Bookworm Review: 10 ‘Impact’ Books

Developing a reading culture is not about trend but content. It’s not about reading what everyone’s reading, it’s about soaking and sinking into a world that captures your mind and leaves you full afterwards.

I got tagged on Facebook sometime ago to state 10 books that have made the biggest impact on my life.

These are not listed in any order because books are like children, you should not have any favourites.


1) The Bible by God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth


The #1 best-seller. The most read, the most burned book in history. This book has given me hope, encouragement and a future in the face of loss and disaster. I’ve been at my happiest and my lowest, my most confused and most clear with this book by my side.

How it impacted me: It is the only book in my life I have been consistently reading, memorizing and quoting since I could read so I think it deserves first mention.

2) Every book in the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


I only read this in Uni but the Harry Potter series is, in my opinion, by far, the most well-written fiction novel I have ever read. It has the perfect balance of fantasy, romance, humour, adventure, grief and violence. It is the only book that I have the audio book of and listened through twice, in addition of reading through the series at least twice.

How it impacted me: It drew me in as to how a writer could make you feel so much a part of something that isn’t real with just words. It inspired me that when I write a series, having a hole-less storyline was possible. Solid plot from day one.

3) Laugh Digest #116 by Archie Comic Publications


Every person should have a book they read in the toilet unwind to. Mine, since primary school, has been Archie.

How it impacted me: Fueled my dependence on a toilet textbook. I liked this particular digest so much I never returned it to the Rent-and-Read store where I got it about 15+ years ago. Sorry, ma’am.

4) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery


The smartest student in the entire Form 3 recommended it to me. She did me a favour.

How it impacted me: First time I cried when someone died in a book.

5) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


Every person should get one book out of their system. That crappy book that you have a love-hate relationship with. Smartest student in my college class was passing this disease around in 2006. I caught the viral infection unfortunately. Yes, I read it 7 times. Yes, I have the Chinese version. Yes, I liked it. No, I don’t anymore. No, I will not lend it to you as toilet paper.

How it impacted me: It opened my eyes to see that not every book written should be read. Discretion is advised.

6) Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught


My mum told me that romance novels were trash and that I was forbidden to read them. In retrospect, I should have listened to her. You really get hooked on. The plot isn’t garbage as much as the picture of perfect men and relationships that it painted.

How it impacted me: Deception aside, I learnt to express myself in descriptive writing through these books. The author taught me to pay attention to details.

7) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking


Just a couple of months ago I was researching the meaning of time for a short video I was doing. You’d think reading an excerpt from the most brilliant mind alive would make you feel stupid, but I didn’t. I didn’t understand a lot of what he wrote (the pictures helped), but what I did understand left me astounded that someone would think so beautifully of something I took so often for granted.

How it impacted me: I learned to examine the relationship between time and myself on my own terms. And that an atheist can be objective about God if he wanted to be.

8) The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

time keeper

My obsession with time-related literature was piqued when I first read this book about a man who invents time and suffers the consequences.

How it impacted me: The wise axioms about the expressions of time from the book still are fresh in my memory.

9) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen


I needed a thesaurus for this. Bless the kind soul who made explanatory notes at the back. Old School romance is the best.

How it impacted me: Written in 1813, I have so much respect for a woman author who was so bold about telling her story. I have no excuse not to be bold in my writing.

10) The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


I read the abridged version for school and really loved the assignment we had to do on unrequited love.

How it impacted me: For the first time, I learned to apply lessons I learned in what I read to better how I lived life.

This is so unfair, there are many more books that changed my way of thinking and I can’t list them all down.

I read a lot of the Enid Blyton Popular Awards series, BookWorm Club series, Roald Dahl, Sweet Valley Twins, Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, Goosebumps, Sabrina, Nancy Drew, etc. Just because they’re not listed does not mean they are less important.

I’m nominating anyone who reads this to list down your top 10 ‘Impact’ books. If you can’t think of 10, shame on you. Shame. At least read a Tin-Tin or Doraemon or something.

Developing a reading culture is not about trend but content. It’s not about reading what everyone’s reading, it’s about soaking and sinking into a world that captures your mind and leaves you full afterwards.

Open up your mind. November NaNoWriMo is coming up!

Thinking of: Frasier, my story and how I need to read more.

One thought on “Bookworm Review: 10 ‘Impact’ Books

  1. I think Imma try to list down my list,although I highly doubt that if any of these would gave a high impact on me (erk.)

    It opened my eyes to see that not every book written should be read
    I did read some that matched the criteria…I got watery eyes after that.

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