Books That Changed My Life

(Editor's Note: This is not a reccomended reading list for homeschool students. This is a reading list for mature readers ONLY! Please be certain your student is ready for heavy topics & has your guidance if you choose to allow them to read any book on this list.  As always, the more involved you are in mentoring, the better off your student's reading experience.) 

Let me be clear, this is NOT a list of my favorite books. Many of the books I am about to list would not even make my "top 10" as far as my actual favorite  books go.  By favorite I mean books that I enjoy reading, whether entertaining or instructing, they are books I enjoy again & again.  Books that I totally "geek out" over ... these ARE NOT those kind of books!

What these books ARE???

Game changing. Life altering. Soul wrenching.

These are the books that lifted the rose-colored glasses from my eyes. The books that, once read, changed the way I viewed my world, for better or for worse. 

Not all of these books will be grabbed off the shelf every year and poured over with delight. Actually, some of these books I read just the one time. The Bible being the obvious exception ... that Book is on my TBR list everyday!

I began this list whilst considering what books were important for my children to read before graduation. Some of these books I am still prayerfully considering since they changed me as a person so radically. Some due to their content, or form. Some due to my season of life, or perception of my world at that given time.  In short, please choose with your child considering where they are, and who they are, before suggesting any of the books listed below.  These books changed me ... for good, or worse, jaded, or joyful ... these books will change you.  You must decide if you want, or need to be changed.  

These books stripped away forever the lack of knowledge that I may have possessed,  and that changed how I viewed life. Helped form me as a person. Stories that made me see the truth.

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know." 

~ William Wilberforce

•Gone With the Wind by: Margaret Mitchell
To Kill A Mockingbird by: Harper Lee
•The Giver by: Lowis Lowry
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
1984 by: George Orwell
East of Eden by: John Steinbeck 
•The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald 

The Sun Also Rises by: Earnest Hemingway
Farenheight 451 by: Ray Bradbury
Night by: Elie Weisel 
•Flowers for Algernon by: Daniel Keyes

Middlemarch by: George Elliot
The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstien
•La Petit Prince by: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What are your "Game Changer" books?

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