My Top 10 Life-Changing Books for International Literacy Day



Literacy is essential to reach the proposed sustainable development goal to promote ‘inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. - Irina Bokova (UNESCO Director-General)

Around this time last year, I was tagged in one of my social media accounts to create a personal list of Top 10 inspirational or influential books. So, in celebration of the International Literacy Day, I'm re-posting my list here. To know more about this year's theme, visit the official website of UNESCO.

Coming up with my top 10 list took longer than predicted. I thought placing them first in chronological order was a good strategy, but then again my list grew and grew. If it were top 10 all time favorite books, then that will take way longer, although my top one would remain the same. So, here are the books that supposedly inspired or influenced me. Let me call them my top 10 list of life-changing books:



  1. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  2. Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
  3. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
  4. Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
  5. Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
  6. Stoy of O - Pauline Réage
  7. Inferno - Dante Alighieri
  8. Tales of Mystery and Terror - Edgar Allan Poe
  9. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton (someone borrowed this in college and never returned)
  10. The Bridge Across Forever - Richard Bach (I can't remember who I borrowed this from back in highschool, but I still have the book to this day)

To read more about each book, or if you want to purchase them, click on the links of each title above (they will open in a new window).

Note: I was suppose to tag 10 people, but since I have already done that task, I'll leave it up to the readers to make their own post. Let me know if you have done this list by leaving a comment and/or link back.

Happy International Literacy Day!!!
So, what are you going to read today?


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