“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”
I am super excited for this post. For a while I have wanted to put together a blog post that features other book bloggers but I just didn’t know how until last night. I put out a Tweet asking for anyone who wanted to take part and the response was so much larger than I expected. I simply asked the bloggers to name one (or two at most) books that have changed their life, why it has and why they would recommend it. These are their responses –
The book that changed my life was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Without hesitation. I was fifteen and it was the first book to assure me that, I, as a person of colour, as a Muslim, with hopes of publishing my writing one day, could also write. His writing was striking, plot-line gripping and characters heartbreaking. I cried three times through my first read and I’ve read it three times in total. It’s a book that remains in my heart six years on.
This change my life because I read this book when I was in a bad mood with my anxiety, and when I got bullied. So I start reading it after a while that i have stop reading it. And all the character gave me hope, and fate and thought me to fight for what i think it’s good. To be myself and always try to think good. I think Sabaa really help me in that period because While i was reading it, i talk to her and.. yes… i think between her word and her personnality I fell in love with the books. How she put so much energy on it Like this quote : as long as there is life there is hope. Also i always recommend it bc i think this book is pretty awesome and show how you can be? I don’t know how to explain, but i think it’s a must read.
FAR FROM YOU was one of the first books I read with bisexual protagonist. It was the very first book I read where I saw a bi character who was not a caricature or stereotype, who was utterly HERSELF, who struggled and had problems and wasn’t perfect. In FARFROM YOU, Sophie was determined and focused but also made a lot mistakes. Besides just seeing the bisexual representation that most definitely changed my life, FAR FROM YOU was also a book where I saw a bisexual character with the focus not on her sexuality – it was about murder mysteries and recovering from drug addiction and friendship and romance and many, many other things, which is why I can’t recommend it enough and want everyone to read it.
The first book I’ve ever had the pleasure of fangirling about was Percy Jackson’s The Lightning Thief. The Summer of 2009 was when my book obsession began, at the wee age of 8. I’d recommend Percy Jackson to all book starters or book lovers. It’s a series filled with awesomeness and hot heroes, and to this day Percy remains my second most favorite fictional boyfriend.(Will is always #1)
I started having problems with my joints in my teens, then in my mid-twenties my knees basically gave up on me. I struggled for a long time to come to terms with that. Then I met Kaz Brekker. Disabled and badass. Clever, resourceful, determined and ruthless. Never let himself be defined by his physical limitations, and if others make assumptions because of them, that’s their problem, not his. Six of Crows made me reexamine the way I thought about disability, including my own. Without it, I’d probably still be feeling sorry for myself and not able to call myself disabled without flinching. And when my condition deteriorates to the point I need a cane, you can bet I’ll be getting a crow’s head one.
NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman changed my concept of what a fantasy novel could be. I was blown away. I am now a book collector, specifically of Gaiman’s work, and his work has both shaped and helped my book blog when he’s shared some of my posts and reviews. My own writing, and my current work-in-progress, wouldn’t be what it is today without Gaiman’s work. When I met Neil in 2013, I had to decide which of my three most prized books of my collection to get signed, and I chose the book that started it all—my battered, worn, spine-broken copy of NEVERWHERE.
One book that has changed my life would probably be Harry Potter and the DeathlyHallows. I know, HP quite clichè but this was the first series I had ever read and seeing it end was difficult for me. This book series had taught me so much about friendship, loving other people and acceptance that it was hard to let go. But, Deathly Hallows for me felt like the theme was letting go. Letting go of the past and moving towards the future and letting go of who you once were and becoming who you want to be. I laughed and I cried but I wouldn’t forget the feeling of finishing a book series ever again. AND I STILL KEEP READING TODAY!
One book that changed my life was Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. Tash Hearts Tolstoy changed my life because it wasthe first book where I saw an asexual person in a novel. I am on the ace spectrum and seeing a person like me in a YA book truly changed my life.
Warm Bodies Series by Isaac Marion I read the first book back when the movie came outand I LOVED it, Marion has such a poetic way about writing his books that just really made me appreciate being able to do the little things. Like just the basic senses of the human body. Being able to see and hear birds, eat the food we eat, feeling of a soft fabric. When his second book came out, I was reminded of all this and that its okay to be flawed, even the most perfect seeming characters, have dark secrets that are just so real. The book is EVERYTHING!
A book that changed my life was Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand. I have anxiety and get panic attacks, and I never really knew how to describe them to my friends and family. The main character in this book, Finley deals with a lot of the same things I deal with, and Claire Legrand describes this so amazingly that for the first time, I felt like I found the words how to describe my situation to the people around me. Now every time someone asks me what it’s like I recommend them this book, and they’ve been able to understand me a whole lot better.
The God of Small Things made me fall in love with reading. It’s passionately politicalfiction at it’s best. It’s the reason I studied English Lit and work in books today. Every time I read it I notice something new in Arundhati Roy’s writing. I couldn’t recommend it enough!
Anna and the French Kiss was the book that got me back into reading which has changed my life as I’ve now read plenty of books and it has turned me into the bookworm I am today! I’d recommend AatFK because it has a lovely setting and is a light and fun contemporary read!
