Has a book changed your life?

The first set of books that I was hooked on were the Dr. Seuss books. I would read them over and over again. I remember I was so proud because I could read them by myself. The next memorable set of books were The Little House on Prairie books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember I would beg my mom to take me to the library so I could get the next book in the series. Then, came the romance novels which I would devour.

Did these books change my life? Yes. They created a love of reading within. Weekly trips to the library and countless hours of reading, “the just one more chapter’ or ‘just one more page,” which of course never was true.

As I got older, I stopped reading. I am not sure as to why, but I stopped. I don’t recall being asked to read classics in school either. Perhaps poor schooling or just life happened. I did however became more of a magazine article reader. I would read books here and there, the ones that “everyone” was talking about, but that was it.

As stated in a previous blog posts, I picked up my reading habit once again when the pandemic hit. I think I read a total of twenty-three books that year. And from that point forward, I have committed to reading and I set a reading goal in Goodreads. Last year I read 2 more books that I had set for myself. Let’s see how this year goes as now I have added a writing goal too.

Going back to the question, have the books changed my life? Yes. All of them have.

With each book I read, I take something from it. Whether it be a new perspective or insight on a given topic or an affirmation of what is known, there is even the occasional “this is bananas” insight. I am always learning something from what I am reading, even the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy offered up some interesting learnings.

So yes, a book, many books, have changed my life mostly because I have most likely learned something new.


1 Comment

  1. Great post. I agree, every book you read changes your life. Good luck on your reading goal this year!

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