This post originally started out on Facebook when I was tagged in a similar post by my friend Dana and asked to name the 10 books that changed my life. As I created my list and kept finding I was giving longer and longer reasons so the list got copied here and will be found below the break.
Before I start the list I feel I should define what I mean by Books That Changed My Life. For me, the books listed below have had the same effect as a gateway drug opening up new authors, style of writing or genres to me. Many books on this list won’t be a surprise to anyone who looks at this list on a regular basis.
Finally, the list is roughly in time order from my childhood, however, as I didn’t note down exactly when I first read them please excuse any mistakes. The ten books are:
Originally posted on the 28th of March 2007 on my (now dead Bebo account!)As I recently purchased a new copy of the book after my old one went missing I thought it was a perfect time to re-blog this – with a few changes to the spelling and grammar.
This is not really a blog entry but something I think people may be interested in. It was my birthday on Monday and for my birthday my wonderful mum brought me a book called “The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne. However, my mum had wrapped the front and back covers of the book as she didn’t want me reading the blurb on the back (as it ruins the story completely). While I looked odd reading it on the train – and probably got many odd looks – my enjoyment was improved. As I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s enjoyment I won’t do any further into it. However, to give you a small idea what the book is about here is the blurb from the hardback edition:
“The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to cross such a fence!“
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is available to buy from all good bookshops