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What Books Changed Your World?

Another flood of creative thinking, courtesy of Twitter; check out the hash tag #booksthatchangedmyworld and you'll see what I mean. Here, Twitter users far and wide are gushing about the books that impacted their lives, from predictable classics to the Bible to books about breastfeeding.

On her New Yorker blog today, Susan Orlean talks about how she randomly mentioned her love for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford on Twitter using the hash tag and was shocked to see the flood of tweets that followed. She's since published a full list, including one of mine: Jane Eyre.

So of course, I have to ask, what books changed your world? And don't forget to follow me on Twitter.

RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Lolita changed my perception of what language can do.
cambrianoelle cambrianoelle 7 years
I haven't read for fun in a looong time :( so my knowledge of books is limited to high school and below... but I also really loved The Great Gatsby, I remember Fahrenheit 451 leaving an impression on me, and my all-time fave will always and forever be There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom... I think every kid should read that book, SUCH a cute story!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Generation X and microserfs. by Douglas Coupland. The fact that someone who'd never met me seemed to put my thought process into words made me feel so much less alone. Way back in fourth grade, I read this book called Lizard Music where a boy goes to another world. It scared the livin' bejeezus out of me, seriously. But it gave me a HUGE appreciation for the craft of writing, and got the little wheels turning in my head. It inspired me to write.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
The Road Less Traveled
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Oh, and The Invisible Man.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
So many. Off the top of my head, I would say Fear of Flying, Lucky, The Great Gatsby, and Just As Long As We're Together (it changed my 4th-grade world).
rhyne589 rhyne589 7 years
The Lovely Bones has probably affected me more than any other book I've ever read...such a different take on Heaven!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Anna Karenina, definitely. I can't really say it changed my outlook on anything in particular, but I fell so in love with it. Fahrenheit 451 made me notice changes in education and society more. I totally agree with bryseana on The Giving Tree and I also agree with Betty Wayne on Siddhartha, especially in terms of experiencing vs simply learning. And Norman Mclean's story A River Runs Through It has the best ending I have ever read in any literature. It is so beautiful. I can read it over and over and take something different from it each time. I don't know, I think everything I read changes me in some way. It's so hard to choose!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse. Takes the duality of man and expands it into the multiplicity of man. Also, Siddharta by Herman Hesse. The most important thing is always love.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
What Happened to Lani Garver? by Carol Plum-Ucci
bryseana bryseana 7 years
The Giving Tree is a very moving story to me. I cry every time I read it. ha
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden. changed my life.
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