Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten/some] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
I was tagged by socknerd :)
I don’t like this one bc it makes me realise how very few books I’ve read that have actually impacted on me. For someone who used to consider herself an avid reader, it’s kinda disheartening, lol
1. Outside In by Chrissie Keighery - my friend lent me this book in Year 10 and it’s always one of the first books I think of when people ask me about fictional characters I relate to. It glimpses the stories of five teens, shows their behind-the-scenes struggles and the consequential repercussions in a more public forum. I’ve only recently managed to find a character with whom I more closely relate to than the pieces of myself I saw in each of these five kids. It was kind of spooky tbh
2. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty - I can hardly remember what actually happened in this one. All I know is that my cousin Jordan lent it to me when I was 14 and it made me angry at myself and was the initial spark in my mind that made me realise how badly I wanted to live for myself.
3. Harry Potter bc Harry Potter.
4. The Book of Mormon bc Jordan mentioned it and I’ll feel guilty if I don’t say it now. But, seriously, it has some pretty mindblowing things in it, parts that make me shiver, as well as parts that make me angry and I want to argue with but ‘ey what can you do?
5. Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey - we had to read this for English in Year 8 and I sobbed and heaved and cried and I’ve never cried so hard because of a book, it was so awful, everyone needs to read it.
6. I can’t remember what it’s called or who it’s by or any of the characters’ names, all I remember is that a boy in Ireland starts having this visions about how his best friend is going to die by drowning in the dam, so he pushes a shopping trolley into the dam so his friend, if he does fall in, will have something to stand on and prevent him from drowning. But when his friend falls in, his foot gets stuck on the trolley and he drowns anyway. Similar things happen as the protagonist ages; the old lady who used to baby sit him, his wife, perhaps his mum and/or brother (I really can’t remember) and he ends up causing all their deaths by trying to prevent them and he becomes an alcoholic and suicidal and yeah I think the author was very depressed, I hope he is okay. idk why my friend wanted me to read it so bad.
7. 1984 by George Orwell - we read it in class last year and it was hella rad in a hugely scary kind of way.
8. Looking for Alaska by John Green - everyone raves about TFIOS but this one, in my opinion, is Green’s best novel. Brought me up in goosebumps with how profound it manages to be, yet it’s still such an enjoyable read, even despite it’s traumatic ending. It’s an all-time-favourite of mine, the whole world may not benefit from reading it, but I think I did.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - just wow. It scares me how similarly my thinking patterns match up with Charlie’s, given his *ahem* past circumstances, but this book is just wow. Just wow.
10. I can’t think of a number 10?????????????
Also tagging people makes me feel hella annoying and that’s stress I can’t take rn sooooooooooooooooo sorry no tags today.
PS I wrote most of this last night so it’s probs chockers with typos and such.