I don't often sit down and read Oprah's O Magazine, but one feature I always read when I have opportunity is "Five Books that Made a Difference to___" (insert name of famous person).
Right before I quit teaching, I heard from a teacher who translated this into an assignment for her seniors (by the time I read this, it was the end of the year and I was out of time in my classes; and it never seemed to fit into the university's curriculum my last year in the classroom).
I think it's a fascinating idea, and one that obviously still speaks to people.
For fun, here is a link to author Jodi Picoult's choices.
What would mine be? I don't know. I read over a hundred books a year. Some are wonderful; some are okay; some are so-so; and some are awful, but I just can't stop reading till I hit "the end."
What would your five books be that have made a difference to you?
Sounds like a stellar writing prompt. Link back here if you decide to answer; I'd love to read your list!