What is the one book that left you speechless, rocked your world, made you rethink your entire life, and changed the way you see life itself?
Share your story about that book, the one that might not be your favourite, but impacted you the most.
I might be silly, but for me it will always be Harry Potter. I literally grew up reading them. During that time I lost both of my grandmas and they really helped me cope. There is this one quote that made an impact on how I understand death: "to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure".
Whenever I feel lonely or sad, I turn to those books. And somehow after reading even just a few pages filled with friendship, sorrow, happiness and magic, everything seems okay again.
I'm going to be the one posting about a comic-BOOK! Sure, I like novels too. I even write as a hobby! But while I did read plenty and still enjoy me some, Dai No Daibouken was one that left an impact in my life, as it was my first manga experience (not anime, I've been watching Japanese cartoons literally since my mother brought me home from hospital after I wa born). And if you're a fellow nerd/geek for Japanese (pop)culture, there's nothing that needs explaining to understand the feeling.
A stolen life by Jaycee Dugard.
It is a memoir about her life when she was held captive for 18 years. it changed my life because i also am being held captive but not by an individual but by my depression and anxiety and her book gives me hope that one day thing will be normal.
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, which made me fall down the rabbit hole that is tumblr.
Hunger Games. I, as a young mom, hadn't read a book in years until I watched the first Hunger Games movie. That storyline touched something in me and I had to read the book. They say that the book is always better. Well, 2.5 days later I had read the entire series. And now, some 5 years later, I have read hundreds of books. So, Hunger Games turned this non-reader into someone that would rather read than sleep. I am getting my kids into reading also.
Martian by Andy Weir
It was the book that is helping me to go through my depression. Mark Watney - an astronaut tries to survive becouse he has been left alone on Mars. Even if it is hard for him sometimes, he keeps working, step by step, one simple task after another. I... somehow managed to do something similar. Step by step. With some trashy disco in the background.
Definitely Terry Pratchet books. All of them. It's the best way for little girl to growing up when your authority is Esme Weatherwax not one the Disney princesses.
This is one of the lesser known books because it exists solely online but I would have to say the 'Strangers in the Vents' Saga. It was a book that I found online in my high school days and read during 3rd period every day, I cannot for the life of me remember what website I was on but it was an amazing tale of misfits, wallflowers and all around ignored people in the background, finding a way to survive in a corrupted nearly apocalyptic kingdom. A more known book that I love would be The Host.
Definitely the Anne of Green Gables series. I grew up with Anne and she never left me. I learned a lot of her. Every books are full of poetry and optimism. The work of L.M. Montgomery doesn't have age and travel the time.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. A controversial story, the one that you can only love or hate in my opinion. After all the classic literature that I had to read while in high school, this was a great change that definitely made an impact on me. At first I saw the movie, but since I got the actual book I've read it again and again. I got more interested in biographies of travelers, which I really like until now. Not to mention that it actually made me visit Alaska.