Epic Reads recently put together a list of “30 Books That Will Change Your World View“.
I perused this list, as you do, because a) I love lists and b) I wanted to see what they considered “world changing” books.
These are Epic Reads’ pics:
Now you know I read a lot of a lot (yes, I’ve read 99 books this year already). So what did I think?
They’ve got some absolutely mind-blowing books on that list I 100% agree with! Hate List? Heck, yes. I’ll never be the same after that one. Unwind and The Fault in Our Stars? Absolutely!
But, maybe my book diet is a bit lacking, because I’ve actually only read 6 out of 30!
(Although is it fair to put Falling into Place on there?! That’s not even published yet.)
Reading is totally subjective, of course! But this list made me wonder what I consider books that changed my view of the world?
And, gosh, any excuse to make a list right?! I LOVE LISTS.
What makes a book “change my view of the world?”
Obviously this is different for each person. But me personally? I like books that make me think and show me a different viewpoint. There are billions of people in the world and they all have stories. Isn’t that kind of daunting to consider?! I’m daunted.
Without books I’d get to live one life. With books? I’ve lived 99 lives already this year.
Any book has the potential to change my view of the world but, these factors are the deal-makers-or-breakers:
– Is it well written?
– Does it feature a relatable protagonist?
– Have I been in a similar situation? This is not true for most books, because I live in my bedroom and not in Narnia, unfortunately.
– Does it feature intelligent characters?
– IS THERE FOOD?
– Does it show me a detail view-point of unique lives? Like people who are assassins for a living, or have cancer, or know how to draw, or practise karate.
– Did it make me laugh?
– Or cry?
– Or rethink my opinion on a subject?
I don’t ask a book to fit everything in that list! Heck, no!
But if a book is rubbing elbows with one or even four things? It’s got the potential to make a big impact on me.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
It made an impact on me by saying our lives are worth celebrating, no matter what.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
It taught me a lot about forgiveness. And family, too! And I bawled, so that’s always a plus.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
It showed me a very horrific and devastating incident (school shooting) from the viewpoint of someone close to the villain. Before that book, I’d never read anything like it. It changed my view of people can still love people who do wrong, and it doesn’t make them evil.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
It made me reconsider the entire concept of “friends”. If you can’t have the ultimate best awesome friends you’d like in your life…does that mean there’s no point rubbing elbows with people who aren’t up to “awesome friend standard”?
How To Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
It taught me the difference between sociopaths and psychopaths and how to rule the world as AN EVIL MASTERMIND VILLAIN. Why yes I took notes, why do you ask?
Books can change you. Don’t doubt it.
I’m still traumatically disturbed after reading Unwind. I will never ever recover. But I love that books change you. I want my values and ideals to be challenged so I can either a) rethink them or b) figure out why I think of something a certain way.
Cait has just returned from seeing an orchestra live and squealing. Lots of strings. Lots of clanging cymbals. She quite likes orchestras, but could happily see the piccolos fall off the stage and never ever return. (Sorry, not sorry, Mime.) Besides being opposed to shrill noises, Cait’s reading SOME BOYS and pretending to edit.