To say that reading books changed my life is an understatement. Growing up I was an avid reader of teen fiction. It all started when I was about eleven and I sprained my ankle on my trampoline. We were about to go on a trip to Europe and I was completely immobilized for the next few weeks. When we were in the airport about to head out to Heathrow; my mom bought me a copy of Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It’s a fantasy Y.A. novel about dragonriders!
During that trip to Europe I barely even know where we went. I was so wrapped up in this book the whole time I hardly paid attention to the sights around me. We were on our way back from our trip and I had already started reading it again.
Books give you the ability to transport yourself into a completely different world. You can choose to go wherever you want when you’re reading a book and experience a new amazing story every time.
From The Lightning Thief, to Harry Potter, to Hardy Boys. I was hooked.
I can’t say I grew up loving books; i’m not sure anyone can say that. But I can say that I grew into loving books. When I was in my teens -at the height of my adoration for teen fiction- I was appalled that some of my other friends hated reading. I couldn’t hardly understand how someone could pick up a book like Eragon and not enjoy it.
Books grow you.
Books are like meals, they make you who you are. Books that inspire you have a way of leaving an impression on your soul that stays forever. Books that you disagree with have way of solidifying your belief. Books that entertain new and fantastic ideas encourage you to have your own new fantastic ideas. Some of the most important life experiences you can have as both a kid and an adult are while you’re shut away reading a good book.
Books can make you weep openly and laugh out loud in a way that no other medium can. They can change your perspective, and make you look at life in a new way. Nothing can make you see the beauty in life, or the hardship of life; like a book can.
Three books that changed me:
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
A book about a man who justifies committing a terrible crime, and the moral and spiritual consequences of his actions. This book made me look at the way people think differently. It showed me that people really can justify any action they take, no matter how terrible. It showed me the logic involved with this man’s decision, so in the end you could see it from his perspective. It also gave me a hope that no matter what a person does they always have a chance for redemption and forgiveness.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book will change your life. Yeah, I know people say that and it’s exaggerated most of the time. Not here. I firmly believe this book can make people successful in their life. It’s a must read, and a must re-read.
- The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien.
These books deserve all the praise they get and more.This book taught me so much about what a real friend is, and what a commitment to your purpose really means. It’s about sacrifice, love, perseverance, bravery, and so much more. Want to teach yourself or your kids how to be better people? Introduce them to LOTR.