1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
How could I not pick this one? I remember reading this for the first time in third year and I was incredibly moved by it. It got me thinking about our internal life as opposed to our external life and that is something that has kind of stuck with me ever since. Woolf is an incredibly important figure in my research and she continues to inspire me daily.
2. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
One of the first books I've ever read by Murakami and it remains one of my favorites until this day. I just love the boundaries that Murakami pushes in our everyday lives and how it encourages the reader to think outside the box. As I'm typing this, I am incredibly tempted to reread it!
3. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
I read this book not too long ago and it has seriously stuck with me. This book is so eerie, uncomfortable, uncanny.. you name it. The idea of it just really intrigues me and bothers me all at the same time. I loved it and it really pushed me to think about how deformations and anomalies are treated in society.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This one had to be included on the list! It is one of my earlier reads and it has stuck with me ever since. It definitely encouraged my thinking about relationships: love and family in a different way.
5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Last but not least, my favorite book of all time. I read this every year and it still intrigues me. It has really encouraged me to think a lot about aesthetics and the idea of self. It has always influenced my work and it continues to do so. I love this book so much and it truly is the best!
Well that is it from me today. I hope that you enjoyed this post. If you wrote one for the top 5 books that made you think, please link to yours below in the comments because I would love to check it out! :D