When I received the submission Little Bee by British author Chris Cleave in 2007 and read the first lines—“Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming.”—the world fell away.
The Mercy of Thin Air - this book literally changed me. i read it in my teen years before anyone i knew had died while i thought i was invincible and it definitely made me come to terms with my own mortality and realize heart break more wretched than a simple break up.
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie. One of my favorites when I was younger! This particular book left the longest lasting impression on me...more so than the others, although they left impressions with me as well. This one, I remember the best.
This book should be near and dear to the heart of anyone who works with books and the ideas they hold. Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.