So leave it to me to post this at the last possible minute. *glances around nervously* Note: this post is a part of the TCWT blog chain, which, if you’re a teen writer, you should totally check out. This month’s topic is:
“Is there one particular book that changed your life? If so, why did you originally choose to read it? What impact has it had on you?”
Honestly, I don’t think just one book changed my life. Books in general have, yes, but it’s a combination of all of them–all of their themes, their characters, their stories–that has changed me. It would take too long to highlight all of the books that have changed me, and the truth is, I have no idea what books have changed me, because I am certain that every book I read affects me somehow, sometimes in ways I don’t even know. So to make an accurate list for you, I’d have to write about every book I’ve ever read, which would take way too long.
That said, when I think of books that have changed me, one in particular stands out as being the first book that really got me into reading—and then, later on, publishing. Without this book, I probably wouldn’t be here right now. And the book is… drumroll please… Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
I read this book when it first came out years ago. I have no idea why exactly I chose to read it, or what I loved so much about it, but something there sparked my interest in books. I mean, I’d always enjoyed reading, but this book was what really had me set on it; it’s what got me addicted to books. I remember staying up “late” with my little reading light on (I WAS A KID, OKAY), furiously going flipping through page after page even though I didn’t understand a good number of the words. Something about this book just grabbed me, and from what I remember, it was one of the first books I ever read on my own. I am so glad I did, too. Inkheart, and if I remember correctly, is about the characters in a book coming to life—which, by the way, would be AWESOME if it could happen now.
Back then, when I first read this, I didn’t understand characterization, or unique plots, or what makes good writing. The only thing I knew about books was when I enjoyed them—and I loved this one. I haven’t read this book in a long time, admittedly, and I would not be surprised if I dislike it now, but the point is, I loved it then, and it eventually got me into read the books that I love now. Without reading Inkheart, I might not have turned out to be the passionate writer I am now. I might not be here—blogging, critiquing, querying.
It’s amazing to think that pulling just one book off the shelf can alter the course of your life. But it can.
Note: I’m writing this in a complete rush, (because, let’s face it, I’m a professional procrastinator) so I apologize for any typos!
January Blog Chain Participants:
January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida
January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer
January 7th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina
January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines
January 9th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles
January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.
January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer
January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.co.uk – Notebook Sisters
January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel
January 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer
January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words
January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl
January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined
January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog
January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo
January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary
January 21st – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t
January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response
January 23rd –http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes
January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes
January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)