By Mandy Major
This was my first Nancy Drew, when I was 8. She was smart, brave and capable of getting out of any kind of scrape you could imagine. The book also turned me on to series books: I loved the fact that you don't always have to say goodbye to a character when the story ends. -Diane Oatis, Woman's Day Copy Director
Like the ink on their pages, some books are bound to be indelible. Whether it was an eye-opening mystery in grade school or a powerful work of nonfiction in adulthood, there are books that have a special power to transport, inspire and propel us toward new ways of thinking and living. See which picks influenced the WD team and share your own influential book in the comments below.
The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
I read On the Road in 10th grade, after my American history teacher recommended it. I had always been an avid reader, but this was the first book that really Read More »from The Books that Changed Our Lives