“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
The last part of this series was published in October of 2017 and I’m so happy to be bringing it back! If you aren’t familiar with it, I ask book bloggers/lovers to choose a book that has impacted their life in some way and why. I’ll also provide a link to their chosen social media so make sure to check them out!
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier changed my life because reading it, I realized it was ok to write main characters who are not perfect – they may be neurotic, moody, untrusting, frankly unlikeable like we all are at times. The language is beautiful and the story flows along, even though there are are not many plot events driving the story. It’s a wonderful read and an under-rated classic.
Attachments was definitely a favourite book of mine. I read it a couple of years ago and from what I can remember, it about these two individuals falling in love thru emails and they work in the same place. I really liked it because it shows that you don’t always need to see someone in order fall in love with them.
A book that permanently changed my life was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. It was the first time I got to see someone with my mental illness, OCD, portrayed in media. The main character’s struggle with her endless spiral of thoughts and compulsions gripped my heart in a way I hadn’t experienced before. It showed me the representation I didn’t realize I needed as I watched a character who truly went through the same struggles I did – and became more than them.
I’d say Percy Jackson for so many reasons. It’s the book series I lied to my friends at school about when I was 11 and hated reading, saying I’d read it to sound cool and fit in. And this web of lies then read me to have to actually read the series so they wouldn’t work out it was a lie, which made me fall in love with reading. Its also the book series I bonded with my bookish clone over when we first met like a decade ago (we read and like the exact same thing), I particularly remember us discussing Percy and Annabeth in English and the book got confiscated by the teacher, which we still joke about to this day. It also sparked off a deep routed love of mythology that lead me and said bookish clone and another friend to go island hop in Greece a year ago. So yeah, has made a bit of an impact on me!
I was at boarding school when these books started becoming big. So having a book that had children at a school away from their parents was really comforting. If your wondering yes I did tell people I went to Hogwarts, 19 years later I’m still proud of that one.
A Monster Calls helped me through my grandmother’s death and told me the way I grieved was completely normal and not to be ashamed about.
I picked A Room of One’s Own as a book that has had a big impact on my life. I read this book for college as part of a women and feminism module in college, and before this I wasn’t particularly interested in the subject, but this changed my mind. Woolf’s tracing back literary heritage and finding no ‘foremothers’, and instead inventing Shakespeare’s sister to play out how women writers fare in a men’s world. This book started me thinking about women’s literary tradition and the fact there are women’s voices that need to be recovered. Finally I think the fact I have several items of merchandise related to this title speaks to how important it is to me.
Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is the book that changed my life, it basically saved me from the darkest hole of grief. My Dad died in 2015, I was numb, completely. This was a book that my mum gave me and it spoke straight to my broken heart. Basically this guy dies and meets five people in heaven (Well duh) and although he’s never actually met them in life, him or his actions have impacted theirs in some form. It changed me completely. It made me realise that we don’t have to interact directly with a person to change their life path, it could be a smile on a day that they’re feeling vulnerable or lost, it could be taking 5 more minutes to say goodbye to your loved one before leaving the house!
The book that has changed my life is Elif Shafak’s Three Daughters of Eve mainly because she demonstrated that it is possible to write about very sensitive subjects in a beautiful and poetic way. She described in the novel a course on God that the main character Peri attended during her studies and it was fascinating to witness how the author managed to merge so many different points of view, faiths and traditions in one book.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone impacted my life by showcasing anxiety in a way that I related to. During high school, I dealt with anxiety and panic attacks and didn’t know for quite a while what they were. It’s stories like this that remind me that I’m not alone and that means the world to me.
What book would you pick?
Lots of Love,