posted on Apr, 27 2006 @ 09:04 PM
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - These books simply take me away. Call them childish, call them cheap retellings of mythology, but
NEVER have I read any books that simply erase my world and surroundings and replace them with imaginary wonderland that Rowling created for me. I
have spent countless hours trapped in this wizarding world that only Rowling can call herself the master of; the ones that complain of her plagiarism
slightly annoy me, as I have seen minor things that could of been 'taken', but I don't believe in the significance.
Animal Farm by George Orwell - To be honest, I'm still in the process of analyzing this book; I'm only in 9th grade, so we are
actually right now in the process of being 'required' to read it. I have taken it as one of the most interesting required reading books, if not the
most interesting that I have ever had. His ingenius retelling of history while replaying it with playful animals is brilliant, to say the least. And
his quote "All animals are equal, some are just more equal than others." has brought new depth to many things that I hear and see in the every day
world. Orwell's 1984 could also be placed in this list.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - This book taught me the value of life at an early age. It was not required reading, but my
2nd grade teacher personally purchased a copy for all of her students. Few read it, but I took the time to do so. The fact that I remember most of
the storyline and how events played out in the book even now is enough to convince me that this book had an effect on my life.
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown - I don't know so much that the reason I liked this book is because I agree with the ideas in it as much
as that it was one of the building blocks that first encouraged me to research conspiracy. I don't agree with the various things mentioned to be
factual, but rather the ideas in it are some that I can relate to. As I said earlier, this was probably one of the first 'conspiracy' books I ever
read, and was actually the book that eventually resulted in me coming across ATS.
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank - This absolutely changed my life. I have never been able to directly relate to her, because I
know I have never been any situation that is even remotely similar to what these people had to endure. I find it incredibly sad that she met her fate
in a concentration camp, there are so many questions that I wish could of been answered with her words. Nevertheless, this book will stay in history
as mark of horrors past that should not come to pass ever again.
There are some others that could be placed in this list, but these are some of the most monumental books I have read. I really am tempted to place
Fahrenheit 451 in this list, but the last I read it was so long ago that I have forgotten many of the ideas and details expressed in it. Perhaps
after reading it again, I can respectfully add it to this list.