My 3 Most Meaningful Books

A good friend of mine recently put me onto an interesting podcast called 3 Books with Neil Parischa, and I was hooked from the first episode. 3 Books is a 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most informative books in the world. Each episode focuses on a different book-related person (Author, reader, librarian, book seller, etc) and the question posed is the same each time - 'What three books have had the most impact on your life?'

Neil is an amazing host, and someone I'd love to meet one day (putting it out there - who knows, maybe he'll interview me one day). Anyway, it got me thinking about my own three books. What three books have had the most impact on me in my life? After a lot of thought, here are my three:


Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Marukami - Not only did I love this book and the madness of Marukami's tales, but it was the first book that my husband and I read at the same time. We've done this a handful of times since, and I always love it when we manage to make it happen. Having someone to talk to about a book as crazy as this, was so much fun, and the fact that I got to do with my husband was so special. Sharing books with people you love is such a beautiful experience.


The Famous Five by Enid Blyton - I can't pick only one from the collection, so I'm counting the entire collection as one book (if this is cheating, so be it). These books were so special to me as a child, and it instilled a huge love of books. These books were so enjoyable, and I remember staying up late at night to read them even when I knew I'd regret it in the morning. These were books that made me fall in love with reading, so I had to include them.


Room by Emma Donghue - I first listened to this book as an audiobook a few years ago, and then just a few months ago I read the book. I loved it both times. In fact, now that I have a child of my own, I found the second reading of it even more heart-wrenching. I loved this book so much. It wasn't just the simple enjoyement of it, but also the impressive way it was written with an interesting viewpoint from the child. Most of all, this book is special to me, because it's a book that I want to write. As an author, I hope to one day write a book that has this sort of impact on people.


Other books that almost made the cut: The Eight by Katherine Neville, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, The Magus by John Fowles, and The Little Prince by Antoinne de Saint-Exupery. I'm sure there are others, but I have mommy brain (my excuse anyway). Sometimes a book can be special because it's a book you needed to read at that particular time in your life. Sometimes a book is special simply because you lost yourself in the story. Books are like people. They're your friends. They're there for you when you need them. I'd love to know what your three books would be!