Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (5)

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books where book bloggers answer the weekly question and hop around to other blogs and see what other bloggers have to say. The goal is to discover new blogs, "connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!"

This week's question is:
"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"

Every book has changed me. Does that sound like a cop out? Sorry, but it really is true. Every book affects me in different ways. 

The different characters I've met have affected me by showing me what type of person I want to be, or don't want to be. They show me what qualities I value in a best friend, a parent, a sibling, and a romantic partner.They show me what qualities I dislike, and after spending an entire book with a vile character I always evaluate myself to see if I share any qualities with them (and work on changing them real quick if I do!)

Every character makes a choice in a book. Sometimes they're small choices, and sometimes they're the huge choices, but each choice presents me with a choice of my own. What would I do in that situation? 

Books are constantly teaching me about life, the world, and other people, but most importantly they are always teaching me about myself. Plus, every reading experience is a fragment of something I have experienced in my life. All of those little fragments add up to me.

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  1. I love your answer! It's true - every book we read changes something in us.

  2. OK. This is absolutely the cutest site I've ever seen and I would like to please live here. Please. O.M.G. Awesome. You can visit me here if you'd like a peek, but I am sadly missing all this fabulous pink. *time to redecorate my blog I think*

  3. True answer - every book adds a little bit of something to my life. :)

  4. Books can really leave a mark in our lives. To read what that book is in my life, come visit me at Clandestine Sanctuary.

    Dropping by via the hop. old follower. Have a great weekend!

  5. Happy Friday! I don't think your answer is a cop out, I feel much the same way! Every book brings something new to the table and I learn something from each story I read so it would be very hard to pick just one that I've taken the most away from:)

  6. Yeah, I don't know exactly why I couldn't get into C.S. Lewis, but for some reason it didn't grab me like some other fantasy books. I've read a few - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, and The Magician's Nephew - and I can see why they're popular children's classics, but I don't list them among my favorites. I tried repeatedly to get through Prince Caspian, but I'm not sure I ever made it all the way through, LOL.

    And you should definitely try the Alanna series! Keep in mind when you do read it that Tamora Pierce wrote it quite a while ago, before YA fantasy had really taken off - so what may be considered a cliche now wasn't back then. I'd also recommend her Immortals series :)

  7. I think about character's choices too! Sometimes it drives me insane when characters make the wrong choice though T_T

  8. Found you through the Hop!
    Great answer!! I think you are right about each book affecting you in a different way. Picking out what we like best about the books and applying it to ourselves, our life, and others.

    New Follower!! Happy Hopping Weekend!

  9. Not a cop-out answer at all! In fact, I wish I could have expressed this idea as eloquently as you did. Every book I read affects me, just in different ways.

    So glad to have found you via the Hop!

  10. I have no idea how I would answer this question, so kudos to you for coming up with such a great (and true) answer!

  11. So so true! I wish I could have come up with that! Great answer! I hope you can hop by and check out my answer this week...Thanks :)

    -Lulu the Bookaddict

  12. It's so not a cop out-I was going to post something similiar but decided to take a stab at being humorous instead. LOL!

  13. You and I have almost the same answer. I don't think it's a cop out at all. I don't have a single book to point to. Come by and see why.

  14. I love that you said you try to change habits you have in common with vile characters. Hilarious!!

  15. Happy New Year!!

    I like your answer.


  16. This will probably come of something as a surprise but the book that changed/influenced my life (more than any other) is a non-fiction book. I know we all focus on novels and the fanciful fiction we love to read but The Four Work Week is the book that gets all the credit. I know the title sounds fictional but it really isn’t. Hop over to my blog and find out why –

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Day!

    Howard A. Sherman

  17. Here, here! I think your answer is great! I think if you are a deep reader in particular and really get emotional over your books, then yes, most of them will affect/change you - I know exactly what you mean!

    I hope you have a great week!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  18. Well, said -- new follower. I think my changes come about from realizing that the things I don't like in others are reflective of things in myself I could work on.
    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  19. Well said. I totally agree with your point. I think all the books that I've read influenced me in different ways.

    I awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award.

  20. Great answer! Definitely not a cop out! I agree that every book changes us in small ways and gives us new experiences.

  21. Hopping through. Great answer - every book truly does touch me. It may be that I'm only touched while I'm reading the book and then I immediately forget it, but every book has an impact. Even the books I hate.
    Happy weekend!
    My Hop

  22. I'm a new follower via the hop :)
    I feel the same way about books, they change me, even a little bit.

    Beth from

  23. Diana Gabaldon's "OUTLANDER" did it for me. I cannot stop reading since I read her books last October. She is the reason why I started blogging about books. Have a super weekend. I am your newest follower. Come and visit me at

  24. Hey stopping by from the Blog Hop, great blog. Am now a follower!

  25. Thanks everyone for hopping by! I’m glad to hear so many people understand and agree. :)

    Julie, Thank you! It’s a bit of a pink explosion here. :P

    Sniffly Kitty, I know!! Then I’m screaming at the character the whole time.

    Patricia, Thank you for the follow! I hope you enjoy your time here.

    Logan, Haha, well, I can’t very well stay that way after raging against an evil character for an entire book! :P

    Steph, Thank you for the follow! Hope you enjoy it here. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Aik, Thank you!

    Beth, Thank you for following! I hope you enjoy it here. :)

    Mandy, Thank you for following! I have the Outlander series on my TBR. I admit, I’m a little intimidated by their length!

    Literary Cravings, Thank you for stopping by and following!

  26. I totally agree with you every book can have an impact on us whether it be a small one or a big one. :)

    Have a good rest of the weekend!

  27. Great answer. Totally not a cop out. You're answer is exactly why I found this a hard question to answer!!!


  28. Definitely not a cop-out. I understand where you're coming from :)

    Have a great weekend!

    My hop is here

    Happy Reading,
    Zakiya LadyWings

  29. Thanks for hopping by! (and for not thinking my answer is a cop out!)

  30. Hey I agree there are a lot of book that have influenced me. I'm a new follower!

  31. I think your post really captured what books are supposed to do for the reader. How nice!

    I'm visiting from Book Blogger Hop; be sure to visit me too!

  32. Thank you, and thanks for hopping by!


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