I’ve always been a big reader and have been known to read a book a day (on a good day). So when you calculate that with the amount of years I’ve been reading. That’s alot of books. It gets to a point though when I can remember the title but not always what it’s about, until I flip the book over and read the synopsis that I remember I’ve read it.
But, there are those books that stick with you long after you’ve read the last page. Some that leave you with that light feeling in your chest when the outcome is good, or those that have you sobbing and reaching for another kleenex. It’s those ones that I’ll forever be changed by. Whether it be dramatic or subtle some books have that capability to make a difference, be it on purpose or otherwise.
One thing I have noticed is regardless of whether I’ve finished a book, stopped halfway through or the content was shocking at best, I’ve always learnt something from reading them.
For instance, who would have thought of all those ways of killing vampires from decapitating, to silver bullets, to killing the head honcho vamp to get rid of the rest. What would we do without Bram Stoker, Stephenie Meyer, Kirsty Eagar etc writing about those things. I’ve had those dreams where I’ve run into a vampire and time has frozen and all I could think about asking is ”So which sort are you? The Twilight Edward type that sparkles, or the freaky scary type that will try to bite me in a dark alley just because you’re thirsty? Would a blood bag do or do I have to get out that silver stake and a lighter?” See if I hadn’t read these books where would I be without learning something. Who knows when I’d need that info. And yes, I have a very active imagination
Here are a few YA books that have done their part for me.
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Meet Ed Kennedy — underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love
Before I die by Jenny Downham
Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her ‘To Do Before I Die list’. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out. BEFORE I DIE is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge.
(The Tomorrow Series got me thinking alot)
When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.
So, which books have changed you?