The summer before I started college, I finally gave in to societal pressure and joined Facebook. I accepted any friend request from people who went to my high school or would go to my college, filled out every note about yourself trend, accepted every game request, and pretty much experienced everything Facebook had to offer. Remember bumper stickers and flair? I had hundreds of those.
Eventually, as college classes became harder and I started to settle on a group of friends, my Facebook activity died down. I deleted “friends” I had never spoken to on campus. I stopped writing notes and statuses with trivia about myself as it came to the point where I got no likes or comments. I stopped playing online games and started playing board games with my friends. Basically, I became a real friend, instead of a virtual one.
My Facebook friends have passed around this “Books That Have Touched Your Life” thing for the past few weeks. I finally got tagged today by one of my friends. Normally, I would not bother to write it out, no matter how many people tag me. However, I cannot resist the opportunity to recommend books. I present to my readers, my list:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. The first of Shakespeare’s comedies I read. It taught me Shakespeare doesn’t kill everyone off in his plays.
- Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The first retelling of a fairy tale I came across where the “princess” completely takes charge of her “destiny”. She also wants people to see more in her than just beauty and appreciate her intelligence and resourcefulness.
- Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel. This book first explained the difference in how the minds of men and women work differently in a way I could understand.
- Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. I have mixed feelings on Dave Ramsey and his methods, but my husband and I have definitely benefitted from his class. He has good advice on how to prioritize money.
- Astronomy and the Bible by Don DeYoung. This book and the first class I took with Dr. DeYoung helped me think beyond the scientific theories I had been taught as fact in public school. This helped me make science mesh with my faith more easily.
- The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel. I saw the movie before I knew about the book, but both helped me realize the everyday things make up the best love story.
- Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary. I read the books about this mouse as I transitioned from a normal student to an advanced student in the 5th grade. They gave me something familiar as I transferred to a different English class in the middle of the school year.
- Moby Dog and other Adventures of Wishbone books. Wishbone helped give me an appreciation for the classics in elementary school. Moby Dog is the first chapter book I remember reading to my dad.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. The first book I read where I imagined additional adventures for the characters. Also, the first book I have read until the spine has almost fallen apart.
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. The first book I had to read for school I actually liked.
I didn’t write my list in any particular order. This list contains both fiction an non-fiction with a variety of genres/topics for both. Let me know if any of you have read these books and how they have impacted you.