The Books That Made Us: Kelly & Alix's Top 10 Influential Books

The Books That Made Us: Kelly & Alix's Top 10 Influential Books

3 minute read

Episode Title: Ep. 1 - The Books That Made Us

Alix on the left looking right with headphones and a mic; Kelly on the right looking left with headphones and a mic

Episode summary:

Welcome to the LitJoy Podcast with Kelly & Alix!!

In this first ever episode, LitJoy owners Kelly and Alix compare their lists of the TOP 10 BOOKS that have influenced their lives! And for an added twist, Kelly and Alix have NOT seen or shared their lists with one another! Make sure to listen and watch this episode to find out which books made their lists and why!

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Topics/Books discussed in this episode:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry [2:10]
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [4:27]
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [6:23]
  • Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Noski [7:38] (*Recommended for 18+)
  • The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz [10:10]
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio [11:40]
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig [14:33]
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas [16:47]
  • We made a LitJoy baby! [18:24]
  • Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull [21:02]
  • Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor [24:16]
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor [26:06]
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah [26:30]
  • Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty... And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself by Dr. Aziz Gazipura [28:46]
  • Dare To Lead by Brené Brown [32:05]
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova [33:52]
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling [37:09]
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas [42:36]
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel [43:41]
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [46:36]
  • Honorable Mention Books: [49:22]
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  • The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer


  • Pixar origins: Neither Lucas films nor Steve Jobs bought Pixar. Pixar founders started as Lucasfilm employees in the computer graphics dept. Steve Jobs bought the dept. employees out from Lucasfilm, making Steve Jobs a capital investor into a corp spinoff that would become Pixar a year later.

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