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06 March 2014 @ 09:28 pm
Writes Of Passage: 50 books that will change your life  
From the World Book Day website Young people and adults nominated the books that have rocked their worlds, to help us create the ultimate list of 50 BOOKS that will change YOUR life and keep you reading and these were the results. Bold the ones you've read, italic the ones you want to read; it's a World Book Day Meme :)

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
The Rats by James Herbert
The Shining by Stephen King
1984 by George Orwell
Lord Loss by Darren Shan
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Forever by Judy Blume (I didn't realise I'd missed one of hers!)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (I'm not saying it changed life for the better though :P )
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3⁄4 by Sue Townsend
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodie Picoult
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Gone by Michael Grant
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Divergent by Veronica Roth

A clean house is the sign of a misspent life: Northern lightsalphaflyer on March 7th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Our lists overlap to a surprisingly large degree, although when it comes to Twilight, I never made it past the spine....

The book on that list that I would pick to have most changed my life is "To Kill a Mockingbird". It is, in my view, The Perfect Book. In every possible way.

The one I am most glad NOT to see on that list is "Lord of the Flies". My kidlet just had to read it for school (has NOTHING else come up in the decades since I had to do the same thing?? I mean, seriously???) She spent a sleepless night because she kept seeing the deaths of Piggy and Simon playing out behind closed eyelids. Gah.
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on March 9th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
After I read Twlight I went looking for people to laugh at it with me because I thought it was meant to be a parody, ha. I have read all the books though so I can critque *grins*.

I can never pick favourites or ones that had the most impact on me. I think a lot of books changed me in different ways. I remember that To Kill A Mockingbird was one a friend of mine was reading in their English class when we were stuck with something boring I'd read before and I was jealous, so I borrowed it off him.

We also read this at school! We had to act out a scene and I made a fake cardboard knife with vaseline over painted on blood and cloth strips wrapped around the handle. I think my mum would have preferred nightmares ;) And the lack of female characters really annoyed me.