Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books that changed my life. Now that we’ve been looking at our new beginnings all month, it’s time to see what inspired us!!
Honestly, why do I come up with these topics? I’m sure this sounded like a wonderful idea two months ago when I was writing topics, but now that I’m having to do it… ummm, I don’t know how to respond?! (Hence my later than normal posting time…)
top 5 books that changed my life
I have to give credit where credit is due. Em (@booksaboutem) and Sarah (@commasandampersands) 100% brain-stormed with me when I was losing my mind earlier. Seriously, someone remind me not to go too big on topics for next quarter!!
Throne of Glass — Sarah J Maas
Odd choice, I know. But hear me out!! Throne of Glass was one of the first (if not THE first) proper YA categorised book that I read as an adult. And by “adult”, I mean “in my 30s”. And I did not read this recently. Or in the last 5 years.
In fact, kudos to the bookseller who found me wandering aimlessly in the aisles of Dymocks that day. She asked if I was looking for anything in particular and I was like “I want a FUN fantasy book, but I’m at a loss.” We then went on to chat about what I had read and liked — and what I had read and didn’t like.
When she walked me over to the YA section, I was dubious. At best. BUT, she sold me on Throne of Glass (and Crown of Midnight), Poison Study (by Maria V. Snyder), and convinced me to give Daughter of Smoke and Bone another go (I had previously DNFed it).
That bookseller changed my life.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone — Laini Taylor
Strangely, this is not a continuation of the above story — although, I could make that happen. But Daughter of Smoke and Bone is special to me for a completely different reason.
Prior to reading (and finishing) this book, my hairdresser had been experimenting with colour in my hair. But, the most “out there” colour he had convinced me to go was purple.
After reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone (and honestly just being life inspired by Karou), Josh finally tipped me over the edge to getting one blue chunky foil. Which then turned into several chunky foils, and eventually became an entire head of blue hair.
While I have since been other colours, blue is the one colour that I keep going back to. It feels like me the most, and I have Karou (and Laini Taylor) to thank for that.
Enchantment — Orson Scott Card
Enchantment is the book that really, properly, inspired my love of Slavic folklore and fairytale retellings. Which I both love and hate.
I hate it, because Orson Scott Card is actually a not-so-great human. He is staunchly homophobic (and I mean that he is actively still trying to have marriage equality reversed), and he’s racist to boot. I’m not up to date on his platforms of hate, but I would hazard a guess that his beliefs also probably align with the Rowling’s of the world too. So, I intensely dislike supporting his work on my platform.
At the same time, I adore this story, and it has influenced me greatly. Enchantment is the book that pushed me into researching and learning about Slavic lore and mythology. It is also the book that inspired me to chase (and write) fairytale retellings — particularly modern ones that flip the story in some unique way.
This book absolutely changed my life, and while I love and appreciate the story, I wouldn’t recommend supporting the artist. BUT, if you see it in a second hard bookstore, do yourself a favour and buy it.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — Marie Kondo
I actually can’t believe that I’m putting this book… but it’s true. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is one of the best non-fiction books that I have ever read. In fact, after I read it, I felt like I had a new lease on life. I also got rid of more than two-thirds of my wardrobe. It was such a thrilling experience.
Even now, when something annoys me, or I have too many things in the way to find what I need, I start to categorise things to get rid of. I don’t always do it in the method that Kondo recommends. Sometimes I just do a kitchen drawer or my socks. But every time I find it invigorating.
The only things that I haven’t been able to apply her methods to, are books and stationery. And I think it’s because both of these things genuinely bring me joy. Which is actually the whole point. It has definitely made it easier to get rid of books that I did not enjoy though, so maybe it has worked?! I remember holding onto my copy of Cursed Child because I wanted the full set of books. But I genuinely hated that book (there are reasons, trust me), and the day that I sent it off to the second hand store made me so happy. It was like a whole weight lifted off my shoulders.
It’s a bit clichéd, but The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, did actually change my life.
The Scorpio Races
Ha! Did you think we were getting to the end of this list without The Scorpio Races?! You were sadly mistaken if you did.
The Scorpio Races is my favourite book. Of all time. I read it annually. My first edition signed and personalised hardcover is one my most prized possessions. However, that’s not why I love this book.
One of the most special things to me about The Scorpio Races is that it’s the book that made me realise that you can write a character-driven book in a fantasy setting. Apart from the fact that I think this is done AMAZINGLY well. It has this beautifully poetic writing style, that matches the quiet moments of the book. But it also has this slow (but sometimes fast) action-type plot that tricks you into thinking it’s a plot-based story. But it’s definitely not.
I know I talk about this book all the time, but honestly, I just LOVE the story and the writing so much. And it makes me happy.
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What are your top 5 books that changed your life?