The Secret of Mission T-3 - You've proooobably never heard of this book, since it was self-published, I believe, and I've never met anyone who's read it, so...yeah.  It's amazing and touching, so if you have read, please let me know!
  • A Tale of Two Cities - I recently listened to the musical version of this book, and fell in love with the story all over again.  It was one my mom refused to let me read, so she'd have something to teach me for English Literature, but once I was able to, I read it about three times in a row.  Beautiful, beautiful story.
{Honourable Mentions}
What are some books that have touched or influenced you?


{P.S. This was supposed to be one of those cliched 'NaNoWriMo's just around the river bend, so I won't be posting as frequently, and then I realized that I'm not posting frequently anyway, so I'll just say goodbye till the next post}
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