Ashley Bloom’s “Books That Shaped You” At Ages 5-10-15-20

Annie KennedyBooks, Inside WITS

Inspired by Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 feature, we asked the WITS staff to talk about the books that shaped them as they grew up. From Kindergarten favorites to the novels that got us through college, we’re excited to take this walk down memory lane, five years at a time.

Ashley Bloom, Chief Development Officer
5 – Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express

It didn’t matter what time of year it was. I loved this book! I would always ask my mom to read it, because she had the bell to go with it.

10 – Carolyn Keene’s The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series

They were exciting, full of mystery, and I loved reading them.

15 – William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

I remember enjoying the discussion with my classmates. Talking about themes and symbols within the book made for interesting conversations.

20 – Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic

This was a fun break from all my business books for school. It was a fun and cute love story and an easy read.