I unsubscribed from a lot of popular vloggers and went and found myself a great community of BookTubers. So I've been spending a lot of time in this kind of sort of world of book blogging, and I saw a tag I really wanted to do.
Ready for this? Great!
The following are my top 10 most influential books to date. I think I might do this post every other year to see what's changed.
10. Magnus by Sigmund Brouwer
For a very long time, this was the only Christian fiction I liked. It was the first Christian fiction book I read and also one of the first high fantasy. I think it shaped a lot of my taste in fiction.
9. Miracle on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
I don't know what it is with this book, but I just think of it fondly. It's one of those books that I kept coming back to. Its also the first (longish) book I remember reading in one sitting. (Okay, my mom read it to me, but still.)
8. Heist Society by Ally Carter
I absolutely loved this book. For me, it showed that solid, clean writing could still sell will in YA without being rated practically R.
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
For a long time, this was the only 'adult' classic I liked. I like a few others now, but I'm still a big fan of this book. It made me think more than most others put together.
6. The School Story by Andrew Clements
I think this was the book that really made me think about writing. It made publishing a book seem easy, fun, and doable, even for a fourth grader like me. (That's how old I was when I read it.)
5. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
I read this book very soon after I started studying the draft of writing. This single book taught me more about this mysterious 'voice' that we hear about in writing books and on blogs than every other article and book on voice I've ever read.
4. Dealing with Dragons by Patrica C. Wrede
This is the first book I remember reading by myself that wasn't Henry and Mudge or Flicka, Ricka, Dicka. My sister loaned it to me and I read and re-read it over and over. That paperback copy in my room has seen more falls from trees, long boring car trips, and splashes of milk as it hit my cereal than any one book deserves.
3. Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle
This was a book that really made me think. I was only a third grader when I read it, and it was the first novel I read in a day. I think that marked my transformation into a fully fledged book worm.
2. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw
This was the first YA book I read. It was also the only historical fiction I liked for a very long time. This book, I think, first got me interested in spies, intrigue, and thoroughly romantic books whose main plot wasn't the romance. All in all, a very wonderful book!
1. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
You guys have probably heard me sing the praised of The Thief more than you ever wanted to, but for me, this is the most well written series ever crafted. It taught me so much, first as a reader, then a learned, then a writer. The author put so much work into the words of this book that every time I read it, I find a new little gem tucked away in the prose or dialog. I think this book shaped my taste in reading and writing almost single-handedly.
So there you go, the top 10 most influential books in the life of Sarah Faulkner. Anyone who would like to is welcome to do this tag, but I will tag:
If you guys want to do the tag, feel welcome. Either way, let me know 2 or 3 of the most influential (fiction) books in your life.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!