Back in the earlier part of June, Cait @ Notebook Sisters posted her version of Epic Read’s meme about 30 YA books that changed their world. I’m now stealing the idea and posting my top 30 as well! And because I’m so into categories, I’ve split my books into the reasons why they changed my world.
The Fault In Our Stars – it’s okay to thing big and ponder your place in the universe (and maybe be a bit pretentious), but don’t forget that even the smallest action can change a person’s life; and “you don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you”.
The Beginning of Everything – seeing someone in a way that makes them more than they really are will only damage relationships
If I Stay – would I choose to stay? If given the choice to leave this world, would I be brave enough to stay, despite the wreckage I may face?
Allegiant – what does it truly mean to be selfless and brave?
Fangirl – there is always someone, somewhere, who will love you just as you are, and maybe in that you will change into a better version of yourself
Ignite Me – your first love doesn’t have to be your last love; people come into our lives for a seasons sometimes, and it’s okay to say goodbye
Looking for Alaska – “the only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive”; and “we need never be hopeless, because we are never irreparably broken.”
The Giver – I wish I could remember more about this book (I read it in 9th grade almost 6 years ago), but I know that I was thinking about the themes and ideas for days after
To Kill a Mockingbird – does being a child mean your opinions are invalid?
Me Since You – I identified with this story in so many ways it’s scary. But reading about it forced me to face my own real life issues, and I almost went through the stages of grief along with the main character. In the end, I wept and wept in the most beautiful moment of catharsis that I desperately needed.
Ender’s Game – You know that time in your life where you think you’re all alone in your uniqueness and you think no one will understand you? Well – this book came along during that time. I saw a lot of myself in Ender, and the book was my companion during college.
Eragon – I read this book OVER AND OVER in my elementary and jr. high days. Whenever I was bored, or basically any negative emotion – I read this book. It was my comfort blanket.
Perks of Being a Wallflower – Similar to Ender’s Game in that I felt understood in a hard year of high school.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – I actually read Me Since You right about the same time as Amy & Roger, and the themes of this one were very similar, as far as dealing with loss. Another message I needed to hear to work through some of my issues.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – I read this for my final project in college, examining the parallels between the series and the Bible. I was struggling as a Christian, and this one really helped with the spiritual journey, and understand some of the tenets of my faith.
Dragonspell – This was one of the first dragon books I read, and I actually found it at my church library. It’s still one of my favorites to this day, and I have the whole series that I stare at lovingly each time I pass it on my bookshelf.
The Final Storm – I really don’t remember much of this series, but that this is the third book, and I wept buckets at the end. I just know that it really impacted me when I was 12 ish.
Harry Potter – Does anything need to be said about this series? I’ve been reading it since I was 8, and it’s essentially shaped my childhood.
Crane – I think this is the fourth book in the series, but it was my favorite. I’m pretty sure this is the beginning of my love for the “girl disguises herself as a boy to embrace her full badassness” trope. Plus, the martial arts focus was interesting to me.
Maximum Ride – This was the only book about angels that I’d read before Angelfall, and I’ve only read the first three. But I was absolutely enthralled with the first book, and couldn’t put it down.
The Phantom Stallion – This was the oldest series I can remember reading, and there was like 20 something books. I read them ALLLLL and it fed my horse-loving self.
City of Bones – I’ve told this story before: COB returned me to reading as an adult. It may not be a literary masterpiece, but it showed me that reading isn’t just college textbooks.
Fablehaven – I haven’t read the final book, but I loved all the ones before it. It was another that fed my imagination and need for magic.
The Lightning Thief – I was giggling pretty much 90% of the book, and there were also some unexpected feels and huge emotional attachments I didn’t expect. This was the first series from last summer that just made me relax and lose myself in a book for a few hours.
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Anna and the French Kiss started the journey, but Lola solidified my conversion to the idea that not all fluffy contemporary is bad! Plus, CRICKET BELL ❤
Champion – Why is a book that made me sob horrifyingly for a good ten minutes on this list? Because it was amazing, that’s why. It was fast-paced, heartbreaking, and so realistic that I just could not put down the book.
Steelheart – WORLD BUILDING. And character building. It was all fabulous. Plus, X-Men meets futuristic with flipped bad-guy/good-guy battles? I’m all in!
The Assassin’s Blade – I never thought I’d love novellas, but at more than 400 pages this isn’t really a “collection of novellas” – it’s a novel. I loved stepping back and seeing Celaena’s origins, and SAAAAMMM (insert Dean Winchester yelling SAMMAY right *here*)
The Winner’s Curse – I was transported into a completely new world, and it had all of the tropes I love: aristocrat/slave separation, forbidden romances between castes (that doesn’t turn whiney), war, politics, secrets – oh man it was everything.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters – I don’t think I could say anything that I didn’t say in my review, but I’ll repeat that this book gave me ALL THE FEELS. I loved the characters, their relationships, the plot, the villains – all of it. And DAT EPILOGUE ❤