The really great thing about the world today is that sharing your voice is far more accessible than it used to be. Which means you’re more likely to find creators that speak directly to you, whether it’s through movies, YouTube, Instagram, anything!
I want to share with you 7 books that made a difference in my life. Maybe they’ve made a difference to you, too!
Orphan at My Door – Jean Little
This is one of many books from the Dear Canada series, but this is the first one I read and I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with sparking my love of history and historical fiction. This particular novel is the diary of an Ontarian girl whose family takes in a home child to work for them. Did I know this was part of Canadian history? Nope. Does anybody talk about this? Nope! What other stories could I learn from reading?
Broke Millennial – Erin Lowry
I was assessing my life a few years ago and had the terrifying realization that I had no clue what I was doing with my money. Budgets? Savings accounts? Retirement??? I felt completely lost and panicky. This was the book I picked up at my local bookstore and it was the first step on my financial literacy journey.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
I feel like as a millennial, Harry Potter can’t not be on my list! But just to show you, I’ll lay out the ways the HP universe has impacted my life.
Firstly, it was a book series that grew up with me. Book number one came out in childhood, and book seven came out in my teenage years. And throughout those books, I was exposed to so many important themes such as the friendship, racism, animal cruelty, corrupt politics, good vs evil, childhood and coming of age, and so much more.
And as I go back to the books, either by re-reading them or listening to the endless podcasts or reading the blog posts, I’m learning more lessons from the text.
And the fact that Harry Potter became such a phenomenon means that it’s become a part of millennial culture and it’s become something that so many of us can relate to and bond through. I understand this doesn’t apply to everyone in my generation, but I feel it applies to enough of us.
Being Boss – Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson
As a creative entrepreneur, reading this book was the BOMB. When I grow up (haha) I want to be like Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson. These are a couple boss ladies who own their successes and are constantly striving for even more greatness. I admire them so much and when I found out they had a book I HAD TO HAVE IT.
How has this book made a difference in my life? It inspired me to get serious about my creative entrepreneurial dreams, it drove me to start making some legitimate goals, and it forced me to get to know myself as a potential business woman. And I refer back to this book every three months to the 3 dozen or so pages I’ve dog-eared. That’s how much this book has made a difference.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
It wouldn’t be a book list on See Heather Smile if it didn’t have something Victorian, now would it?
Jane Eyre is different from the other famous Victorian classics. It’s not as frivolous as Austen’s work, and it’s not quite as real as Dickens. Jane Eyre lies somewhere in between, in a supernatural realism.
The reason this book has stuck with me throughout the years is because of the posthumous character herself. Jane is beyond her time in her dreams of equality for women, and she is beyond this world in her search for meaning. Jane Eyre discusses death and dying, religion, gender equality, and love and how they all come together. I feel Jane in her confusion, her search for knowledge and understanding, and her passion. She’s a 19th century character that a 21st century woman can relate to. That’s crazy!!!
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
You may have figured out by this point that I’m obsessed with Gretchen Rubin’s work and this is the book that started it all. I don’t know what made me pick up this book, but I did and I bought it, and I ate it up.
From there, a world of self-care, self-help, and self-improvement opened up and I’ve been hooked ever since. All that self-care and self-help has translated itself into so many of my blog posts here and into the See Heather Smile brand.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
This is a book I’m going to have to read again because it is jam-packed! It tells the story of three generations of a Chinese family throughout the 20th century. I love history, and this book opened my eyes to how little I know about eastern history, even if it’s modern and still extremely relevant to what’s happening today!! This is a book I would really encourage you to read, not just for the importance of the historical tale it tells, but also for its artistry.
Like I said, it’s pretty amazing how we can all help each other in some way with our unique voices, whether it’s through books, blogs, or whatever else you can think of.
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