Books That Made a Difference

One of my favorite questions to ask my friend Becky is, “What are you reading?” She always seems to be ahead of the proverbial curve with her book choices. So when she posted 10 books that made a difference to her and asked me to do the same, I had to oblige! In truth, there are more like 1,000 books that have made a difference, but these few hold a special place because they moved, challenged, or molded me. 

1. Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’dell)

2. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)

3. Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

4. The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Waterson)

5. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

6. Just Mercy (Bryan Stephenson)

7. The Hiding Place (Corri ten Boom)

8. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

9. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)


  1. I couldn’t pass this up. #1 and #2 are also on my list, though I’d move Wrinkle In Time to number one. And you don’t even know how much it pains me to make a list without any explanation, but maybe I should save that for later blog posts. Anyway. Here’s my take:

    Wrinkle In Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
    The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
    Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
    The American (Henry James)
    Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)
    Touch Not the Cat (Mary Stewart)
    There’s A Boy In Here (Judy Barron and Sean Barron)
    Let Me Hear Your Voice (Catherine Maurice)
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
    Under the Banner of Heaven (Jon Krakauer)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s