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?
More recently, the book that got me reading again, inspired my decision to create a book blog and begin writing on my own was The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I hadn't picked up a book in years for pleasure reading and when I got my Kindle for Christmas last year, this was the first purchase I made.
The Ink Puddle
I have heard wonderful things about that series! Its in my TBR pile, maybe it should move up a few books :)
Well, this year it is The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong. It was surprisingly interesting to read about the life of a former British nun and then find out that I actually had something in common with her.
Love to know what it is you have in common!
When we were young we both tried to fit into organizations that didn't fit us.
For me there are a handful of books that have stuck with me over the years.
The first book I read and enjoyed was Chicken Trek by, Stephen Manes
For a long time I have loved to write, but thought that a book had to be SUPER exciting at the beginning in order for me to be able to get through reading it. It wasn't until I was 20 and read Harry Potter that I decided I really do LOVE to read.
I would say that books have shaped me on my journey through different genres and themes. Self published novels stick out the most, those that are written from the heart. Teagan's Story, A Father's Anguish, The Candle Star - all inspiring and beautifully written novels.
I am constantly touched by the magic in books.
I'm so honored to stumble onto this post and see my novel on your list, Kelli. The Candle Star was a personal response to a visit to Gettysburg.
The first novel to influence me was Bambi, of all things. As a little kid, I was shocked to find a book so much better than the movie. It's a sentiment I've repeated for a hundred movies since.
Its "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. I know it is known to give you a adrenaline rush in your teens and then fades away as we grow up. It has stayed with me, even though I have not read it in recent years. It taught me that you are capable of great things if you put your mind in to it. It had a major impact on my life and I have been so much more productive in life since then. It is the sole reason why I started writing. Earlier, I never thought I would have the courage to put my writing out there. Now, I am confident that I can do that and much more with what I have got!
Great discussion btw!
Recently it has been Unbroken. Great story of survival and forgiveness.
Any and everything written by Brent Weeks. His 'Shadow' series is amazing. I love how he writes; it is simple and so very complicated and takes a truely through reader to follow all the plots.
That's a good question. I've read so many outstanding novels through the years and I think that any really good book will leave its mark on the reader in some way.
When I joined Book Blogs, I was asked what my favorite book was. I listed "Where are the Children?" by Mary Higgins Clark because it had a major impact on me. I read it many years ago and have reread it several times since.
When I decided to write my own mystery/suspense novel, I analyzed the structure of Mary's novel; I tore the book apart (not literally) to see how Mary did what she did. I studied her use of dialogue, setting, all the elements of plotting and writing a suspense novel. I came away from that experience ready to write my own novel, Mixed Messages, my own way. Thanks, Mary!