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10-Day Challenge: 4 Books

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The #10DayChallenge is just days away from completion, and somehow, I find it harder to narrow down my lists as the days go by. From 10 secrets down to 4 books, it really is a challenge.

But thanks to a recent tag-your-friends Facebook meme, I know how to answer this blog post. Because, honestly, prior to that meme (and it took me almost a week to come up with a list of ten memorable books), I'd have such a hard time coming up with a list.

I've always considered books to be one of my life's biggest influences, and out of the zillions I've read in my relatively short lifetime, asking me to write down my favorites is almost tantamount to, say, asking me who my favorite sibling is.

Anyway, without further ado, here are just four out of the many, many, many books that have somehow made an impact in my life:

1) The Shadow of the Wind

Written by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the story is set in post-war Barcelona. I loved how he wove such an intricate story-upon-story, his choice of words, and how fast-paced it was. Myserious and poetic, every possible nuance related to the characters, the events, and the settings were almost palpable. I tend to gravitate towards authors with a descriptive style of writing — even if, at times, they employ run-on sentences — simply because I absorb everything about what I'm reading. This is still my favorite out of everything Zafón has written so far.

2) The Giver

I've recently blogged about seeing the movie adaptation of this book, which you can check out. In a nutshell, the movie will never be able to compare to the wonder that was Lois Lowry's written work. I first read it in the 4th grade, and a few more times until I had to write about it for school in the 7th grade. As a pre-teener, it was such an eye-opener for me to come across a dystopian world for the very first time; it was also probably the first time for me to encounter a coming-of-age theme. It was very relevant to me at the time because I was also coming to terms with who I wanted to be and what I wanted to stand for in my life.

3) The Harry Potter Series

Every time a new Potter book would be released, it felt like waking up on Christmas Day. I miss rising at the crack of dawn, lining up in bookstores with other Potterheads, just to say, "I was one of the first to have a copy of this book." All seven books were just as magical as each of the spells and charms uttered by the characters. Beliefs and faith aside, I can go on and on and on almost endlessly about how much this series means to me, but there will never be enough words for it. No matter how many times I say "Accio!"

4) To Kill a Mockingbird

I was probably around 11 or 12 when I read this book for the first time, and then I read it again in my sophomore year of high school when it became a requirement for school. I remember how bothered I was when I encountered racism and injustice as book themes for the very first time. Being removed from that situation in the US (historically and geographically, that is), I had to come to terms with the fact that all these happened and were happening in what I thought was a progressive, liberal country. I felt like I had to grow up along with the children depicted in the book.

I wish I could write about the numerous other books that I've come to love through the years, but this would ages to accomplish.

What I will add, though, is probably the most important book — rather, Book — that has changed and continues to change my life. And it's the Bible. Its words come alive every single time I read it; I consult it for important and even for trivial decisions that need to be made; it serves as a source of comfort and encouragement in times of need; and its richness begs to be studied over and over again. I always feel God's presence every time I read it.

What are some of your favorite books? If you can't name them (believe me, I know how hard this is), then what are some of the more memorable ones that you've read? Feel free to comment and share; chances are, if you've written something I haven't read yet, I'll probably head over to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy ASAP.

Stay tuned for the last three days of my #10DayChallenge!

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  1. Awww I loved reading this! :)

  2. Mia! I knew a fellow bookworm like you would appreciate answering book-related memes! Haha! Thanks for dropping by! :D

  3. If you loved To Kill a Mockingbird, check out The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, if you haven't already. Rounding out the rest: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King; Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark; and One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick.

    I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series as well. I've read some pretty good books I did not list; I agree, it's a hard list to write.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! Looking forward to the next long weekend (or break, in general) so I can read all these.


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