I often wonder which book really affected me the most. Whether it was the one that interested me in writing, the one that got me reading, or the one that inspired me to keep moving forward in life- books have such a unique place in each persons life.
So I pose the question:
Which book had the greatest impact on you?
I think that shows tremendous props to the author.
I have found that the books that I am willing to re read again are usually the ones that have touched me the most.
It would be between The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable and The Outsiders S.E. Hinton.
These were the two books I read back in junior high when I first realized that I love writing! The Outsiders was more of a starter book that made me realize I love reading. The Singer of All Songs is what REALLY sparked my interest though in writing and creating a whole new world that I controlled where anything could happen!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is the book that inspired me to start writing, when I was 17/18 years old.
Money by Martin Amis is the book that inspired me to start my blog.
So I guess up to this point these are the two that have had the most impact on my writing life. I'd also throw in some Sartre and Camus on a more personal level.
Matthew - Bibliofreak.net - A Book Review Blog
There were two for me, in quick succession.
When I was about 10 I was given a reading project at school. I read Watership Down by Richard Adams for the first time and thought it was the best book in the entire universe. But then, guess what? A few weeks later my mum bought me The Lord of the Rings, and then I was sure that was the best book in the entire universe. Even now, those two books immediately spring to mind whenever I'm asked this question.
Good question! When I was young, both Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg, and Blubber by Judy Blume really resonated with me. I think I identified with the introspection and worry of the main characters.
As an adult, there have been many. Two that stand out: I found Life of Pi by Yann Martel to be very spiritual. The Light of the Evening by Edna O'Brien is one of the few books that has reduced me to a soggy mess of tears. The mother-daughter relationship struck a cord with me. Beautifully written, but heart-wrenchingly sad.
Two books changed my life literally.. and my children have grown up with them as well. Amazingly enough, I read them both in the same year.. 1972 age 10 LOL
JRR Tolkien's LotR
Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth..
For me, it would have to be one of Henry Miller's books. I don't recall if it was Tropic of Capricorn, or one of the Rosy Crucifixion (Sexus, Nexus, Plexus). But Miller had a big impact upon my life.
Here's a post I wrote describing a psychologist's (my) take on Miller.
When I think of books that had big impacts, I think of those that changed my life forever because of what they taught me.
So the most impactful books were:
The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict and Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box
Both Books are by the Arbinger Institute. Tremendous narratives on human behavior!