Books convey an authorís most heartfelt emotions as well as effectively expressing their views on the world around them. This is true for the readers of books as well. Just as someone might ask about a favorite movie, song, or television show, a person can learn information about someone else by learning what types of books they read. I know that in my life, although I have read many books of all genres, I always find myself returning to several old favorites. Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn explains how we can stop destroying the world will live in without giving up all the amenities that we take for granted, developing a policy for dealing with the world around us. Another book that has affected me is Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. This book provides an insight into how one can deal with others. The final book is one that I use to guide me in making choices relating to my own life. The Giver by Lois Lowry is a look at todayís world from a future perspective. All these books have offered me a guide to my life relating to how I deal with the environment, people, and myself.

Ishmael is a book describing how people can change the way they live to be in harmony with nature as opposed to living against it. This book has had a large affect on how I live my life. Since I read the book, I have lived my life by some of the principles outlined in it. Because of the large impact on many areas of living this book has, I can truly say that had I not read this book, I would most likely be a different person than I am today. In this book, Quinn states that we must learn to live like the animals, by only taking what we need, not hording everything we can. Following the lead in the book, I try to live this principal by encouraging that only a minimum of what is neccesary is taken from the environment. In this and many other ways this book has shown to me that I can live my life to the fullest without taking away from anyone or anything else.

Where the Red Fern Grows is written by Wilson Rawls. In it he tells a story of loyalty and friendship. I do my best to exhibit both of these principals on a daily basis, partly because of how this book exemplifies both those properties. In many cases, I have offered help to anyone who needs it with school work. I do my best to be a good friend, so that others feel they can trust me. I am supportive in any situation in which I feel it might help. All these characteristics and more are drawn directly from my reading. Whether it be the loyalty between a boy and his dogs, or the loyalty and support a friend can offer another friend, the same concepts and principals apply, and by reading such a heartwarming novel as Where the Red Fern Grows, one can truly learn the meaning that such qualities have. For this reason, I think that this story by Wilson Rawls has had and continues to have a large impact on my life.

The Giver by Lois Lowry is another book that I feel should be a required read for all students. It is a book which describes a "possible future," in which all the memories of the past are contained in one person. In this story one gets a feel of how the people of the future might look back at our generation. This provides an intersting look at how we live. Because the "Giver" must keep all the memories, people live happy lives. The only problem with this solution is that the memories which we are producing are not all good. After reading this book, I realized that the memories we are creating today may be looked back on by ourselves or others years in the future. By thinking of this often, I can remind myself to make happy memories for myself in the future. I can choose to live life to itís fullest, so that when i look back ten, twenty, or even fifty years from now, I can remember the good times, and not just bad times. In this way, I keep my life now happy, and provide a more pleasant future for myself. For this reason, The Giver by Lois Lowry offers a unique perspective that has a large affect on many of the choices I make everyday.

Three books I have read again and again have had and continue to have a large impact on my life. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn helps me to look at how to deal with the world around me, while Wilson Rawlís book Where the Red Fern Grows has taught me how to be loyal and friendly to others. In reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, I have developed a general purpose when going about tasks in my daily life. Without having read these books, I might be a very different person than I am today. Whether dealing with the world at large, the people around me, or just with how I plan to live my life, I can refer to a book Iíve read for guidance.