Chat Between Chapters: Books that Changed your Life

November 22, 2015 Chat Between Chapters, Featured Posts 12


 Has A Book Changed Your Life? Tell us about it.

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

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. 

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12 Responses to “Chat Between Chapters: Books that Changed your Life”

  1. Tina at Mommynificent

    First of all, I’m sticking to fiction here. I don’t even want to go into non-fiction. I have a lot of favorites, but I can actually choose one fiction book that changed my life. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers forever redefined real love for me. I actually made my husband read it before I would even go on a first date with him so we’d be on the same page! (In retrospect, how did he not run away screaming???!! I was a little intense back then.) 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful list at Booknificent Thursday this week!
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  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    So I think I can actually answer this one kind of easily! (YAY!) I mean, it’s got to be The Hunger Games (how NOT surprised are you by this answer?). If I had not read that book, I would not be typing to you. I don’t know that I ever would have gotten back into reading (and certainly not with as much enthusiasm as I did), and who knows if I ever would have picked up YA? I mean, yes, it is also my favorite series of all time, but it also stands the test- I am on my 10th reading of the series, and it is just as good now as it was when I read it 4 years ago- perhaps even better, because every time I read it, there’s just something extra that I had missed, or hadn’t thought about in a certain way.
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight recently posted…Review: Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

    • Julie

      Yea totally not surprised by that answer 😉 I love when a great book turns people back onto reading 🙂

    • Julie

      I love seeing Twilight mentioned because despite all the haters out there, it was such a meaningful book for so many of us.

  3. Terri M., the Director

    This is like making me choose my favorite movie!

    The Ramona the Pest and Little House books bring back wonderful memories of being read to as a kid. The Island of Blue Dolphins is one of the LAST books I remember being aloud in school in 5th grade. We didn’t finish it and I went to the library that summer to find it and finish it.

    Outlander got me back into reading as an adult and reminded me I love history and historical fiction.

    A Taste of Blackberries is the first book to make me cry. And Code Name Verity showed me that listening to books can be just as powerful as reading them.

    See, I can’t choose just one!
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