Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

The United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland celebrated World Book Day on 6 March 2014. To celebrate the glorious day, readers were invited to nominate books that have rocked their worlds. Votes were cast and a list of ‘Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life’ was created. Using ‘Writes of Passage’ instead of ‘Rites of Passages’ for the survey/campaign… that’s brilliant!

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change Your life

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

Out of 50 books, 10 were chosen as the most popular books (see below). There is even a poster of the ‘top 10’ poster (click here to view).

Title Author Genre
1 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Dystopic, Science Fiction
2 The Fault in Our Stars John Green Romance
3 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Fiction
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling Fantasy
5 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell Dystopia, Science Fiction
6 The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Autobiography
7 A Street Cat Named Bob James Bowen Autobiography
8 Lord of The Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy
9 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Fiction
10 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë Historical romance

I am familiar with all the works (either by reading the books, watching book-to-film adaptations and/or visiting a memorial) except for ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’. I don’t usually read non-fiction but reviews seem good. Will read the book if my mood-for-something-different strikes.

Based on the ‘Writes of Passage’ list, is there any book that piques your interest? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

If you have read any of the 50 books, like the page. 🙂


5 thoughts on “Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

  1. I wonder how many of these books will still be in this type of list in 10 years. Be interesting to see if Hunger Games and Fault in Our Stars really stand the test of time, the way Jane Eyre has…

  2. I don’t agree with some of the choices e.g. Twilight but then again this list is based on popularity. I assume a lot of young readers voted for this list because most books are YA fiction. I’d love to see ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ in the list (I had literary hangover after reading the book).

    Yes you are right about which books will be timeless. ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’, ‘Gone’ are in the list because YA dystopia fiction is ‘in’ at the moment. I love thinking about the issues brought up in ‘The Hunger Games’ (I’m an aspiring social psychologist) but I’m not sure about ‘Divergent’ because personality is not just one-person-one type. Though I should reserve judgement until I read the books.

  3. spot on, i couldnt agree on some of the books as well but if popularity is the main criteria then well, yeah..but i do like the idea of mixed up genres in a top 10 list, esp with something like jane eyre and hunger games/harry potter in the same list.

  4. Reblogged this on The Crazy Bookshelf and commented:
    This is perfect! I’ve read too many of these books and I 100% agree!

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