Has A Book Changed Your Life? Tell us about it.
I have a really hard time with this question because so many people ask you “what is your favorite book” or “what book changed your life” and honestly, there isn’t one be all end all book that I can name. There are many books that have wowed me or shocked me and maybe some that have played a role in my life somehow. I think it is that last part that might help answer this question.
Gone with the Wind played a big role in my life as it introduced me to my first love and later ex, and also to my best friend. I was a choir geek and it was just one of the movies that were featured in our production, and yours truly got to be Miss Scarlett.
Twilight played a big role in that it helped give me back my love of reading after a really long break during high school, college, and part of my “adulting” life. It reminded me why I used to gobble up books like candy and got me back into reading YA, which is still my favorite genre.
Hopeless brought me Rose (hi friend, we miss you, are you reading this?). It wasn’t the first book we met through, but it was the one we bonded over and obviously played a role in naming this blog. Rose’s book club is where I met Lynn, so it is all connected.
I’m sure there’s lots more I can list, but I’ll stop at 3.
Julie is always stealing my ideas! I was totally going with Hopeless as well. So instead, I’ll go with Easy. With Easy, as well as Hopeless, I discovered that romance, even YA romance, could have an emotional component. Sure, I had read romances before these books, but those books never pulled me in like Easy.
The Harry Potter books changed my life for sure. I didn’t read these until 5 or so years ago, as I didn’t really think I would enjoy them. How wrong I was. I feel like there is a whole community around the Harry Potter books. And movies for that matter. And that if you are ever in need of a conversation starter with a stranger, you always have a topic in Harry Potter.
When I was probably 13 or 14, I discovered the Clive Cussler books. Because both of my parents read them. It was a connection that between us during those “turbulent” teen years. Something that we could share and discuss together.