This was the first book that got me. I read The Bell Jar in a day because Sylvia Plath absolutely knew what I was going through. (The power of representation, y’all.) I think it was also one of the books that I read at exactly the right moment. I first discovered it when I was 16, which I think was the perfect age for me. I haven’t actually re-read it since, because I don’t know if anything could ever live up to those perfect moments.
I have studied The Great Gatsby at least 3 times now, I think? Once in high school, once in IB, and once at university. This was the first book that made me realise that I didn’t have to take everything at face value – that I could in fact question books and authors. This book made me realise that my opinions matter.
Okay. I’ve talked about this book before, mainly in the context of the fact that I haven’t read it yet. You’re probably wondering how a book that I haven’t even read has changed my life – well. This is the first out and proud queer book that I ever heard about, thanks to the Internet. Before this book, I didn’t even know queer people could be IN books.
This is the most recent of the books that have changed me. Once again, this is because of representation. I desperately wish that I could have read this book when I was 16, because I was Molly. Seriously, I have never connected to a character so much in my entire life. Becky Albertalli will always be in my favourite authors list for this one character.
This is not a typo, I promise. I wracked my brains, but I couldn’t think of a fifth book that changed me. Then it hit me – what if it’s the next book I read? What if it is your book, unknown reader? So I thought I would put question marks – because any book has the power to change my life. I just need to discover it.
What 5 books do you think have changed your life? Let me know!