Recently, I’ve been thinking about the impact books can have on our lives. Books can make us feel so much and invoke such profound emotion. They can open open our eyes to new ideas and make us question social norms. They can take us to different worlds, show us magic and time travel, all while reminding us how important it is to believe in ourselves. They ask us existential questions and help us realise what’s important to us.
Simply put, books can change our lives. The series that’s changed mine is A Darker Shade of Magic. V. E. Schwab’s magical tales about four different Londons captured my imagination like no other. The world and characters stunned me; I fell in love with how brilliantly the books were written. They changed my life by making me feel such depth of emotion and uplifting me with hope and optimism at a time when I needed it. And to top it all off, reading this series not only reminded me of why I want to write – to create those same feelings of hope in others – but made me put pen to paper again.
While thinking about this, I tweeted my followers asking which books had changed their lives. What I received were some brilliant, moving, and thought-provoking responses.
Becca @beccasbookrealm had a couple of different choices!
Lauren @ACityOfBooks went for an epic sci-fi tale.
And Shaun @BigGayShaun offered a great LGBTQIA+ choice!
There are some wonderful and diverse choices here, reflecting how we’re all influenced by books differently. It’s apparent that every single reader was passionate about their book (or books) of choice, and each person found a connection with the novel, or something that truly spoke to them written within the pages.
I got so many wonderful responses to this poll, that I couldn’t fit them all in one post, so I’ll be posting a Part II in a few days.
I’d love to know which book has changed your life and why? Has a book made you think differently about the world, or simply given you hope when you needed it most? Drop me a comment and let me know!