What book changed your life?

For many of us, we can narrow it down to at least a few books. So, which book, for you, contained beautiful sentences – turns of phrase, fresh language – characters you loved, a plot that kept you guessing and a message you took on board?

I thought I had my two novels that fundamentally touched my core and that was that. Only this week, I’ve another to add to my collection. And this time it wasn’t fiction. Surprise, surprise. This time it was a book on writing. It only took me two nights to finish. Now, I’ve read some worthwhile writing books because hey, don’t judge, I want to write.

Well, I do write but I want to write fiction. Not like Dickens. No siree! I’ll never be that good! There’ll only ever be one Dickens or one Jane Austen. One Shakespeare. Yet I’d like to write well enough to entertain. A much smaller and, hopefully (one day), achievable goal. I’m in this for the long haul.

My first two books are something any reader will know, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (any Jane Austen will do though, Emma’s a close contender) and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gable’s series (yes, all of them, for who can stop at one?). And the newest book to change my life?… Grant Hudson’s How Stories Really Work: Exploring the Physic of Fiction. If you write, or want to write, then do yourself a favour… READ THIS.

Leave a comment. What’s your favourite books or book?

2 thoughts on “What book changed your life?

  1. For inspirational quotes:
    Gone With the Wind
    A Place of Greater Safety (Hilary Mantel)
    But the book that lifted me from the worst year of my life and made me smile again was Shogun by James Clavell. So many valuable life lessons in there. Might read it again now 😄

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