Books That Changed Your World

If you’ve been on Twitter in the past few days, you might have noticed that people are tweeting about their favorite books using the hashtag #booksthatchangedmyworld. It’s fun to browse through all of the tweets and see what books people are talking about. The Bible seems to be a popular choice, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird.

Author Susan Orlean is the one who accidentally started it all. On her New Yorker blog, she says that she just randomly used the hashtag while talking about Ron Hansen’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. A few seconds later, she was surprised to see people chiming in with their picks. Now there are thousands of replies and Orlean recently tweeted that she bought the domain name

The Book Bench has published a full list of Orlean’s favorite books. Two of my all-time favorites made the list: The Hours by Michael Cunningham and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I’d also add the Nancy Drew series, the His Dark Materials trilogy, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

What books changed your world? Let me know in the comments!

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