The 5 Most Important Books I’ve Read

Topic #199:

List the 5 most important books you’ve ever read. Don’t think too much, just get a pen, or open a new post, and start listing books. When you’re done, go book and write a sentence or two about why each book ended up on your list. Do you think those books would have been more or less important had you read them at a different time in your life? Or would each one have effected you just as much regardless of when you read them?

In no particular order:

1. the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This book series really brought my family (particularly my mother and sister) closer together. It was always fun anticipating the book releases and trying to plow through the book as quickly as possible so as to hand the book off to the next person waiting in line at home.

2. the Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

During a particularly hard time in my life, this book made me realize something important: everyone has a place in life and can affect the rest of your life in the most profound ways. It made me feel that even someone like me could make some kind of difference in one person’s life that can affect them in the long run and even be met in their afterlife.

3. For One More Day by Mitch Albom

When I read this book, I felt really sad and guilty. A lot of things in there resonated with me and made me realize the shit I put my mother and father as I was growing up. It put a lot of things into perspective and I try really hard not to take advantage of the precious time I have with those I love.

4. the Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, M.D.

I’m reading this book now and its been really helpful in seeing how twisted my thinking can be and how to work my way through thinking more positively. Its a struggle, but I’m slowly making progress to try to undo years of negative thought patterns.

5. the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

During my youth, I had read a lot of books. Besides the Trumpeter Swan and the Baby-Sitter’s Club, the Nancy Drew books were really inspiring to my young and impressionable self. This is especially true when I had a hard time being a girl who liked video games and boy’s toys. The idea of a damsel in distress didn’t sit well with me at times, which made reading Nancy Drew a lot of fun for me. This was a fictionalized character who could do tasks thought to be male only but was also very bright and capable on her own! My only regret was not having enough money then to buy more books or to have the resources to go to the library to borrow more of the books to read at home.