Friday, 29 May 2015

5 Books that Changed My Life

I am so sorry I have been on such a long hiatus everyone. It has been a very dramatic beginning to the year but that is no matter now, since I am back!! Anyways today I wanted to discuss the 5 books that have influenced my thoughts and opinions on life.

1. Annabel by Kathleen Winters
Annabel was an interesting book that at first I didn't know if I would like. In my grade 12 literature class we had to read this novel in a group and explain aspects that stood out. The novel, about an intersexed person (commonly and wrongly called hermaphroditism) is raised as a boy but identifies as both. It was interesting because the concept of gender had never occurred to me before. After reading this novel I was inspired to take a gender studies class. To say that my views on gender have changed and as a result I believe that this novel made me a more open and understanding individual. 
2. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Typical choice for anyone. It's always Hemingway or Fitzgerald that makes you want to expand your horizons in the literary word. For me it was Fitzgerald. The setting of the Great Gatsby makes my heart flutter at the prospect of the ceaseless parties and the illicit pleasure of crime. If I was not a firm believer in equal rights and suffrage, I would say I want to go back to this era. Howevr, not only does the Roaring twenties call to me but also the green light. Fitzgerald's use of metaphor left me breathless as I could connect with every word. This novel really inspires me to write and has influenced my own style.
3. Standing Tall by Spencer West
This memoir of Spencer West is a really touching tale. Spencer as a double amputee below the pelvis describes his life as he grows up to his remarkable climb up Mount Kulimanjaro on his hands. When I was still in high school I attended a conference for Me to We (a subsidiary of Free the Children) and  he was a speaker. Having heard his talk, I decided to volunteer for the following conference. It was one of the best experiences of my life!
4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
This novel more then anything was an intriguing read. Murakami is a painter with his words and although the novel is a translation of his Japanese first publication, the messages were still clear. This encouraged me as a writer to challenge myself and make a work that spoke to not just my country's audience but to the world. This novel also sparked my wish to translate and work on my language skills. 
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgentahler
This novel has I may have mentioned before is my favourite novel. Hands down the novel that convinced me that magic existed. Not of course in the spells and chants, but in the magic of creativity and imagination. I sometimes struggle to balance reality and the imaginary, however Morgenthaler makes me comfortable with embracing the unknown and throwing myself into this deep creative places.

These books are ones that I would highly reccomend if you want to have a good read! I saw this tag going around awhile ago but it took me ahi,e to actually sit down and write this hahaha.
As always I love you guys!