Personal Literary Canon
10 books that shaped me as a person
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars spoke to me deeply through the characters. As a child I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and was on mild chemotherapy for three years. From having to go through this as a child I could really relate to the characters and what they were going through. I have always enjoyed romance novels, even the sad ones, and this book is not short of that. It is one of my all time favorite novels.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon was my absolute favorite book as a child. My mom would read this to me every night before I went to bed for the first three years of my life. After a while I started reading it to her. This book is so important to me because it is the first book that I ever read all by myself. I don't actually remember the first time I read this but my mom told me that she was so excited and I was too.
The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible has shaped my life more that anything. Though I have not read the entire book I have read enough for it to greatly impact my life and how I live it. This book has taught me everything I need to know about living my life right and how to treat other people. I love this book because no matter how many times I read it I still enjoy reading it. Also every time i read it I learn something new and grow as a person.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy is important to me because it helped to shape the style of literature I enjoy. Other than romance, science fiction is my favorite style of writing. The Hunger Games Trilogy is the reason for that. When I read these books in middle school I instantly fell in love with them. The suspense throughout all three books was phenomenally written.
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
The Junie B. Jones books have not shaped me with their actual text but the memories my mom and I shared through reading these books is priceless. When I was about 4 my mom bought me the first book in the series. At the time, I couldn't read all of the words in the book so my mom read me one chapter every night before I went to bed. After about a month we had bought and read the first five or six books in the series. I will never forget this sweet time I shared with my mom. Even though the the books themselves didn't do a lot for me I feel like the bonding time my mom and I got through reading them was imperative to my childhood and helped to shape my relationship with my mom, (which is very good by the way).
Nicholas Sparks Books
Nicholas Sparks is my all time favorite author. Although his books are not truly realistic, they have still helped me shape my sense of romance. The style in which Sparks writes is perfect for his stories, which are beautiful. My favorite of his books is A Walk to Remember because of the message sent through. It is a perfect example of how true love can completely change someone for the better.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I read Number the Stars in fourth grade during our immigration unit. This book really spoke to me as a little kind-hearted nine year old girl. It was the first time I ever truly grasped what people overseas went through. I felt so bad for this little girl and everything she went through to try and get to America. I learned a lot about the Holocaust and the struggles that these people had to face and it really made me feel for them.
Sarah Dessen Novels
Sarah Dessen is an amazing author and has so many great pieces. In middle school I read almost all of her books that were out at the time. These books helped me to immerse myself in an alternate world throughout my middle school years. Reading them taught me multiple significant lessons that I still utilize today. My favorite of her books is Dreamland because of the suspense throughout the novel and the morals behind it.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is important to me because it taught me the true meaning of friendship. It also taught me that no matter how close or far you are from your best friends you are still best friends. Because of this book my two best friends and I never worry about losing our friendship. We know that one of us could go anywhere in the world and the other two would still have their back. And then eventually we would all be back in the same place again.
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
The Twilight Saga was a huge part of me as a young adult because after reading the first novel of the saga I wanted to write books myself. I tried to write a couple books but they weren't very good. I don't want to write anymore but as a middle school girl it was my dream. These four books shaped my writing style and helped me to understand the meaning of complex writing. When reading these books I fell in love with the characters and the suspense of Bella's choice between Edward and Jacob, (I was always team Edward).