Which book influenced you the most in life?

Posted by Todd Hewitt on

 

There was this contest, that asked you to define the single book that influenced you the most. Written in English, since 1936...

There are too many to choose just one.  

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling - She brought a world into being that made it cool to read, changing modern fiction forever. 

Anything by Ernest Hemingway- A single sentence can make you sit and think for hours at a time.

The Bees by Laline Paul - vivid and wonderful. 

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins - Imagine a world torn apart and what would you do? She brings thoughts to the forefront and makes you wonder. 

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner - Writing that puts into the mind of the characters. 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - Truly a modern Masterpiece, deserving of the Pulitzer Prize...

From before 1936, we have:

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. ...

Ulysses by James Joyce. ...

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. ...

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...

Hamlet by William Shakespeare. ...

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...

The Odyssey by Homer. ...

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I could go on, and on, but truly a good. Read is a good read. Every single book we read in life adds a little to who and what we become.

Every sentence carries a little bit of its own reality that, for good old bad, shapes our own perceptions of the world, and our own place therein. 

If, there was only one book that shaped our lives; that defined our perspectives, values, morals, place in time and space, I think we would not be who we were. To place that weight on one specific title would be a profound disservice to literature and the art of storytelling.


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