Here are the books that have changed my life in some way; whether they've helped me come to terms with something, made me think about something in a different light, or understood me when no one else seemed to.
True Face by Siobhan Curham
I've always struggled with liking myself and being comfortable in my own skin. The media is so pressuring and books can be too, with their perfect characters that wouldn't know a flaw if it hit them in the face. Even though I have yet to get around to reviewing it, True Face is a book I turn to time and time again. In a world full of crap, it's a breath of fresh air and has words that every young person needs to hear.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
I've always believed in equality for everyone, regardless of their gender, race or sexuality, but it was only when I read Only Ever Yours that I realised that was feminism and that I am a feminist. For me, it highlighted a ton of issues that I hadn't realised existed, and also showcased things I'd put up with in life not knowing I shouldn't have had to.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
I rave about this one all the time and for good reason. It's so well written and made me and lots of other people feel less alone, plus it's easily the best book about mental health that I've ever read. I remember feeling so relieved when reading it because it just got me.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Unlike a lot of people, I didn't grow up with this series, as I only read it a few years ago. And, as much as I love it, I don't think it taught me any of the things other people say it's taught them. But it did introduce me to one of the loveliest, most enthusiastic fandoms I have ever seen, and it's given me common ground with people who later became some of my closest friends.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
At the end of 2013 when I was still struggling with agoraphobia (I still do to an extent but it was much, much worse back then) I read my first Stephanie Perkins book. This book centred around a teenage girl who flew from the US alone to attend boarding school in Paris even though she didn't speak a word of French. It made me think about the fact that there's a whole world out there and life is too short to stay indoors and miss everything. Since then I've really wanted to travel the world, with Paris being my first stop.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
It's been a while since I read this but it's still one of the most inspiring and motivational books I've ever read. It's about proving people wrong when they have little faith in you. It's about going from nothing to something. It's a subtle kick up the butt and I think everyone should read this whether you're a girl or not.
Which books hold a special place in your heart?