Today is my birthday!
If you followed Monday’s post, you’ll know I’m splitting my birthday celebration into two parts 🙂 I created a tag called 20 years of books and birthdays to talk about the books I’ve read throughout my life that have greatly impacted my life/personality/reading habits/etc.
In part 1, I talk about books 1-10 which I mainly read in my childhood. Part 2 below includes books I read more recently!
Hope you enjoy~
11. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ve only read I’ll Give You the Sun once but I remember it becoming my favorite book for years. I don’t remember much about it now but I recall becoming more self-confident after reading it. I think I learned from the teen characters in the book and wanted to be a better person afterwards.
12. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses is the OG amazing Vampire book. It started my love for the paranormal creatures before other books like Vampire Academy or Twilight came about. Not many people know about this series but please read it if you get the opportunity to do so~
13. Fang by James Patterson
Book #6 of the Maximum Ride series. I loved the main character Max and grew up wanting to be as independent, as strong, as charismatic, as captivating, as intelligent as her. I don’t remember exactly why I loved this book specifically but when i was looking through titles for this list, Fang just stuck out most to me. TBH the plot was probably just amazing. I need to reread it soon~
14. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is significant to me in terms of two things. One, I really liked the different factions in the books. It kinda made me reflect on what I wanted to be known for – e.g. whether I was erudite, candor, etc. Two, I think Tris was the first true kick-ass heroine that I loved (at least in book 1). She inspired me and probably many young girls to be dauntless and even divergent.
15. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy is the second Vampire series that I love and will defend forever! Rose Hathaway (the main character) is sassy, takes no bullshit, and can fight to defend herself and her loved ones. Another female protagonist who I wanted desperately to learn from!
16. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Another iconic book! TBH I never really loved The Hunger Games series at the start but I reread it when the movies were released/I matured a little more, and I got it. I really liked the values that Katniss stood for and how she protected her loved ones. THG taught me that there are some things in life that are worth fighting for and everyday I live by that.
17. Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie
I read the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series in 2017 at a horrid time of my life. I was having major national exams and needed a break. This NA series taught me that it was okay if things don’t always work out in life and that good things come to those who wait. I loved reading about the characters so much that this last book was so bittersweet. I was sad that the story was ending but grateful that after their darkest days came a true happily ever after.
18. Trick by Natalia Jaster
Trick is the best NA book I’ve ever read. I never knew NA fantasy was really a thing until I read this masterpiece. Natalia Jaster continues to impress with every book and I’m so grateful that they exist when I need pick-me-ups and humor and some romance in my life ❤
19. More than Forever by Jay McLean
This is the newest book I’ve read which made it to this list. I read More than Forever at a very appropriate time as I neared my 20s. It’s always nice to know that it’s okay for relationships and plans not to work out because you’re young and to realise that things will be fine in the end. I needed this in 2019 and I’m glad I read and fell in love with this book. You can check out my review of More than Forever here!
20. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic is a very unique book in this list. I’ve struggled to finish it for almost a year now but I refuse to DNF it because I actually love love love the parts that I have read. And because I’ve been midway through this novel for a long time, I feel like the book has become a staple of my nineteen year old life. So in honor of my last year as a teen, I’m including A Darker Shade of Magic in this list.
I spent a long time thinking about the 20 books that meant the most to me over my 2 decades alive. I’m extremely grateful to have read about worlds that intrigued me and met characters who inspired me. I hope that I will continue to love reading for as long as I live 🙂
If you’ve read this far, I hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know what books have greatly impacted your life!