I came across an article recently that listed 10 books that are important to read in your formative years--books that make you think, make you change the way you see the world, make you search to discover what you really believe. That list got me thinking about which 10 books I read as a teen that influenced me or changed me in some way. Here is my list, in no particular order. What books would you add to your list?
1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Who didn't want sisters like the ladies? This book made me laugh, cry, and want to hug all of the people I love.
5. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
After reading this book, I became convinced that I could totally survive in the wild.
6. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R. Tolkein
8. Dune by Frank Herbert
9. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
10. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
11. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery
Okay, maybe I'll have to add one more to my list. This series by Anne McCaffery was instrumental in teaching me to persevere and inspired me to write many of my own stories.