Yes indeedy, beloved readers! April 23rd is World Book Day…
I think on the loveliness of books – their power to transform, inspire, encourage and entertain – and wonder… who would we each be without them?
I ask myself that very question. Who would I be without Lizzie and Mr. Darcy? What if I’d never met Atticus Finch, never experienced his brand of courage to stand against injustice? How would I be different if I’d never walked through the wardrobe into Narnia, or hadn’t fallen in love with the South that is now gone with the wind? How would I understand anything about the fragility of life if I’d never read the haunting works of Elie Wiesel? Why, it is because of The Book that I have come to know and love Jesus – where would I be without Him?
Narrowing down my list is pretty painful, but here they are — my Top Ten List of amazing reads that have for one reason or another, changed my life:
10. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy
9. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
8. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
7. Harry Potter (Books 1-7), J.K. Rowling
6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
2. Night, Elie Wiesel
Aaaaah! There are just too many to name… right?
I’m not sure I can imagine me as I am without the books and the authors I love. In many ways, they’ve shaped who I’ve become. They’ve helped me have a broader understanding of the world (or at least another’s view of it), taught me to dream, opened my heart to love, fostered smiles and tears of joy, imparted wisdom, sparked inspiration, given hope, made me laugh, helped me heal, forced me to think, nudged me to believe, and above all – made me, me.
So, readers — while I’m away writing the final chapters on my next book, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Who makes your list? What stories made you, you?
What are your favorite books – and why?
With Joy — and wishing you HAPPY READING!