Recently, Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno has changed my life. I’ve been hearing bad things that people are saying about YA books; they are saying that YA books are so clichè. Well, I wanna shove this book into their faces and say, “HEY! YOU’VE BEEN READING THE WRONG YOUNG ADULT NOVEL! READ THIS AND YOU WILL SURELY THROW UP EVERY BAD THING YOU SAID ABOUT YA!” Yes, that intense. I love how this book communicated directly with me. I love how it deals with the most important things in life that many people have not been thinking of alot lately, especially in this millenial age: the importance of family, dealing with life and death and mental health, exploring out of your comfort zone, and appreciating every little thing around us (because somehow, they all affect us). Now, I’m recommending this book to EVERYONE because, just like the main character in this book, we all need to step up our game. We need to get out of our comfort zone. We need to read YA books with mature content and theme and life lessons you seriously could live by. So, put this on your endless to-buy list and don’t forget to grab it first thing on July 25! Thank you, Katrina Leno, for this book (along with your two other babies!).
I think I’m going to be the least original person ever and say Harry Potter. Because it’s been there with me for so long I can’t imagine my life without these books and these characters. I relate so much to Harry, and I’m so glad Hogwarts houses exist because it made us part of something. Like everyone knows if they are gryffindor or Ravenclaw or hufflepuff or slytherin. And re-reading these stories always make me feel good and less lonely. It might be weird, but everytime I’m in a dark place of mind, I think about harry potter and how i can be part of this amazing adventure. And of course this book allowed me to be more myself. And by that I mean that thanks to these books, I met a ton of great people who still are my friends on the internet thanks to the potterhead community, and also because thanks to Draco and Hermione, I started to write fanfiction, and this helped me A LOT. Harry Potter is definitely a huge part of my life.
One of the books that changed my life was the xenogenesis trilogy from Octavia Butler. Itshowed me the possibilities that exist in science fiction for women, and women of color. It also inspired me to find more diverse science fiction and Fantasy.
For anybody who knows me, or even just follows me on social media, the book (or books in this case) that changed my life will come as no surprise. I read both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury one week last year, and A Court of Wings and Ruin back in May, and I just haven’t been the same since. The series ignited my love for fantasy that had lain dormant for far too long, and not only opened a whole new world for me in a fictional sense, but joining the SJM fandom has meant that I’ve been able to meet so many like-minded people, and even make some new friends! Sarah J. Maas just has this amazing way with words, that grips you entirely and can have you laughing, sweating, grinning, crying, shouting, gasping and swearing all in one chapter. The only way I have found to get through the very real feeling of loss after finishing the final book in the trilogy is to re-read, and buy alllll of the themed merch I can get my hands on. You better believe I have pillows, art prints, candles (several from a certain Two Thieves), bookmarks – you name it, I’ve got it. I don’t think I could ever put my feelings and thoughts into a sensible and coherent review, whilst still doing the books justice, so I’ll end with this: I will forever be grateful for Sarah J. Maas and the ACOTAR trilogy. It came into my life right when I needed it and definitely changed things for the better. I genuinely can’t imagine what I would be like now if I hadn’t read these books! If you love high fantasy, action, characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, god damn beautiful High Lords, a romance that you are totally rooting for but also can’t help but be a little bit jealous over, kickass quotes, a strong female lead, a seriously gripping plot and so much more, please pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses – you won’t regret it!
The book that changed my life is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of theUniverse. It was the first book about queer characters I ever read, so it was the first time I read about characters who were like me. That was so incredibly validating. It rekindled a love for reading that I had lost and spurred me to start reading again and writing more. I expect more from the books I read because of this and have never loved reading more than I do right now.
A book that changed my life was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, it certainly isn’t perfect but it helped me escape this world when it was horrible to me when I need a friend it was there for me it’s sounds cheesy but it’s true. when things got tough it kept me going and sometimes thinking about it makes me smile and I couldn’t be more grateful for this book . I’d recommend to basically anyone who can read. It’s fun and light and filled with lots of laughter & (tears) furthermore ridiculously sassy. It’s a YA fantasy set in London 1878 the characters are so special even though you want to kill them some times but they hold a special place especially a certain stubborn & charming Herondale.
Anyway, the reason why I loved When Dimple Met Rishi is because of how I related tothe characters. Me and Dimple share some of the same life experiences and it was nice to read something familiar to me as a South Asian girl!
I’d maybe say The Falconer by Elizabeth May. I read mainly fantasy so it’s difficult to think of a book which is changed my life. The Falconer was the first time I ever read a YA book with a female Scottish main character. It probably wasn’t life changing but it was really special.
i don’t think any book has ever ‘changed’ my life, but the divergent series has a specialplace in my heart for the message it embodies; discovering who you are, learning to accept that but also knowing that labels don’t define us. through the books (and the movies!) i have also forged some incredible friendships i know will last a lifetime and created so many other beautiful memories. the books aren’t perfect and we don’t talk about the movies but i’d still 100% recommend the trilogy + four. just make sure to give that new epilogue a miss.
Lots of Love,