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November 25: Books That You’re Grateful For
Prompts: What are some books that you’re grateful for? What books have had the biggest impact on your life? How did you discover them?
Welcome everyone to the last LTB of November! Today’s topic is great, and I believe it is either suggested by Aria herself or perhaps someone anonymous? I have never thought about what books I am “grateful” for, so this ought to be interesting.
I think books that I am grateful for often have a huge impact on me and end up becoming some of my favourite books. It may not change how I necessarily act or think, but most of the time it does give me perspective or at least affect a little bit my opinion of similar books.
When I was young, I really enjoyed a book called The Supernaturalist and honestly I hardly remember what it was even about or why I liked it. But I definitely remember that I liked it. Later I read Memoirs of a Geisha, and I think that really changed the way of how books affected me. Is a pattern starting to appear? Finally, in this new age, my new favourite impactful book has been The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
I think the pattern are these big melodramas, with realistic scenarios with heartbreaking choices and decisions no one could make. Something about the way that even as a third person omniscient, there was just almost no right answer, and everything is just a choice and a path you take, and you can’t look back. I really admired the persistence of all the characters as well, despite whatever obstacles life threw at them (and there were many).
I think all of these books were really just randomly discovered. Two were suggested by friends, and I believe one was given (donated) to me! I really don’t know if there’s any rhyme or reason as to why I ended up reading these books, but I think that’s the beauty of it too. When you are looking for a book to change your mind, that already alters your perception of the book. I think it’s impossible to try and do that intentionally; rather it just happens when you read books that resonate with you.
Which books changed your lives or perspectives? Let me know in the comments below!
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I always find it difficult to answer this kind of question because I don’t know if I’d say any particular book “changed my life”. I think it sounds weird when I put it that way but, like you said, it didn’t necessarily change the way I acted but there are many books that make me thankful I’m a reader for different reasons. I’ve learned a lot even through fiction about real life issues, like racism and privilege, the LGBTQIA+ community, and mental health. Other books just make me thankful for being a reader because I get to experience amazing character relationships and dynamics and fantastical new worlds! 😍 Evelyn Hugo is a book I read years ago but it’s definitely stuck with me. It’s really an incredible piece of work! Great post.
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