The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic is: books that influenced my life.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. I don’t know what it was about this series, but I’ve read and re-read them more times than any other book I’ve ever owned. That’s not saying much since I rarely re-read anything, but these books really spoke to me as a kid. And I’d like to think I’ve carried a bit of Laura with me over the years.
Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss. I think this book helped encourage my love of the silly and the ridiculous. Anything by Dr. Seuss is always a win, but this was hands down my all-time favorite. I remember pushing it under the bathroom door to get my brother to read it to me. He didn’t, but I still tried.
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series. My absolute number one favorite series ever. Every so often, I give it a re-read just to see if it’s still as funny as it was the first time and every time it gets better. Earlier this year, I decided to pick up The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in audio, narrated by Stephen Fry. Best decision ever. The combination of his posh, serious voice reading such ridiculousness brought tears to my eyes. Anytime I’m feeling down or the world seems hopeless, I grab my copy and read a few pages. Things always seem less dire knowing that the Earth isn’t in danger of being vaporized.
Harry Potter. Now, I was an adult when the first novel was released. I was actually pregnant with my first child when I started reading them. That same child later grew into an absolute Potterhead (she’s 19 now) and it’s been a blessing. She and I are nothing alike at all, but we’ve definitely bonded over all things Harry Potter.