I read a lot. I love books, and dream of having a small library in my home when I’m older. Reading inspires me in so many ways. It also helps shape me into the person I am today, and who I’ll be in the future. To be a great writer, you have to read a ton. Here is a short list of books that have changed me (for the good). There are so many more, but these are the ones that always come to mind.
This book started it all. I was obsessed with series, and my mom got me every copy. This book in particular was my absolute favorite.
I remember the first time I read this book, mostly because it was the first time I had an anxiety attack. I was nine, and freaked out of my mind that something weird was going on with me. I know that all of my fears were kind of connected to this book. Posting this is hard, because I feel like I’m showing a part of me that I buried a long time ago.
I adored Frank McCourt, he made me want to be a honest writer. He also made me want to live in Ireland. But one thing that really made me appreciate this book was how his childhood seemed similar to mine.i grew up with a single mother also, and sometimes things got tough, but I swear my mom was and still is tougher than any problem.
Is this well written? No. Is it Pulitzer worthy? Hell no. Did it help me become more comfortable with being a woman, and talking about what I wanted? Yes. Coincidentally as I type this Fiona Apple’s “The Child is Gone” is playing in the background. Judge if you want, I won’t be pissed.
I’ve been a Sylvia Plath fan since I was 14, but I didn’t read this book until this past summer. You all know that I suffer from anxiety and depression. Well, this book made me realize that I could be okay. Maybe Sylvia didn’t make it out of her sadness, but I CAN and I WILL. I’m going to be okay. There are so many things I want to accomplish in my life, and anxiety or depression will not get in my way.